Alyssa Milano partner

Dave Bugliari was born on 17 December 1980, in New Jersey, USA, and is a talent scout as well as a talent agent, but probably best known as the husband of actress Alyssa Milano. His wife found fame in her role in the original “Charmed” series in which she played Phoebe Halliwell. Alyssa Milano‘s legal battles with her ex-manager have come to an end. The Charmed star and her husband, David Bugliari, have settled the $10 million lawsuit they filed in 2017 for alleged fraud ... Alyssa Milano’s Hope Project Middle School. Author: ... Then Hope meets her new lab partner, Camila, and they get off on the wrong foot. And even though Camila is great at science, she doesn’t want to join the science club. The club is all boys, and she doesn’t feel welcome. Executive producer Alyssa Milano said the filmmakers understood they were creating a “time stamp on this moment in history.” “This is a movie that young women will watch and be inspired ... Dave Bugliari Wiki and Net Worth. Known as a business executive, but also as the husband of actress Alyssa Milano, David Bugliari was born on 17 December 1980 in New Jersey, USA, meaning that he’s American by nationality, is 38 years old, and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius. David’s relationship with Milano helped him rise to fame and become better known in the media, however, it also ... WASHINGTON — Alyssa Milano was on Capitol Hill in a floral dress and black Dr. Martens combat boots, her hair pulled into a tight bun atop her head. This is the look — the bun and the boots ... Alyssa Milano is a 47 year old American Actress. Born Alyssa Jayne Milano on 19th December, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, she is famous for Whos the Boss, Melrose Place and Charmed in a career that spans 1983–present and 1980–present and 1982–present. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Long termer update

2020.08.17 00:23 bunk-blog Long termer update

So from experience on this sub, when reading about the long termers, you don’t hear much about people getting better. I’m here to update you on my own situation, and show you the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I was real sick and now I’m betterish? 6 or whatever months later.
Buckle up this is a long ass post & Im trying to add all the random important details.
I got sick late February, I went to a concert at a popular venue with a friend. A friend from NYC was visiting her that weekend. I got sick, and then I never got better.
My symptoms were a complete spectrum of random. I had horrible, unusually sweaty extremities. Like, “sorry I need a towel to wipe my hands”, sweaty. I was literally unable to eat. I lost 20 lbs. The only thing I could choke down was smoothies. And then I had what I would call “adrenaline surges”. I would shake, be unable to walk. My heart would race when I stood up to use the restroom. I had to sit down in the shower because I got tunnel vision. I went from being a very active 28 year old, to spending my 29th birthday on the couch, continually apologizing to my partner for my lack of ability/enthusiasm. My periods became unusually heavy. I’m not married, we have two kids together, & I can confidently say when we do make the; “in sickness and in health” vow, my partner will hold his end of the line.
And then I underwent a battery of medical tests to try to figure out what was happening. CT scans, ultrasounds, blood tests, everything. Everything came back as normal.
So medical tests suck to begin with, but when you’re visibly sick, and unable to eat, and every test comes back as normal or fine, you start to question your own sanity. Every single doctor told me in a loving concerned voice, maybe this is just your anxiety. But I knew this wasn’t anxiety. I have an intimate relationship with panic attacks and this ain’t it baby. In a weird way I would get my hopes up before my appointments that maybe this scan would show the cancer or whatever was wrong with me and we would finally be able to move forward. But it wasn’t cancer thank the lord baby Jesus.
I finally had someone who walked through my medical history with me, and got nitty gritty no holds bar, and then actually believed my symptoms.
So turns out I have a preexisting condition (EDS-hypermobility) that often leads to a thing called POTS. I’m thankful to have friends in high places who were able to ask me things my primary doctor wouldn’t, like hey, can you do any weird things with your hands/elbows???. My heart rate, confirmed by my Fitbit, would jump from 80 to 130/150 every time I stood up for extended periods. That is what was causing my inability to eat/nausea, and my slew of other symptoms everytime I tried to function in a normal human type of way. I’m not trying to say that every long termer has POTS, but COVID is a vascular disease, and the relationship is interesting.
Anyways now my hair is falling out in clumps (sorry alyssa milano ain’t lying). I totally stopped consuming alcohol & caffeine, added a ton of hydration and salt to my diet and have seen a -15 beats per minute drop in resting heart rate. My palms don’t sweat anymore and I can stand up the entire time I’m showering. I’m not 100%. I’d say I’m about at 70% of what I once was. But better than 0?!. I feel like I’m actually getting better, which is amazing and inspiring and I encourage you to find what works for you.
Also I encourage you to pressure your doctors to believe you, which is obviously easier said than done. Because this shit fucks people up, and continues to fuck people up. Hopefully the medical society will start to understand the long term effects so you won’t have to go though 3+ CT scans to be told condescendingly it’s all in your head.
Love y’all. Hang tight.
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2020.06.11 08:05 ArchVileSoup List of American traitors

A number of individuals, companies, outlets, and media institutions have stepped forward to announce that they support the groups enabling riots, violence, vandalism, theft, assault, and murder taking place at the hands of vandals and thugs across the United States of America. Anyone looking to find out which companies, brands, and content creators have betrayed the trust of the American people by aligning with groups that support the deconstruction of Western values, this list will enlighten you as to who the traitors are so you can stay informed.
[Note:] Some of the people/brands/companies on this list are not headquartered in America. However, they still cater to and influence the American (consumer) audience, and in light of their influence to help sway the views of American citizens, they have been added to the list.
Corporations/Brands by alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Celebrities/E-celebs by alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Corporations/Brands
100 Thieves (E-sports organization) – Traitor
20th Century Studios – Traitor
2K Games – Traitor
343 Industries (Halo developer) – Traitor
500 Women Scientists – Traitor
A&E Network – Traitor
ABC Network – Traitor
Abelton (Audio company) – Probation
Academy Awards – Traitor (Obviously)
Acer America – Traitor
ActBlue – Traitor
ACLU – Traitor
Activision Blizzard (Winnie The Flu’s minion) – Traitor
Adidas – Traitor
Adobe – Traitor
Adult Swim – Traitor
AIGA Design – Traitor
AirBnB – Traitor
AltPress (Music News) – Traitor
Amazon – Double Traitor
AMD – Traitor
American Airlines – Traitor
American Express – Traitor
American Institutes For Research – Probation
Americans For The Arts – Traitor
Amplitude Studios – Traitor
Anastasia Beverly Hills (Cosmetic company) – Traitor
Ancestry (Genealogy database) – Traitor
Anime Expo (Convention) – Traitor
Aniplex (Anime production) – Traitor
Annapurna Interactive (Indie publisher) – Traitor
ANR (Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights) – Traitor
AOL (From the 1990s) – Traitor
Apollo Theater – Traitor
Apple – Traitor
Arab American Institute – Traitor
Arc System Works (Developer) – Traitor
Armani – Probation
Asobo Studio (A Plague Tale developers) – Traitor
ASTRO Gaming – Traitor
AT&T (Held iPhones hostage for five years) – Traitor
Atari (Impostors) – Traitor
Atlanta Records (Record company) – Traitor
Audible (Audio book company) – Traitor
Autodesk (Development software) – Traitor
Avalanche Studios – Traitor
Avid – Traitor
AVN Media Network – Traitor
AXE Body Spray (Keeping women at bay) – Traitor
BabyNames.com – Traitor
Bad Robot Entertainment – Traitor
Balenciaga – Traitor
Bandai Namco Entertainment – Traitor
Bandcamp – Traitor
Bang Zoom! Entertainment – Traitor
Bank of America (Allowed to steal $45 billion from the U.S. Treasury) – Traitor
Barnes & Noble – Traitor
Bayer (Science organization) – Probation
Beamdog (Developer) – Traitor
Behaviour Interactive (Dead By Daylight developer) – Traitor
Believe Global (Music promoter) – Traitor
Ben and Jerry’s (Ice cream) – Traitor
Benefit Cosmetics – Traitor
Be Quiet! (PC parts supplier) – Traitor
Bergdorf Goodman – Traitor
Best Buy – Traitor
Bethesda (Doesn’t pay modders for fixing their games) – Double Traitor
BioWare (A company with a tired face) – Traitor
Blabber Mouth (Rock music news site) – Traitor
Black Metal & Brews (Music review site) – Traitor
Blackstar Amps (Guitar amp supplier) – Probation
Bleacher Report – Traitor
Blueberry (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Bluehost – Probation
BMW USA – Traitor
Booking.com – Traitor
Books Are My Bag (Book curator) – Traitor
Boomerang (Cartoon streaming) – Traitor
Boost Mobile – Traitor
Bossa Studios (Surgeon Simulator developer) – Traitor
Bratz (Toys for thots-in-training) – Traitor
Brazzers – Traitor
Brookefield Zoo – Probation
Budweiser – Traitor
Bungie (Destiny developer) – Traitor
Burberry – Traitor
Burger King – Traitor
Callaway Golf – Probation
Call of Duty (War propaganda) – Traitor
Campbell’s Soup – Traitor
Capcom USA (Game publisher) – Traitor
Capital Records – Traitor
Cartoon Network – Traitor
Cash App – Traitor
CBS – Traitor
CD Baby (Music distributor) – Traitor
Center For American Progress (Think tank) – Traitor
Certain Affinity – Traitor
Change.org – Probation
Chaosium – Probation
Cheap Ass Gamer (Game sales) – Traitor
Chevron – Traitor
Chick-fil-A (Christian food) – Traitor
Chip Theory Games (Board game maker) – Traitor
Chucklefish (Game maker) – Traitor
Chili’s Bar & Grill – Traitor
Cinemablend – Traitor
Cisco (Tech company) – Traitor
Citibank – Traitor
Cloak (Clothing brand) – Traitor
Cloudflare – Traitor
Cloud Imperium Games (Star Citizen developers) – Traitor
CNET – Traitor
Coloured Raine Cosmetics (Cosmetic company) – Traitor
Coca-Cola – Traitor
Color of Change – Traitor
Columbus City Council – Traitor
Comedy Central – Traitor
Conde Nast (Parent company for a Communist hive) – Traitor
Continuous Delivery Foundation – Traitor
Corsair (Component maker) – Traitor
Cosplay Realm Magazine – Traitor
Covergirl – Traitor
Crackle TV – Probation
Creative Assembly – Traitor
Creative Commons (Non-profit licensing solution) – Traitor
Creative Review – Traitor
Criterion Collection – Traitor
Crucial Memory (Tech company) – Traitor
Crunchyroll (Producers of High Guardian Spice) – Traitor
CryEngine (Software development tool from Crytek) – Traitor
Curve Digital (Game publisher) – Traitor
CW Network – Traitor
Cyberpunk 2077 (Video game) – Traitor
D’Addario (Guitar strings) – Traitor
DC Comics – Traitor
Death Wish Coffee – Probation
Deep Silver (Game publisher) – Traitor
Def Jam Recordings – Traitor
Dell (Cheap PC maker) – Traitor
Derpibooru (Imageboard) – Traitor
Design Milk (Home decor) – Traitor
DeviantArt (Furry breeding ground) – Traitor
Devolver Digital (Game publisher that insincerely tries to be edgy) – Traitor
Dickies – Traitor
Discord (Another furry breeding ground) – Traitor
Digital Extremes (Warframe developer) – Double Traitor
DigiXArt (Game developer) – Traitor
Dimension Ink Games (Developer) – Traitor
Dior (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Discovery (TV network) – Traitor
Disney (Ruining childhoods) – Double Traitor
DistroKid – Traitor
Dollar General – Traitor
Dollar Tree – Traitor
Dolby – Traitor
Dolce & Gabbana – Traitor
Door Dash (Delivery company) – Traitor
Doritos (Gamer fuel) – Traitor
Double Fine Productions (Failed at sock-puppet math) – Double Traitor
Dreamworks (Discount Pixar) – Traitor
Dribble (Creative community) – Traitor
Dr. Martens Footwear – Traitor
Dropbox – Filthy Triple Traitor
Drug Policy Alliance – Traitor
Drum Workshop – Virtue-Signaling Traitor
DualShockers (Gaming news outlet) – Traitor
Dungeons & Dragons (The original Christian nightmare) – Traitor
EA Sports – Traitor
eBay – Traitor
Eddie Bauer – Traitor
EFF – Traitor
Eidos Montreal (Deux Ex developer) – Traitor
Electronic Arts (Gambling enthusiasts) – Double Traitor
Elektra Music Group (Music distributors) – Traitor
Eleven Arts – Traitor
Elevation Church – Probation
Elgato Gaming (Streaming solutions) – Traitor
E-Line Media (Game publisher) – Traitor
EMILY’s List (Pro-choice PAC) – Traitor
Entertainment Software Association (Guardians of loot boxes) – Traitor
Epic Games Store (CCP training tool) – Traitor
Epiphone (Guitar maker) – Probation
Ernie Ball (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Etsy – Traitor
Eurogamer – Traitor
EVO (Core values) – Traitor
Extra Credits – Traitor
F1 (Racing organization) – Traitor
Family Dollar – Traitor
Fanatical (Software distributor) – Traitor
Fandango (Ticket sales) – Traitor
Fandom (Fan-ran wiki) – Traitor
Fender (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Field Museum – Traitor
Fight For The Future – Traitor
Fine Brothers (Content creation brand) – Traitor
Finji (Night In The Woods developer) – Double Traitor
Firework TV – Traitor
Focusrite (Audio interface production) – Traitor
Forever 21 (Fashion outlet) – Traitor
Fox TV – Traitor
Freeform TV – Traitor
Fruit By The Foot (Tag-team partner with Gushers) – Traitor
Fujitsu America – Probation
Funimation – Traitor
Funko (Toy maker) – Traitor
Fur Affinity (You don’t want to know) – Traitor
Game Informer (GameStop’s b*tch) – Traitor
Game Revolution (Gaming news site) – Traitor
GamesIndustry.biz – Traitor
Gamespot – Traitor
GameStop (Essential during COVID-19) – Traitor
Games Workshop (Warhammer licensor) – Traitor
GameZone – Traitor
Garfield Eats – Traitor
GaymerX (Gay gamers) – Traitor
Gearbox Software (Borderlands creators and destroyers) – Traitor
General Assembly (Business educators) – Traitor
General Mills – Probation
General Motors – Traitor
Gematsu (Gaming news) – Traitor
Ghost Adventures (TV show) – Traitor
Gibson (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Github – Traitor
GKIDS Films – Traitor
GLAAD – Traitor
GNOME Foundation (Non-profit software distro) – Traitor
GoFundMe – Double Traitor
Goldman Sachs – Traitor
Google (Evil) – Double Traitor
Goose Island Beer – Traitor
Gorilla Glue (Glue company) – Traitor
Goto.Game (Gaming resource) – Traitor
Grand Central Pub (Book publisher) – Traitor
Grammarly – Traitor
Greenpeace – Traitor
Grindr – Traitor
Gucci – Traitor
Guerrilla Collective (Games festival) – Traitor
Guerilla Games (KillZone developers) – Traitor
Guitar Center – Traitor
Gumroad (E-commerce company) – Traitor
Gundam Planet (Official Gundam product retailer) – Traitor
Gushers (Tag-team partner with Fruit by the Foot) – Traitor
Häagen-Dazs (Obesity’s best friend) – Traitor
Hatchette Books (Book publisher) – Traitor
Half-Price Books (Bookstore chain) – Traitor
Hallmark – Probation
Harebrained Schemes (Game developer) – Traitor
Hardsuit Labs (Game developer) – Traitor
Harley-Davidson – Traitor
Harmonix – Traitor
Hasbro – Probation
HBO Max – Traitor
Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter developer) – Traitor
Hershey’s – Probation
Hinterland Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Hi-Rez Studios (Game developer) – Traitor
History Channel – Traitor
Hitachi U.S.A. – Probation
Hollywood Records – Traitor
Home Depot – Traitor
Honda – Traitor
Hootsuite (Social media news management) – Traitor
HostGator – Probation
House House (Untitled Goose Game developers) – Traitor
HP – Probation
Hulu – Traitor
Human Rights Campaign – Traitor
Humble Bundle – Traitor
HyperX (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
IAFFE (NGO) – Traitor
Ibanez Guitars – Traitor
IBM – Traitor
Idea Factory International (Game localizer) – Traitor
IGN (6/10) – Traitor
IGN Australia – Traitor
iHeartRadio (Music broadcaster) – Traitor
IKEA USA (LEGOS for adults) – Traitor
Indeed.com (Job search) – Traitor
Indiegogo (Crowdfunding service) – Traitor
IndyCar Series – Probation
Infinity Ward (Game developer) – Double Traitor
Insomniac Games – Traitor
Instagram – Traitor
Intel – Double Traitor
Island Records – Traitor
Itch.io (Indie gaming store) – Double Traitor
iZotope – Traitor
Jagex (Runescape developer) – Traitor
JAKKS Pacific (Toy maker) – Traitor
JCPenny – Traitor
Jet Blue (Travel agency) – Traitor
JFrog – Traitor
Jim Dunlop (Guitar picks) – Probation
Johnson & Johnson – Traitor
Kellogg Copmany – Traitor
Kerrang! Magazine (Rock magazine) – Traitor
KFC – Traitor
Kindle (E-reader) – Traitor
Kink.com – Traitor
Kitfox Games (Indie developers) – Traitor
Klei Entertainment (Don’t Starve developers) – Traitor
Kobo (E-reader) – Traitor
Kodansha Comics (Manga publisher) – Traitor
Kohl’s (If you can’t afford designer fashion) – Traitor
Kotaku (Blogging activists) – Traitor
Last.fm – Traitor
Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights – Traitor
LEGO – Traitor
Level 99 Games (Board game maker) – Traitor
Levi’s – Traitor
Lexus – Probation
Lifetime TV (Channel for lonely cat ladies) – Traitor
Limited Run Games – Traitor
LinkedIn – Traitor
Linux Foundation – Traitor
Little Orbit (Developer) – Traitor
Logitech – Traitor
L’Oréal Paris – Traitor
Louis Vuitton – Traitor
Lowe’s – Probation
LPGA – Probation
Luminosity Gaming (E-sports organization) – Traitor
Lush Cosmetics – Traitor
Lyrical Lemonade – Traitor
Lyft (Taxi service) – Traitor
Maybelline – Traitor
Macy’s (Martha Stewart’s personal playground) – Traitor
Magic: The Gathering (Trading card game) – Traitor
Make-A-Wish Foundation – Traitor
Manga Entertainment – Traitor
Mapex Drums – Probation
Marc Jacobs (Designer fashion) – Probation
Marijuana Policy Project – Traitor
Marvel Entertainment – Traitor
Martin Guitar – Traitor
Master Card – Traitor
Materia Collective (Music producers) – Traitor
Mattel (Toy company) – Traitor
McCormick * Company – Probation
McDonald’s – Traitor
MediaJustice – Traitor
Metal Blade Records – Probation
Metal Hammer Records – Traitor
MetalSucks (Leftist news site) – Traitor
Michael Kors (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Microsoft – Traitor
Minecraft – Traitor
MOD Pizza – Traitor
Moog Synthesizers – Traitor
Mondelēz Intl – Traitor
MoveOn Organization – Traitor
Mozilla – Traitor
MSI Gaming (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
MTV – Traitor
Mythical Entertainment – Traitor
Napalm Records – Traitor
NARAL (Abortion specialists) – Ironic Traitor
Native Instruments (Audio company) – Traitor
National Women’s Law Center – Traitor
NBC Entertainment – Traitor
NBC Universal – Traitor
NCSoft (MMO publisher) – Traitor
Neiman Marcus – Traitor
Nerdist – Traitor
Netflix (Left-wing propaganda) – Traitor
New Balance – Traitor
New Democrat Coalition – Traitor
Newgrounds (Edgelord’s first baby-step) – Traitor
NewRetroWave (Retro music promoter) – Probation
Nextdoor – Traitor
NFL – Traitor
Niantic Labs (Pokemon Go developer) – Traitor
Nickelodeon – Filthy Triple Traitor
NightDocs (YouTuber) – Traitor
Nike – Traitor
Nintendo of America (But NOT Japan) – Traitor
Nissan – Probation
NodeJS (Javascipt library) – Traitor
Noisy Pixel (Gaming news outlet) – Traitor
Nokia – Probation
No More Robots (Not Tonight developers) – Traitor
Nordstrom – Traitor
NORML Canada (Marijuana advocacy organization) – Traitor
Norvina (Cosmetic brand) – Traitor
Novation (Audio software) – Traitor
NYAV Post (Recording studio) – Traitor
NZXT (PC component supplier) – Traitor
Obsidian Entertainment (Game developer) – Traitor
Oddysey Golf – Probation
Offworld Industries (Squad developer) – Traitor
Olay – Traitor
Olympus – Traitor
Oprah Winfrey Network – Traitor
Orangeamps (Guitar amps) – Traitor
O’Reilly Media (Entrepreneurial advisors) – Traitor
OriginPC (PC maker) – Traitor
Otakon (East coast weeb convention) – Traitor
Outer Loop Games (Indie developers) – Traitor
Paiste Nation (Cymbal maker) – Traitor
Pandora Music – Traitor
Panera Bread – Traitor
Paradox Interactive (Publisher & developer) – Traitor
Paramount Network – Traitor
Paramount Pictures – Traitor
Parsons Xtreme Golf – Probation
Patreon (Hipster welfare) – Traitor
Paypal (Legal money laundering) – Traitor
PAX (Almost cancelled over Dickwolves) – Traitor
PC Master Race (Official PCMR org) – Traitor
PETA (Pokemon’s greatest nemesis) – Traitor
PC Gamer – Traitor
Pearl Drums (Drum maker) – Traitor
Peavey Electronics – Probation
Penguin Books USA – Traitor
Pepsico – Traitor
Pfizer Inc. – Traitor
PGA Tour – Traitor
Philips – Probation
Pinterest – Traitor
Pixar – Traitor
Planet Peebles (Arts and crafts) – Traitor
Planned Parenthood (All lives matter… except for fetusus) – Traitor
Playboy – Traitor
PlayStation – Double Traitor
PlayStation Japan – Traitor
PlayStation Lifestyle (PlayStation news site) – Traitor
Plugin Boutique – Traitor
Pokemon – Traitor
Poly – Traitor
Popeyes Chicken – Traitor
Pop-Tarts – Probation
Porsche – Probation
Pornhub (Subversion) – Traitor
Power Rangers – Probation
PPI (Progressive policy) – Traitor
PQube Games (Localization publisher) – Traitor
PreSonus (Audio software) – Traitor
Print Magazine – Traitor
Procter & Gamble (Mega corporation) – Traitor
Promark Drumsticks – Traitor
PRSGuitars (Guitar maker) – Traitor
Public Citizen (NGO) – Traitor
Puma – Traitor
Pusheen The Cat (E-tailer) – Traitor
Rare Ltd (Game developer) – Traitor
Raw Fury (Game publisher) – Traitor
Reason Studios (Music production) – Traitor
Rebellion (Game developer) – Traitor
Red Hat – Traitor
Redox (Healthcare resource) – Traitor
Republic Services – Traitor
Reddit (Communism) – Traitor
Reebok – Traitor
Remo Inc. (Drumhead maker) – Traitor
Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall developer) – Traitor
Revelation Records – Probation
Revlon – Traitor
Riot Games (League of Legends developer) – Traitor
Rising Star Games (Game publisher) – Traitor
Roadrunner Records – Traitor
Rockstar Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Traitor
Rock Sound Magazine – Traitor
Rock The Vote – Traitor
Rogue Fitness – Traitor
Rolling Loud (Music festival) – Traitor
Rooster Teeth (Production company) – Traitor
RPG Site (Gaming news) – Traitor
RuPaul’s Drag Race (NSFL) – Traitor
Rust (Programming language) – Traitor
Saint Laurent – Probation
Sample Magic (Royalty free audio samples) – Traitor
San Diego Comic-Con – Probation
San Japan Convention – Traitor
Santa Monica Studio (Gave Krato’s his wife’s son) – Traitor
Screen Junkies (Multimedia outlet) – Traitor
SCUF Gaming (Peripheral maker) – Traitor
Sega – Traitor
Sekai Project (H-Game publisher) – Traitor
Sennheiser – Traitor
Sephora – Traitor
Sesame Street – Double Traitor
Seymour Duncan (Guitar pickups and pedals) – Traitor
Shady Records – Traitor
Shonen Jump – Traitor
Showtime – Traitor
Shudder (Horror streaming network) – Double Traitor
Siliconera (Gaming news) – Traitor
SiriusXM – Traitor
SKA Studios (Salt & Sanctuary developer) – Traitor
Sketchfab – Traitor
SK Gaming – Traitor
Skillet Music – Traitor
Skill Share (Learning specialists) – Traitor
Smart – Probation
Smartsheet (Tech solutions) – Traitor
Snapchat – Traitor
Sony – Disgusting Traitor
Sony Music – Double Traitor
Sony Pictures – Traitor
Soulstone Cymbals – Traitor
Soundcloud – Traitor
Southern Poverty Law Center – Traitor
Southwest Airlines – Traitor
Spitfire Audio – Traitor
Spotify – Traitor
Spriters Resource – Traitor
Square (Card reader company) – Traitor
Square Enix (Game publisher) – Traitor
Starbucks (Hipster hangout) – Traitor
Star Trek (Waning quality) – Traitor
Star Wars (Feminist propaganda) – Double Traitor
STARZ – Traitor
State Farm – Traitor
Steam – Probation
Steel Series (Product maker) – Traitor
Strymon (Boutique electronics) – Traitor
Subset Games (FTL developers) – Double Traitor
Subway – Probation
Super Rare Games – Traitor
SUSE (Open source platform) – Traitor
Sweetwater (Audio gear) – Traitor
Swing Left – Traitor
SXSW – Traitor
SYFY (Cheap) – Traitor
Sysco Corporation – Traitor
Taco Bell (A toilet’s best friend) – Traitor
TAMA Drums – Traitor
Target – Traitor
TASER (Consumer self-defense) – Traitor
TBS Network – Traitor
TCG Player (Trading card company) – Traitor
Team17 (Game publisher) – Traitor
Team Meat (Meat Boy developers) – Double Traitor
TechRadar (Tech site) – Traitor
TechRaptor (Gaming news) – Traitor
TeePublic – Traitor
Telemundo (TV network) – Traitor
Tesco – Probation
Thatgamecompany (Journey developer) – Traitor
The Black Caucus – Traitor
The Body Shop – Traitor
The British Library – Traitor
The Coalition (Gears of War developer) – Traitor
The Orchard (Music distributor) – Traitor
The Pokemon Company (Game maker) – Traitor
The Socialist Party – Traitor
The Tor Project – Traitor
Threadless – Traitor
Thunderful Publishing (Game publisher) – Traitor
TikTok – Traitor
Threadless – Traitor
Ticketmaster – Traitor
Tinder (Keeping abortion clinics busy since 2012) – Traitor
T-Mobile – Traitor
Toei Animation – Traitor
Tokyo Otaku Mode – Traitor
TOMS – Traitor
Tom’s Hardware (Tech site) – Traitor
Toonami – Nonstop Virtue–Signaling Quintuple Traitors
Toontown – Traitor
Tooth & Nail Records (Record label) – Traitor
Toyota USA – Traitor
TronicsFix (Electronics repair) – Traitor
TT Games (Game developer) – Traitor
Tumblr (Cursed progenitor of Social Justice Warriors) – Traitor
TuneCore (Music distributor) – Traitor
Turn 10 Studios (Forza developer) – Traitor
Turnitin (Tech-learning solutions) – Traitor
TV Land – Traitor
Twitch.tv – Traitor
Twitter – Traitor
Uber (Spying taxi service) – Traitor
Uber Eats (Food delivery) – Traitor
Überliss – Traitor
Ubisoft (Cloning specialist) – Traitor
Udemy (Learning facilitators) – Traitor
Ulta Beauty – Traitor
Ultra Music – Traitor
Under Armour – Traitor
United Airlines – Traitor
Unilever (Business news) – Traitor
Universal Music Group – Traitor
University Of Berkeley – Traitor
Urban Decay – Traitor
U.S. Steel – Probation
UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) – Traitor
Vanguard Group – Traitor
Vans (If skateboard culture were shoes) – Traitor
Vater Percussion – Traitor
Verizon Media – Traitor
Versace (Designer fashion) – Traitor
Vevo – Traitor
VH1 – Traitor
Viacom/CBS – Traitor
Vic Firth (Drumstick supplier) – Traitor
ViewSonic – Probation
Virgil Abloh – Traitor
Vigor (Developed by Bohemia Interactive) – Traitor
Virgin Records – Traitor
Virtual Wrestling United – Traitor
Visa – Traitor
Vizio – Traitor
Viz Media – Traitor
Volition Software – Traitor
Volkswagen – Traitor
VRV – Traitor
Wacom (Software productivity) – Traitor
Walmart – Traitor
Warhammer – Traitor
Warner Bros. Entertainment – Traitor
Warner Media – Traitor
Warner Music Group – Probation
Warner Records – Traitor
Webtoon – Traitor
Wells Fargor – Traitor
Wendy’s (Pimped their mascot as a waifu) – Traitor
Wildbrain (Children’s programming) – Traitor
Wix – Traitor
WordPress – Traitor
Worldstar Hip Hop – Traitor
Wraith Games (Developers) – Traitor
WWE – Traitor
Xander (Advertising agency) – Traitor
XBIZ (Second-rate faps) – Traitor
Xbox – Traitor
Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight developers) – Traitor
Yahoo! – Traitor
Yamaha Music – Probation
Yelp – Traitor
Yen Press (Comic book publisher) – Traitor
YouTube – Traitor
YMCA – Traitor
Yorkshire Tea – Traitor
Ysbryd Games (Boutique publisher) – Traitor
Zbrush – Traitor
Zildjian Company (Drum kit maker) – Traitor
Zoom (Video communications) – Traitor
Zynga (Incubators for microtransactions) – Probation
Celebrities/E-Celebs
2Z (K-pop group) – Traitor
5 Seconds of Summer (Musician) – Traitor
Aaron Mahnke (Podcaster) – Traitor
Adam Conover (Got owned by Joe Rogan… live) – Double Traitor
A Day To Remember (Musician) – Probation
Addison Riecke (Actress) – Traitor
Aidan Gallagher (Actor) – Traitor
Alpharad (YouTuber) – Traitor
Alexa (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Alex Gaskarth (Singer) – Traitor
Alexis Tipton (Voice actress) – Traitor
Allegra Clark (Voice actress) – Traitor
Alyssa Milano (#MeToo hypocrite) – Traitor
Amanda Lee (Voice actress) Double Traitor
Amber Liu (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Amy Marie (Game Theory editor) – Traitor
Andrew Yang (Politician) – Traitor
Andy Biersack (Singer) – Traitor
Andy Milonakis (Trying to breathe) – Traitor
Angelskimi (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Anita Sarkeesian (Destroyed the entire gaming industry) – Traitor
Anna Akana (Actress) – Traitor
Anne Munition (Streamer) – Traitor
Anonymous (hacking group) – Traitor
AntDude (YouTuber) – Traitor
Anthony Padilla (Smosh co-founder) – Traitor
Anthrax (Musician) – Probation
Aquana (Streamer) – Traitor
Ariana Grande (Wore a micro-skirt to a funeral) – Traitor
AriaSaki (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Arlo Stuff (YouTUber) – Traitor
Ashton Kutcher (Cougar hunter) – Traitor
Atreyu (Musician) – Traitor
AttackingTucans (Content creator) – Traitor
Avatar Metal (Musician) – Probation
Axel Braun – Traitor
Ben Eller (Guitarist) – Traitor
Beni (Singer) – Traitor
Ben Saint (Comic book artist) – Traitor
Ben Schwartz (Actor) – Traitor
Ben Stiller (Could never make a Tropic Thunder 2) – Traitor
Binging With Babish (YouTuber) – Traitor
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” – Traitor
Billie Eillish (Singer) – Traitor
Black Nerd – Traitor
Black Sabbath (Rock legends) – Traitor
Blake Lively (Actress) – Traitor
Bon Jovi (Was once Wanted Dead or Alive) – Probation
Brendon Urie (Panics at the disco) – Traitor
Brie Larson (Lacks a butt) – Traitor
Britney Spears (Singer) – Traitor
Bruno Mars (Singer) – Traitor
BTS (Femboys cosplaying as male singers) – Traitor
Bunni (I don’t know who the hell this is) – Traitor
Butch Hartman (Fairly Oddparents creator) – Probation
CalebCity (YouTuber) – Traitor
Chadtronic (YouTuber) – Traitor
Charli D’Amelio (Tiktok thot) – Traitor
Chevy Chase (Comedic icon) – Probation
Chiitan (Aspiring troublemaker) – Traitor
Chris Evans (Captain America) – Traitor
Chrisiousity (YouTuber) – Traitor
Chris Ray Gun (YouTuber) – Insincere Traitor
Chris Sabat (Tested if couch’s could cast) – Traitor
Chrissy Teigen (???) – Traitor
Chris Stuckmann (YouTuber) – Traitor
Christina Aguilera (Singer) – Traitor
Chuck Wendig (Impotent rage) – Traitor
Chuggaaconroy (YouTuber) – Traitor
Civvie11 (YouTuber) – Traitor
Cliffy ‘B’ Bleszinski (Used to make games for real men) – Traitor
Coach Gregg Popovich – Traitor
Comment Etiquette (YouTuber) – Traitor
Conan O’Brien (Way past his prime) – Traitor
Cory Barlog (Director of God of War) – Traitor
Cory Davis (Director of Spec Ops: The Line) – Traitor
Council of Geeks (YouTuber) – Traitor
Courtney Miller (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Cranbersher (Animation streamer) – Traitor
Crank Gameplays (YouTuber) – Traitor
Cr1TiKaL (Former world’s best slap-fight commentator) – Traitor
Cristina Vee (Singer & beloved voice actress) – Traitor
Critical Role (Roleplaying snowflakes) – Traitor
Crush (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Crystal Kay (Singer) – Traitor
Damien Haas (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Daniel “ZhugeEX” Ahmad (Industry analyst) – Guileful Traitor
Daniel D. Fox (Zweihander RPG creative director) – Traitor
Daniel Ibbertson (From Slopes Game Room) – Traitor
David Baszucki (Roblox CEO) – Traitor
Dave Bautista (Former superstar) – Traitor
Dave Davidson (Musician) – Traitor
David Guetta (Musician) – Traitor
David Hayter (Voice of a legendary soldier) – Traitor
David Szymanski (Dusk developer) – Probation
Delilah S. Dawson (Feminist Star Wars author) – Traitor
Demi Lovato (Dat ass) – Traitor
Disguised Toast (Streamer) – Traitor
Docm77 (Streamer) – Traitor
D0mics (YouTuber) – Traitor
Don Cheadle (Actor who starred in Traitor) – Traitor
Donna Brazile (Burned Bernie in 2016) – Traitor
Dove Cameron (Singer) – Traitor
Dr. Disrespect (Former role model) – Traitor
DreamcastGuy (YouTuber) _ Traitor
Dr. Lupo (YouTuber) – Traitor
Dude Perfect (Former purveyors of masculinity) – Traitor
Easy Allies (Streamers) – Traitor
Ed Boon (Former rebel) – Traitor
Ed Sheeran (Singer) – Traitor
Ellen DeGeneres (Dances better than she tells jokes) – Traitor
Ellie Goulding (Singer) – Traitor
Eminem (Inverted Oreo) – Traitor
Eric Nam (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Erin Fitzgerald (voice actress) – Traitor
Ethos (Samurai Zero creative director) – Traitor
Eva Marie (Couldn’t hang with Fandango) – Traitor
Exhumed (Musician) – Traitor
Fall Out Boy (Musician) – Traitor
FalseProof (YouTuber) – Traitor
FaZe Clan (E-sports competitors) – Traitor
Felicia Day (Fake gamer girl) – Traitor
Fergie (Wasn’t hot enough to keep Josh Duhamel from cheating) – Traitor
Fever 333 (Musician) – Traitor
Floaromaa (Streamer) – Traitor
Food Wishes (YouTuber) – Traitor
Foo Fighters (There goes my hero) – Traitor
Foxtrot44 (Streamer) – Traitor
Francesca Capaldi (Actress) – Traitor
Frank Iero and the Future Violents (Musician) – Traitor
FrivolousFox (YouTuber) – Double Traitor
Fuslie (Streamer) – Traitor
GameGrumps (YouTubers) – Traitor
Gigguk (YouTuber) – Probation
Glimmer (Podcasters) – Traitor
Goatwhore (Musician) – Probation
Godswill Ugwa Jr. (Viz Media community manager) – Traitor
Green Day (Musician) – Traitor
Greta Thunberg (Puppet) – Traitor
Gun Inaccuracies In Media – Insincere Traitor
Guns N’ Roses (Musician) – Traitor
H3H3 Productions (Disgraced) – Traitor
Halsey (Confused) – Traitor
Harry Styles (Only talented member of One Direction) – Traitor
Hasanabi (Streamer) – Traitor
Hayley Williams (Singer) – Double Traitor
HBomberguy (YouTuber) – Developing Traitor
Hillsong Worship (Musician) – Probation
Holland (Singer) – Traitor
Hoobastank (Musician) – Traitor
Ice Cube (Needs to swallow) – Traitor
Ify & Fiona(Entertainer) – Traitor
Iggy Azalea (Singer) – Traitor
iGumDrop (Streamer) – Traitor
iJustine (Digger) – Traitor
Imagine Dragons (Musician) – Traitor
Incubus (Musician) – Probation
Indeimaus (YouTuber) – Traitor
Internet Today TV (YouTuber) – Traitor
IntroSpecktive (YouTuber) – Traitor
ItsFunneh (YouTuber) – Traitor
Izzy Hale (Musician) – Traitor
James Charles (Catfishing heterosexual men) – Traitor
JackSepticEye (YouTuber) – Filthy Triple Traitor
Jad Saxton (Voice actress) – Traitor
Jaiden Animations (YouTuber) – Traitor
James Willems (Has really tiny dreams) – Double Traitor
Jamey Jasta (Singer) – Traitor
Jamie Marchi (Voice actress) – Traitor
Jane Fonda (Former sex symbol) – Traitor
Jason Derulo (One-hit wonder) – Traitor
Jax Blade Fitness (Blacked.com dream hire) – Traitor
Jay Park (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Jeffree Star (Opportunist) – Traitor
Jeff Gerstmann (Catalyst for proto-#GamerGate) – Probation
Jenna Marbles (Productive thot) – Traitor
Jennifer Scheurle (Guild Wars 2 narrative lead) – Traitor
Jenny Vu (Streamer) – Traitor
Jesse Cox (Still pondering if it’s gay to be trapped ) – Traitor
Jessi (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Jessica Nigri (Overrated cosplayer) – Traitor
Jessie Pridemore (Cosplayer) – Traitor
Jim Caddick (Streamer) – Traitor
Jim Gaffigan (What a man sounds like if he never left puberty) – Traitor
Jimmy Fallon (Paid to laugh) – Traitor
Jim Sterling (Former free speech advocate) – Traitor
Jirard Khalil “The Completionist” (YouTuber) – Double Traitor
J.K. Rowling (Revisionist storyteller) – Traitor
J. Michael Tatum (Voice actor) – Traitor
John Cena (Carried WWE on his back for 15 years) – Traitor
John Patrick Lowrie (Voice actor) – Traitor
John Wolfe (YouTuber) – Traitor
JoJo (Singer) – Traitor
Joel Osteen (Salesman) – Probation
Jonathan Paula (Jogwheel owner) – Traitor
John Boyega (Rey’s simp) – Traitor
Joshua Ovenshire (YouTuber) – Traitor
Joshua “TheJWittz” Wittenkeller (YouTuber) – Traitor
Joy Reid (MSNBC anchor) – Traitor
Justin Bieber (Home-schooling gone wrong) Misguided Traitor
Justin Trudeau (Face-paint extraordinaire) – Traitor
Jvcki Wai (K-Pop singer) – Double Traitor
Kanye West (Gave Taylor Swift PTSD) – Traitor
Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Giants) – Traitor
Kevin Woo (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Kathryn Knutsen (YouTube video editor) – Traitor
Katy Perry (Singer) – Traitor
Kesha Rose (Singer) – Traitor
Kevin Bacon (Never won an Oscar) – Traitor
Kevin Fagaragan (Artist) – Traitor
Kevin Hart (Unfaithful) – Traitor
Kim Kardashian (Cottage cheese connoisseur) – Traitor
Kinda Funny Games (YouTuber) – Traitor
KoneKoKitten (YouTuber) – Traitor
Korn – (Musician) – Traitor
KSI (Beat the snot out of Logan Paul) – Traitor
L.A. Beast (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lady Devann (Community manager for Bethesda) – Traitor
Lady Gaga (Musician) – Traitor
Lasercorn (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Last Podcast On The Left (Podcasters) – Traitor
Lauren Orlando (Conceited) – Traitor
LazarBeam (Tiktok reviewer) – Traitor
Lazy Game Reviews (Game reviewer) – Traitor
Lee Howon (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
LegacyKillaHD (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lele Pons (Singer) – Traitor
Lil’NasX (Rapper) – Traitor
LilyPichu (Artist) – Traitor
Link Neal (Mythical co-founder) – Traitor
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Cultural appropriator) – Traitor
Linus Tech Tips (YouTuber) – Traitor
Lisa Su (AMD CEO) – Traitor
Little Mix (Musician) – Traitor
Lockstin & Gnoggin (YouTuber) – Traitor
Logan Paul (YouTuber) – Fake Traitor
Louis Tomlinson (Former member of One Direction) – Traitor
Lucahjin (YouTuber) – Traitor
Madison Beer (Singer) – Traitor
Madonna (Perpetually chasing relevancy) – Traitor
Malu Trevejo (Singer) – Traitor
Man Overboard (Musician) – Traitor
Mara Wilson (Actress/Author) – Traitor
Marianas Trench (Musician) – Traitor
Mari Takahashi (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Marie Lu (Author) – Traitor
Mark Hamill (Senior breastfeeder) – Traitor
Mark Hoppus (Musician) – Traitor
Markiplier (If chocolate had a voice) – Traitor
Mark Ruffalo (Straightened out a lesbian) – Traitor
Mark Tuan (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Mark Wahlberg (Sega CD rapper) – Traitor
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook lizard) – Traitor
Marshmello (Constantly seeking approval from Ninja) – Traitor
MatPat From Game Theory (YouTuber) – Traitor
Matt McMuscles (YouTuber) – Traitor
Matt Reeves (Director of The Batman) – Traitor
Matt Sohinki (Streamer) – Traitor
Maximilian Dood (Actually defended Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite) – Traitor
Max Scoville (IGN reporter) – Traitor
Mayday Parade (Musician) – Traitor
Mayor Muriel Bowser – Traitor
Michael Jordan (Legend) – Traitor
Michelle Rojas (Voice actress) Traitor
Mikey Way (Musician) – Traitor
Ministry (Musicians) – Traitor
Miso (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Mitt Romney (Got bodied by Obama… twice) – Traitor
Mizy (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Modern Vintage Gamer (YouTuber) – Traitor
Monica Rial (Wanted Vic’s dick) – Traitor
MrBeast (YouTuber) – Traitor
MrSuicideSheep (Musician) – Traitor
Muyskerm (YouTuber) – Traitor
NadeShot (E-sports competitor) – Traitor
Natalie Portman (Actress) – Traitor
Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann (Golfing expert) – Double Traitor
Nelstar15 (Square Enix influencer relations and streamer) – Traitor
Nessa Barrett (Next-level thot) – Traitor
Nikki & Brie Bella (Famous thanks to John Cena and Daniel Bryan ) – Traitor
Nina Lu (Actress) – Traitor
Nine Inch Nails (The only good meme from Digg) – Probation
Nintendrew (YouTuber) – Traitor
NitroRad (YouTuber) – Traitor
No.1 Alex (Streamer) – Traitor
Noah Schnapp (Actor) – Traitor
Nolan North (Used to be the best in the business) – Traitor
Noname (No clue but very popular) – Traitor
Ohnips (Artist who draws fap-bait and is fap-bait) – Traitor
Olivia Sui (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Optimus (Streamer) – Traitor
Ozzy Osbourne (Musician) – Traitor
Pamela Horton (Playboy’s Bayonetta) – Traitor
Panic At The Disco (Creator of Highest Hopes) – Traitor
Paramore (Musician) – Traitor
Patton Oswalt (Kevin James’ lackey) – Traitor
PeachJars (Uber-thot) – Traitor
Pewdiepie (YouTuber) – Probation
PeanutButter Gamer (YouTuber) – Traitor
Peter Park TV (Streamer) – Traitor
Phil “Amazing Phil” Lester (YouTuber) – Traitor
Phil Spencer (Was Xbox’s last hope) – Traitor
PIEGUYRULZ (YouTuber) – Traitor
Pokimane (Thot) – Traitor
Police Chief Michael Shaw (Scared) – Traitor
Poofesure (YouTuber) – Traitor
ProJared (Tried and failed to become Sailor Mercury) – Traitor
Quackity (YouTuber) – Traitor
QuarterJade (Streamer) – Traitor
Quinton Reviews (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rami Ismail (Vlambeer’s clout chaser) – Traitor
Randy Orton – Traitor
Randy Pitchford (Financial Magician) – Traitor
Raymond Toro (My Chemical Romance) – Traitor
Ray Parker Jr (Singer) – Traitor
Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe creator) – Traitor
RelaxAlax (Streamer) – Traitor
ReviewTechUSA (YouTuber) – Traitor
Revocation (Musician) – Traitor
RevScarecrow (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rhett McLaughlin (Co-founder of Mythical) – Traitor
Richard A. Fowler (Fox New contributor) – Traitor
Rihanna (Singer) – Traitor
Rise Against (Musician) – Traitor
Risorins (Artist) – Traitor
Rita Ora (Singer) – Traitor
Rob Delaney (Comedian) – Traitor
Roddenberry Podcasts – Traitor
Rosanna Pansino (YouTuber) – Traitor
Rowan Blanchard (Actress) – Traitor
Ryan Reynolds (Pegged Deadpool) – Traitor
Samuel Kim (K-Pop star) – Traitor
Sabrina Carpenter (Singer) – Traitor
Sara Ventura (Localizer for Nintendo) – Traitor
Sarah Whittle (Smosh Games producer) – Traitor
Scarra (Streamer) – Traitor
Scott Wozniak (YouTuber) – Flimsy Traitor
Sean Chiplock (Couldn’t prevent Hyper Universe’s demise) – Traitor
Sean Plott (From Day9.tv) – Traitor
Secrets (Musician) – Traitor
Selena Gomez (Celebrity) – Traitor
Seth Rogen (Celebrity leech) – Traitor
Sharla In Japan (YouTuber) – Traitor
Shaun (Perturbed over the mortally challenged) – Traitor
Shayne Topp (Smosh Games member) – Traitor
Shinedown (Musician) – Traitor
Simple Plan (Musician) – Traitor
Simply Nailogical (YouTuber) – Traitor
Sky-Hi (Singer) – Traitor
Skill Up (YouTuber) – Traitor
Smash Mouth (Musician) – Traitor
Smosh Games (YouTubers) – Traitor
SomeCallMeJohnny (YouTuber) – Traitor
SomeOrdinaryGamers (YouTuber) – Traitor
SonicFox (Worst human being on the face of the planet) – Furry Traitor
Son of a Glitch (A+ Start StreameYouTuber) – Traitor
Stacey Abrams – Traitor
Starsmitten (YouTuber) – Traitor
Stephen King (Writer) – Traitor
Stephanie Sheh (Voice actress) – Traitor
Steve Ballmer (LA Clippers owner) – Traitor
Steve Carell (Actor) – Traitor
Stephen Georg (YouTuber) – Traitor
Stop Skeletons From Fighting (YouTuber) – Traitor
Suicide Silence (Musician) – Traitor
Sum 41 (Musician) – Traitor
Summer Rae (Human Barbie doll) – Traitor
SungWon Cho (Actor who hasn’t been in any major movies) – Traitor
Sunny Malouf (Singer) – Traitor
Taeyang (K-pop singer) – Traitor
TeamFourStar (Content creators) – Traitor
Teawrex (Streamer) – Traitor
Technology Connections (YouTuber) – Traitor
The Beatles (Musicians) – Traitor
The Black Dahlia Murder (Musician) – Traitor
The Great Clement (YouTuber) – Traitor
TheOdds1Out (YouTuber) – Traitor
The Pussycat Dolls (Strippers pretending to be singers) – Traitor
The Rock (Used to be the most electrifying man in entertainment) – Traitor
The Weeknd (Singer) – Traitor
Tia Ballard (Funimation voice actress) – Traitor
Tiger JK (K-pop singer) – Traitor
Toby Fox (Undertale developer) – Traitor
Travis Barker (Musician) – Traitor
Travis Scott (Musician) – Probation
Twenty One Pilots (Musician) – Probation
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins (Streamer) – Weak Traitor
Tyler Scheid (Youtuber) – Traitor
Valkyrae (Streamer) – Traitor
Victoria Justice – (Proto-thot) – Traitor
Vikkstar (YouTuber) – Traitor
VintageBeef (Streamer) – Traitor
Warbringer (Musician) – Traitor
Wil Wheaton (Being told to shut-up since 1988) – Traitor
xChocoBars (Streamer) – Traitor
Xell (Streamer) – Traitor
Yo Mama (YouTuber) – Traitor
YongYea (10-min content creator) – Double Traitor
Yoshiller (GoNintendo writer) – Traitor
Yvonnie (Streamer) – Double Traitor
Zac Effron (Human Ken doll) – Traitor
ZackScottGames (Wholesome) – Traitor
Zak Bagans (Travel Channel host) – Traitor
Zedd (Musician) – Traitor
Zelo (K-Pop singer) – Traitor
Zeltic (Should have stuck to Hyrule) – Traitor
Zombie Cleo (YouTuber) – Traitor
Zombie Unicorn (Tried to bully bullies and got bullied) – Traitor
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2020.02.25 17:49 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: democrats top posts from 2015-10-14 to 2020-02-24 12:57 PDT

Period: 1594.44 days
Submissions Comments
Total 997 73940
Rate (per day) 0.63 46.36
Unique Redditors 174 17833
Combined Score 1559452 703773

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 347739 points, 268 submissions: therecordcorrected
    1. Brian Klaas: "The President is openly attempting to go after the owner of a private business because that person also owns a newspaper that accurately reports unflattering stories about the White House. This is literally what Erdogan & Putin did. Republicans in Congress are enabling this too." (17382 points, 470 comments)
    2. Lawrence O'Donnell on Twitter: "The president who did NOT run toward the sound of the guns in Vietnam 50 years ago, now labels an officer with a handgun a "coward" for not running toward the sound of an AR15. Trump is by far the most cowardly president in history." (9771 points, 252 comments)
    3. Stephen King on Twitter: "Fuck your wall. Split that 5 billion between at-risk children who don’t have lunches and vets who can’t get proper medical and psychological treatment. Fuck your vanity project. Do something good for once." (9161 points, 192 comments)
    4. White House claimed Trump had a day full of meetings, but the truth emerges with a swamp selfie: One problem for POTUS and his staff. The Newsmax CEO tweeted a photo and it became clear Trump was not in high-level meetings, he was playing golf. (8152 points, 81 comments)
    5. Adam Schiff: "If the President wanted to know what happened, which was self-reported by the NSA, he could ask. Instead he watches TV and tweets nonsense, as if he’s a Fox pundit, and not head of the Executive Branch. Another day. Another false claim. Wake up, GOP. Silence is complicity." (6494 points, 77 comments)
    6. Oprah for President – another billionaire pseudoscience pusher looking for a job: Ms. Winfrey has been a strong supporter of Jenny McCarthy, who is simply a member of the anti-vaccine religion. Oprah foisted onto the world Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the most reprehensible pushers of scientific nonsense. (4719 points, 428 comments)
    7. George Takei: "Folks are acting as though we had no choice but to use tear gas at our border. But we have known about this group approaching for weeks. We could have had buses and agents ready to process people in an orderly and humane way. Instead, Trump closed the border and gassed them." (3546 points, 271 comments)
    8. Dan Shapiro: "Yes, Obama congratulated Putin in 2012. That was before Russia invaded Ukraine, before Russia deployed to Syria to back Assad's genocide, before Russia interfered in US elections, before Russia launched a CW attack in the UK. Pay attention: Trump's own people know he blew this." (3511 points, 92 comments)
    9. Clara Jeffery on Twitter: "Those 5,000 troops sitting on the border waiting for a few hundred bedraggled migrants to show up a month from now could be digging fire lines and helping to evacuate people and livestock from California instead." (3148 points, 132 comments)
    10. Kaitlan Collins on Twitter: "With President Trump seated before him, French President Macron says, "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying 'our interests first'...we erase what a nation hold dearest...its moral values."" (2938 points, 93 comments)
  2. 194874 points, 80 submissions: VegaThePunisher
    1. It would not be polite to ask the President to walk farther than 100 feet without a golf cart. (19072 points, 82 comments)
    2. He will stop at nothing. (14954 points, 433 comments)
    3. Tell them, Mr. President! (12540 points, 219 comments)
    4. Thank you, Mr. President. (10315 points, 387 comments)
    5. American Disasters. (5733 points, 310 comments)
    6. The Democrat Economic Curve. (5562 points, 554 comments)
    7. The situation summed up. (5436 points, 683 comments)
    8. ShickenChit. (4078 points, 281 comments)
    9. “Obama golfed too much.” (3944 points, 210 comments)
    10. Authoritarianism has come to America. (3857 points, 272 comments)
  3. 153388 points, 134 submissions: progress18
    1. Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama (8102 points, 169 comments)
    2. Trump 'likely obstructed justice' in Comey firing, could be impeached, Brookings Institute says (4947 points, 109 comments)
    3. Like a Boss (2128 points, 132 comments)
    4. Republican Gerrymandering Has Basically Destroyed Representative Democracy in Wisconsin (2028 points, 80 comments)
    5. Joe Biden says silence in the face of white supremacy 'is complicity' during fiery speech against Trump (1951 points, 125 comments)
    6. Scott Walker narrowly loses Wisconsin governor's race – and he can't ask for a recount because of a law he put in place (1917 points, 79 comments)
    7. Betsy DeVos is unfit to lead the Education Department. It's time for her to resign. (1905 points, 53 comments)
    8. Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to defy Trump and override his veto of the border wall emergency declaration (1902 points, 73 comments)
    9. 'The Red MAGA Hat Is the New White Hood' Says Alyssa Milano in Twitter Storm (1866 points, 278 comments)
    10. Despite Trump's campaign promise to revive U.S. manufacturing, General Motors to slash 14,000 jobs, close up to 5 plants (1815 points, 139 comments)
  4. 123950 points, 60 submissions: skepticalspectacle1
    1. Join The Battle For Net Neutrality! Don't Let The FCC Destroy The Internet! (30256 points, 19 comments)
    2. Republican ‘pro-life’ congressman slept with patients and paid for their abortions: ‘God has forgiven me’ (19739 points, 863 comments)
    3. Why is it easier to blame 150,000,000 Americans being 'lazy' rather than 400 Americans being greedy. (10606 points, 217 comments)
    4. This is a picture of NRA President Wayne Lapierre with a confessed Russian Spy (2564 points, 118 comments)
    5. McConnell Received $3.5M In Campaign Donations From Russian Oligarch-Linked Firm (2185 points, 63 comments)
    6. Say it again, for those in the back (1912 points, 92 comments)
    7. If they didn't already exist, public libraries would strike people as the most outlandish left-wing idea. (1727 points, 74 comments)
    8. McCabe: My firing is part of effort to undermine Mueller probe (1683 points, 77 comments)
    9. Colbert on Pat Robertson's "bottom line" view of Khashoggi's murder. (1622 points, 54 comments)
    10. Paul Ryan tries to tout a 1.50 a week raise, gets shut down hard. (1583 points, 51 comments)
  5. 66906 points, 34 submissions: anutensil
    1. Sean Spicer admits to White House coordination with Fox News on DNC murder conspiracy reports (11511 points, 316 comments)
    2. Trump Has Spent More Than Three Months This Year At His Properties, Adding to Ethics Concerns - "Americans, on average, get 15 paid vacation days a year, but use only 12. Trump has taken more than 100." (8544 points, 210 comments)
    3. ‘We are stronger than you’: VA governor blasts ‘pretend patriot’ white supremacists for Charlottesville violence (6194 points, 181 comments)
    4. "This is not Fox." Joy Reid shuts down Trump adviser who implies Clintons killed someone (5116 points, 338 comments)
    5. Conservatives Shocked To Discover That Milo Yiannopoulos Is A Terrible Human Being (3041 points, 100 comments)
    6. Trump Will Require All EPA Science to Be Screened by Political Staffers - Reminder: This is the guy who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax. (2896 points, 99 comments)
    7. Trump’s golfing binge is delaying White House duties - Every single American should be able to agree Trump broke at least one promise he made before his 2016 presidential election victory: no golfing. (1938 points, 81 comments)
    8. Republican Fox & Friends pundit, overcome with emotion, says he can’t defend Trump anymore - "He has failed us." (1902 points, 86 comments)
    9. Trump’s biographer says his Twitter flailing isn’t a grand distraction scheme because he’s not smart enough for that (1737 points, 54 comments)
    10. Kushner family business under investigation by Maryland AG for jailing tenants to collect debts (1669 points, 70 comments)
  6. 56043 points, 2 submissions: BumBiddlyBiddlyBum
    1. This is President Barack Obama. He did not sell Americans out to the telecom lobby, but instead called upon on the FCC to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, which they did at his instruction in 2015. (54434 points, 442 comments)
    2. Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador (1609 points, 37 comments)
  7. 55271 points, 50 submissions: dolphins3
    1. Nancy Pelosi: It really tells you all you need to know about the priorities of Washington Republicans that a bill to make it easier to vote, increase government transparency, get dark money out of politics & empower working people in our elections is met with such disdain. #ForThePeople (3276 points, 130 comments)
    2. Hillary Clinton: Only about 1% of abortions happen later in pregnancy—almost always because a woman’s health or life is at risk, or the pregnancy is no longer viable. Lying about this is dangerous, and a slap in the face to families who face heartbreaking situations. (3253 points, 160 comments)
    3. Senator Doug Jones: The shutdown should have never happened. What the President signed yesterday was the same thing the Senate passed unanimously in December. 35 days later we are back to square 1. Mr. President you want people to have good faith dialog, but good faith is a two way street. (1907 points, 55 comments)
    4. Hillary Clinton: Voting isn't a privilege. It's a right. And requiring voters to pay off fines and fees to exercise that right is a modern-day poll tax. (1654 points, 167 comments)
    5. Hillary Clinton: As of today, this shutdown is the longest in history. The costs are already high: People are missing paychecks, losing business, or working without pay. Our national parks are overrun with trash. The FDA and FBI warn of the harm to our food safety and national security. (1514 points, 136 comments)
    6. Hillary Clinton: In one week, we have the chance to flip 17 governorships from red to blue. Here are four incredible candidates who deserve your support: (1337 points, 14 comments)
    7. Hillary Clinton: Yesterday was the court-ordered deadline for the administration to reunite families it has separated at the border, but more than 700 children are not yet back with their parents. Let’s keep making our voices heard until every single family is reunited. (1264 points, 142 comments)
    8. AOC: For men who are allegedly so “proud” of being straight, they seem to show real incompetence at attracting women to their event. Seems more like a “I-Struggle-With-Masculinity” parade to me. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Hope they grow enough over the next year to support / join LGBTQ fam next #Pride! 🏳️‍🌈 (1244 points, 98 comments)
    9. Hillary Clinton: The House just passed a bill to require background checks on all gun sales in the country. It's the first gun control legislation to pass since 1994. Thank @gabbygiffords, @lucymcbath, @speakerpelosi and so many others for their work on this issue by calling your senators! (1241 points, 101 comments)
    10. Joe Biden: No one should live in fear of being fired, evicted from their home, or denied service in a restaurant just because of their gender identity or who they love. The #EqualityAct is long overdue, and will ensure LGBTQ Americans are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. (1223 points, 54 comments)
  8. 32133 points, 24 submissions: wenchette
    1. House Republicans pull health care bill (5159 points, 245 comments)
    2. America has never seen a party less caring than 21st-century Republicans (3334 points, 96 comments)
    3. Susan Collins Is Now Trailing Her Democratic Challenger in New Poll (1951 points, 93 comments)
    4. NY Defense Attorney: "For context on Manafort’s 47 months in prison, my client yesterday was offered 36-72 months in prison for stealing $100 worth of quarters from a residential laundry room." (1949 points, 64 comments)
    5. Alex Jones flees to Vimeo, is immediately banned there as well (1693 points, 111 comments)
    6. As He Exits the House, It's Worth Noting That Paul Ryan Has Failed Spectacularly (1479 points, 31 comments)
    7. Roy Moore Banned From Mall After Locals Were Troubled by His Interactions with Teen Girls (1457 points, 23 comments)
    8. Michelle Obama Launches Voter Registration Campaign (1323 points, 126 comments)
    9. GOP strategist admits: House Dems look "like America & our future" but House Republicans look "like Board meeting of 1950s corporation... basic law of politics: be for the future not past." (1294 points, 43 comments)
    10. New Survey Shows Young People Are Staying Liberal, Conservatives Are Dying Off (1102 points, 90 comments)
  9. 26206 points, 21 submissions: jonfla
    1. No President facing criminal indictment for violation of Federal laws, potentially including treason, should be allowed to nominate a Supreme Court Justice (5110 points, 232 comments)
    2. The Republican-Fox News plot to have Mueller fired is gathering steam (1506 points, 74 comments)
    3. Hypocrisy Hits Home: Trump’s Allies Suddenly Care About Decorum And Unity After Pelosi Tears Up SOTU Speech (1440 points, 174 comments)
    4. Rep. Cummings (D-MD) asks Trump White House to list which ethics rules don't apply to it (1293 points, 32 comments)
    5. Mitch McConnell Rails Against 'Moscow Mitch' Nickname. What Better Way To Assure It Will Continue To Be Used (1232 points, 71 comments)
    6. Over 80,000 Sign Petition To Have Street Outside Trump Tower Named After Obama (1206 points, 63 comments)
    7. Conservative Icon George Will: Young Voters Now Consider GOP 'The Dumb Party' (1178 points, 132 comments)
    8. Trump Has Now Shifted $1.7 Million From Campaign Donors To His Private Business (1170 points, 79 comments)
    9. Trump Met With Boos, ‘Lock Him Up’ Chants At Nats Game (1143 points, 76 comments)
    10. GOP Lawmaker Breaks Ranks On Russia Report: 'We've Lost All Credibility' (1108 points, 10 comments)
  10. 20191 points, 9 submissions: jaydawg69
    1. The Press Conference (5746 points, 104 comments)
    2. Proud to be a Liberal! (4982 points, 567 comments)
    3. VOTE! (2517 points, 124 comments)
    4. Benghazi vs Mueller (1672 points, 63 comments)
    5. 3 branches of government (1225 points, 63 comments)
    6. Trump’s experiences vs Mueller’s experiences (1113 points, 72 comments)
    7. LBJ on the GOP (1061 points, 60 comments)
    8. Trump at the UN (974 points, 33 comments)
    9. His record (901 points, 69 comments)
  11. 15338 points, 1 submission: PrestoVivace
    1. Man who fueled Trump's voter fraud conspiracy is registered in 3 states (15338 points, 338 comments)
  12. 14048 points, 1 submission: dr_isk_16
    1. What a REAL President Looks Like. (14048 points, 812 comments)
  13. 12997 points, 7 submissions: Anticipator1234
    1. Remember when people like Sarah Palin shit their pants when Obama traveled on the taxpayer's dime? Trump is about to "bankrupt" the U.S. Secret Service. Where are those complaints now? (5802 points, 347 comments)
    2. Trump now lies up to 9 times a day on average lately (1616 points, 55 comments)
    3. Trump Won Because Of Lower Democratic Turnout. No Matter Who Wins The Nomination... Vote! (1451 points, 329 comments)
    4. Justice officials say AG Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador during presidential campaign, may have lied about it (1392 points, 107 comments)
    5. Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence (1106 points, 108 comments)
    6. Support for impeachment jumps in new poll (885 points, 48 comments)
    7. Not a surprise: Behind the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, another Russian (745 points, 3 comments)
  14. 12570 points, 6 submissions: KubrickIsMyCopilot
    1. Trump bans American-born man from reentering US who testified against him in Russia investigation. (6302 points, 136 comments)
    2. Fox News refuses to run ad for Oscar-nominated anti-Nazi documentary because it would offend its Republican viewers. (2049 points, 108 comments)
    3. Fox News co-founder Rupert Murdoch's New Zealand network pulled off the air over coverage of Nazi terrorist attacks. (1131 points, 40 comments)
    4. Yale professor warns time running out for Americans to stop Trump dictatorship. (1092 points, 187 comments)
    5. Cohen: fears no "peaceful transition" if Trump loses in 2020 (1015 points, 118 comments)
    6. Trump EPA advisor claimed air is "too clean," and that pollution is healthy for children's lungs. (981 points, 67 comments)
  15. 12141 points, 13 submissions: Ghdust2
    1. Texas Republicans Are Lying About Voter Fraud to Justify a Massive, Racist Voter Purge. (1302 points, 44 comments)
    2. Mitch McConnell is the problem. (1178 points, 55 comments)
    3. Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds. (1078 points, 34 comments)
    4. House Democrats’ 1st bill targets big donors, voting access. (1012 points, 58 comments)
    5. “Never again means close the camps”: Jews protest ICE across the country. (957 points, 73 comments)
    6. Kamala Harris on requiring paper ballots in all federal elections: "Because Russia can't hack a piece of paper". (954 points, 86 comments)
    7. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she has ‘zero’ sympathy for parents caught in college admissions scam. (942 points, 87 comments)
    8. It’s over. Democrat Ben McAdams ousts Republican Rep Mia Love by 694 votes. (868 points, 24 comments)
    9. ‘Serving under Trump is embarrassing’: Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits. (852 points, 49 comments)
    10. Mitch McConnell Leads the Pack in Race to Climb the Farthest Up Trump's Ass. (844 points, 26 comments)
  16. 12052 points, 13 submissions: JLBesq1981
    1. Americans rank Barack Obama as best president of their lifetimes: Poll (1677 points, 125 comments)
    2. Trump’s First 3 Years Created 1.5 Million Fewer Jobs Than Obama’s Last 3 (1174 points, 101 comments)
    3. GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate' as Senate Set to End First Witness-Less Impeachment Trial in US History (1061 points, 125 comments)
    4. “Let the Voters Decide” Doesn’t Work if Trump Fires His National Security Staff So Russia Can Help Him Again (960 points, 39 comments)
    5. Stephen Miller is no outlier. White supremacy rules the Republican party (925 points, 82 comments)
    6. Attorney General William Barr's actions are "remarkably not normal," says legal historian (845 points, 28 comments)
    7. Judge signs order permanently blocking citizenship question from 2020 census (827 points, 21 comments)
    8. Federal Law Says 'Go Back To Where You Came From' Counts As Discrimination (826 points, 20 comments)
    9. Republican Party official quits in disgust over Trump's impeachment trial, says local GOP Is "propaganda shill" for president (796 points, 25 comments)
    10. New Poll Shows 10-Point Spike In Support for Impeachment Hearings (784 points, 92 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. VegaThePunisher (14705 points, 3287 comments)
  2. Gsteel11 (7350 points, 558 comments)
  3. soda_cookie (5543 points, 2 comments)
  4. Bravot (5208 points, 1 comment)
  5. therecordcorrected (4282 points, 749 comments)
  6. kerryfinchelhillary (4166 points, 358 comments)
  7. Jeffylew77 (3890 points, 8 comments)
  8. KubrickIsMyCopilot (3387 points, 179 comments)
  9. Eternius00 (2835 points, 2 comments)
  10. UserN-me (2819 points, 260 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. This is President Barack Obama. He did not sell Americans out to the telecom lobby, but instead called upon on the FCC to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, which they did at his instruction in 2015. by BumBiddlyBiddlyBum (54434 points, 442 comments)
  2. Join The Battle For Net Neutrality! Don't Let The FCC Destroy The Internet! by skepticalspectacle1 (30256 points, 19 comments)
  3. Republican ‘pro-life’ congressman slept with patients and paid for their abortions: ‘God has forgiven me’ by skepticalspectacle1 (19739 points, 863 comments)
  4. It would not be polite to ask the President to walk farther than 100 feet without a golf cart. by VegaThePunisher (19072 points, 82 comments)
  5. Brian Klaas: "The President is openly attempting to go after the owner of a private business because that person also owns a newspaper that accurately reports unflattering stories about the White House. This is literally what Erdogan & Putin did. Republicans in Congress are enabling this too." by therecordcorrected (17382 points, 470 comments)
  6. Man who fueled Trump's voter fraud conspiracy is registered in 3 states by PrestoVivace (15338 points, 338 comments)
  7. He will stop at nothing. by VegaThePunisher (14954 points, 433 comments)
  8. What a REAL President Looks Like. by dr_isk_16 (14048 points, 812 comments)
  9. Tell them, Mr. President! by VegaThePunisher (12540 points, 219 comments)
  10. House Dems vs House GOP: Diversity on Display by Tribat_1 (11695 points, 565 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 5539 points: soda_cookie's comment in This is President Barack Obama. He did not sell Americans out to the telecom lobby, but instead called upon on the FCC to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, which they did at his instruction in 2015.
  2. 5208 points: Bravot's comment in Thank you, Mr. President.
  3. 3802 points: Jeffylew77's comment in Tell them, Mr. President!
  4. 2696 points: Eternius00's comment in Republican ‘pro-life’ congressman slept with patients and paid for their abortions: ‘God has forgiven me’
  5. 2116 points: JuanFromTheBay's comment in Republican ‘pro-life’ congressman slept with patients and paid for their abortions: ‘God has forgiven me’
  6. 2061 points: bigoted_bill's comment in "This is not Fox." Joy Reid shuts down Trump adviser who implies Clintons killed someone
  7. 1936 points: VegaThePunisher's comment in Thank you, Mr. President.
  8. 1770 points: deleted's comment in Sean Spicer admits to White House coordination with Fox News on DNC murder conspiracy reports
  9. 1711 points: IIllIIllIlllI's comment in A photo that will go down in history
  10. 1651 points: squeakim's comment in House Dems vs House GOP: Diversity on Display
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2020.02.14 19:33 penelope_reddit In light of the cancellation: What Could Have Been?

First of all, I want to say that while I'm not surprised, I'm disappointed about the cancellation. I love this show and have talked about it a lot on my tumblr, analyzed, praised, and had such a great time watching it.
There are so many things to talk about regarding this show. I'm of the belief that the cancellation and blacklash is a result of cancel culture and political correctness gone wrong, and that Insatiable is just one of many shows that will be cancelled prematurely and judged by its cover. We live in an age where the trailer can decide the fate of a series.
However, this is not a good time for that. Instead, let's talk about what could have been.
Season 2 left us on a cliffhanger. We were about to find out the father of Coralee's baby, Bob had gone to jail, and Patty had come to terms with the fact that she was a killer, in a wonderful reference to "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", Patty hit us with "Nothing tastes as good as killing feels".
Where would the story have gone next? In this way too long post I will talk about my theories for it. As for what the point is of this... well, maybe a fan fiction writer will decide to try to write a Season 3 of their own and need some ideas. Here you go, fanfic writer. My gift to you.
My theories about the unreleased Season 3:
Coralee's baby
I see two possibilities here:
  1. Shane, the massage therapist, is the father. I believe the timeline checks out (Coralee mentioned sleeping with Shane while she was angry at Bob for cheating on her, just a few episodes later she ends up having the threesome with the Bobs. Shane shows up again in Season 2, so he's not a throwaway character. Hmm?
  2. My other theory, which was my initial theory, was that Coralee's babies are actually twins, with one baby being Hot Bob's and the other baby being Other Bob's. What goes against this theory is the fact that the nurse said "the baby is fine" rather than "babies".
Now, the question is, why this? Why wouldn't the father just be Bob A or Bob B? Because Insatiable is a comedy drama, it hits you with something a bit unexpected that still makes sense if you look back. Regina being the pageant killer for example makes perfect sense, and her anger at Bob does as well with the backstory drop we get in Season 2. In Season 1 Regina even says "This started way before Miss Salty Grits" when talking to Dixie, who looks confused in response.
Bob2 and Coralee
Season 2 was setting up Hot Bob and Coralee as a "team" while Angie and Other Bob were another "team", a mirror to how Bob B and Etta Mae were presented as a perfect picturesque couple next to Bob A and Coralee. With the would-have-been Season 3 starting off as Bob A having been put in jail for murdering Roxy, Bob B's daughter, Bob B must be heartbroken.
I still believe Bob2 is the endgame, and that this season was setting up a bigger conflict between the Bobs in order to do a much deeper enemies-to-lovers storyline than Season 1. It might possibly be Bob2 + Coralee, I'm not certain about that. What I am certain about is that Coralee will stay close to the couple, whether as the third partner or as a friend. The Coralee kidnapping storyline was an obvious play on the trope Murder the Hypotenuse in which writers solve love triangles by killing off one of the love interests. (See Maya in Pretty Little Liars, Gordon in 2012, and many more.) It was a concious choice by the writers to show that Coralee was important and shouldn't be killed off just to further someone else's relationship.
I also 100% believe that they had even more big storylines in mind for Coralee, especially since Alyssa Milano said on instagram before Season 2 was relased that Season 3 is "what you never knew you always wanted".
Patty "Dexter" Bladell
While every single one of Patty's murders have been terrible, they've still been towards bad people. Her next target was Regina Sinclair, a serial killer, and the goal is to clear Bob's name. If everything went as planned, it would be too easy, but I also can't see Bob B spending most of the season in jail. I believe Patty was supposed to fail to kill Regina, and that Bob gets released based on newfound evidence- perhaps the new lawyer character would dig up a hole in the case (his fingerprints wouldn't be on Stella Rose, but Patty's would be, and maybe Coralee's too!), or Nonnie's new storyline about becoming a cop would come into play, and she would manage to find proof of Bob's innocence. This would be an enlightening moment for Patty, going back to the idea presented in the first episode about how the best revenge is a life well lived...
And then, as is tradition with this show, Patty would end up in a situation where she kills someone, either by accident or in self-defense, and we're back to square one.
Patty's real father
It's not Gordy! ... Then, who is it? I'm fairly certain Season 3 would have dug into that, and probably have Patty find herself disappointed with the result. Possibly have the would-be-dad show up midway through the season, and have Angie start falling for him again, thus driving a wedge between her and Bob A and causing him to become more involved with Bob B.
Others
Dixie, Magnolia, Brick, Coralee and Bob A's elusive second child in the military, there are lots of other characters in this show who the writers had a plan for... and I do have a few more theories/guesses.
There's no way Magnolia and Brick will stay together. In the first season he cheated and got raped by Regina and Magnolia was unforgiving, and eventually when she tries to "win him back" he's turned off by her selfishness and is instead drawn to Patty, seeing her selfless side. I expect that if there had been a Season 3, a similar situation would have played out again. Honestly, even if Brick finds out Patty is a killer, I still find this possible. Just like how Magnolia looked at the Christian situation and instead of being horrified that Patty had murdered someone, she responded with "you saved my life"- I believe the same can happen with Brick. Perhaps she kills someone and it saves him.
The Ending?
In the first episode, Patty states that Bob Armstrong was her destiny, the person who helped her become "the most famous beauty queen in the country". The Season 2 finale works fine with this.
So if there was a Season 3 and the finale was the final episode of the show, I'm fairly certain it would end with Patty going to trial (a mirror to Episode 1) and have her confess to the crimes but plead self-defense. After all, a trial is a pageant, as Bob said in the pilot. The most questionable murder Patty committed is after all the one which has already been covered up by a bunch of pigs, so I suspect she gets away with it, with only Pastor Mike with his mind-reading powers doubting her. And of course, she would win the trial.
Patty becomes the next Gloria Reyes.
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2019.05.28 03:42 birdsmom28 Alyssa Milano Sex Strike

I know most of you have probably seen the news about Alyssa Milano asking for a sex strike and she looks crazy right ? I think I know what she meant by that. I don’t think everyone would follow her on this strike but I’ll tell you what I think she meant by that.
She wants women to stop putting out for their husbands, boyfriends, partners of just casual sex. Just ALL women. I mean no ones really gonna do that but men imagine a world where no women will have sex with you. What would you do ?
I’m technically already on a sex strike because I have no partner and definitely don’t want the slightest chance of getting pregnant. I’m not gonna lie I do miss sex. I was one of those people who got pregnant on double birth control (condoms and another for of birth control) I kept him btw. So I’m literally afraid to have sex forreal.
I know it’s unrealistic that every woman would just stop putting out but my question is for the men.
I know prolifers don’t enjoy hypotheticals but I thought I’d ask.
No more sex for you equals no abortions.
Would you be willing to stop having sex to end abortion?
Edit: In this hypothetical I do not mean to end the human race just until women everywhere have rights and rights to bodily autonomy. We’re still very far away from dying out as a species if we stop having sex for 10 years it’s not the end to the human race as we know it.
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2019.05.07 11:07 LonrSpankster ACS May 7th, 2019 Adam Ray, Lynette Carolla, and Eat Your Feelings

Download/Listen: https://adamcarolla.com/blogs/podcast-archive/adam-ray-lynette-carolla-and-eat-your-feelings
Summary:
At the top of the show, Adam shares a couple stories from backstage at Gordon Ramsay’s show in Las Vegas. The guys also talk about eating Gordon’s food, a bizarre judgment call Adam made about a woman with a stroller, and Gina’s parking lot circus experience. Adam then brings up the latest stories of faux-outrage. Lynette Carolla is in studio next, and she introduces a new Carolla Drinks package called ‘Monthly Nut’. After that, Gina shares the latest ‘Eat Your Feelings’ recipe.
Adam Ray is in studio next, and the guys talk about performing at The Punchline in San Francisco. They also chat about Adam Ray’s writing partner getting sober, and joke about a new bully-themed reality TV show. Later, Gina reads news stories about the birth of the royal baby, Amy Schumer’s strange gender reveal, and a Starbucks coffee cup in the middle of a Game of Thrones scene. Adam then plays a clip from Alyssa Milano’s podcast, and the guys watch Adam Sandler’s tribute to Chris Farley. Other news stories including Kim Kardashian freeing another inmate and Oprah Winfrey leaving 60 Minutes. As the show wraps up, Adam launches into a hilarious Dr. Phil impersonation, and everyone talks about millennials not liking cash.
Listen to Read the Room on iTunes and Spotify and get tickets to see Adam at AdamRayComedy.com, get more info on Adam by following him on Twitter @AdamRay
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2018.11.15 21:12 RONDOOOOOOO Alyssa Milano, Natalie Portman, OITNB Stars & More Partner to Stop Investments in Private Prisons

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2018.02.15 11:23 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

https://archive.is/cbLoQ
Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.04 14:49 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

https://archive.is/cbLoQ
Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power '#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.03 13:36 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance” (Workers Vanguard) 26 January 2018

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 13:20 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

https://archive.is/cbLoQ
Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 12:53 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 05:25 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power '#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 05:00 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power '#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 04:30 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance” (Workers Vanguard) 26 January 2018

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 04:26 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power '#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2018.02.02 04:13 FinnagainsAwake No to Trial by Media! - Sex, Scandals and Power - #MeToo Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”

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Workers Vanguard No. 1126 26 January 2018
No to Trial by Media!
Sex, Scandals and Power
'#MeToo' Mania and the Democrats’ “Resistance”
Since Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assault exposé rocked Hollywood last fall, the net for alleged predators has been cast far and wide. What began as the Hollywood casting couch on steroids rapidly metastasized into an array of sexual misconduct allegations which are bringing down male types of all stripes—from Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor to talk-show hosts Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, from black Democrat John Conyers to bible-thumping racist Roy Moore, from comedian Louis C.K. to music mogul Russell Simmons. A wide range of behavior—including flirtation and innuendo, a vulgar text or a crude joke, not to mention unpleasant sex—is being lumped together with real crimes of coercion and assault. Those called out for sexual impropriety, no matter how trivial, how unproven or how long ago, run the media gantlet, are declared guilty and their careers ruined.
Backers of the liberal #MeToo and #TimesUp movements present this as a reckoning and cathartic response to sexual inequality. There are indeed pervasive crimes against women, but most are not being splashed across Twitter and the press in America today. In factories, the military and prisons, assault and rape are routinely covered up. Poor, black and immigrant women, as well as sex workers, have little recourse against sexual predation. Meanwhile, mum’s the word on urgent questions such as the assault on abortion rights, which have been whittled down to a formality that is inaccessible for the majority, rising costs of health care, and lack of access to childcare. The hype over “inappropriate” peccadilloes minimizes the terror of rape and trivializes sexual abuse, like that suffered by numerous female Olympic gymnasts for decades under their doctor Larry Nassar. Such hype also does nothing to address women’s subordination and oppression, which are built into capitalist society.
The #MeToo campaign is about sex, but it is just as much about power and politics. The Democratic Party is scrambling to cohere the so-called resistance to Donald J. Trump, who is accused of harassment by over a dozen women. To make the whole campaign go down easier, leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand had to wash the party’s hands of its own sexual misconduct gaffe and dump Minnesota Senator Al Franken. It was a political calculation that cost them little, allowing them to posture as defenders of women, a lie the Democrats love to milk for their electoral fortunes.
The fight against the president’s “pussy grabbing” is on the top of the Democratic Party agenda. The biggest demonstrations during last year’s inauguration focused on how Trump’s piggish sexual follies made him “unfit” to rule the bloody American empire. The battle cry of those Women’s Marches, dominated by white petty-bourgeois and bourgeois women in pink pussy hats, was over the fact that a qualified imperialist hawk and Wall Street-backed woman lost to an unabashed misogynist. This year’s Women’s Marches continued to hail Hillary Clinton as their shepherdess with the slogan: “Power to the Polls.”
In good old American puritanical tradition, an anti-sex frenzy has been unleashed that serves to divert attention from the staggering brutalities carried out by the ruling class against working people: anti-immigrant roundups, the sanctioning of white-supremacists, attacks on unions, threats of unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In a cutting commentary, “The Great American Sex Panic of 2017” (counterpunch.org, 22 November), William Kaufman aptly calls this a “moral panic,” which is “ironically, immoral at its core: repressive and diversionary, an identity-politics orgy of misdirected moral energies that breeds a chilling conformity of word and deed.” He also notes a “bizarre inversion of values.” As imperialist Commander-in-Chief, the male Clinton slaughtered hundreds of thousands abroad and tossed millions of women and children off welfare at home, but he is stigmatized for a blow job. As Secretary of State, the female Clinton helped turn Libya to rubble and grooved on the torture and murder of Qaddafi (which included being sodomized with a weapon), but she is lauded as a symbol of diversity.
As Marxists, we know that anti-woman bigotry and oppression have a material basis in capitalist society, flowing from the patriarchal family, propped up by religious conservatism and state repression, and enshrined in virtually every social institution. Both ruling-class parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, represent this profit-driven system based on class exploitation and push a reactionary social agenda—even if their rhetoric differs based on their constituencies. Eradicating entrenched sexual stereotypes and discrimination requires a socialist revolution to overturn capitalism, an economic system that breeds degradation, repression and violence in everyday life.
Fear, Sexual Loathing and Racist Repression
Founded by black activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago, #MeToo went viral on Twitter post-Weinstein after it was taken up by actress Alyssa Milano. Shortly after, Time magazine declared the “silence breakers” Person of the Year. The Golden Globes were dominated by big money personalities preaching “Time’s Up,” including a much-lauded speech by billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential nominee.
Shocking as it may be to some, not all women think alike. Fissures are now erupting in the #MeToo milieu. Early on, mainstream feminists like Nation writer Katha Pollitt expressed concern about a conservative backlash, especially as most of the outed harassers were Democrats. In a January 5 New York Times op-ed piece, “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings,” Daphne Merkin, an avid Hillary supporter, worried that the career-ending condemnations and the automatic presumption of guilt could be an entrée to “torching people for the content of their fantasies.” (Too late: people are thrown behind bars for possessing kiddie porn.) Esteemed author Margaret Atwood was virtually tied to a stake for defending due process in her article, “Am I a Bad Feminist?” More recently, a debate is raging over whether a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari makes him a “sexual predator.”
An open letter signed by actress Catherine Deneuve and a group of 100 French intellectuals and professionals denouncing the wave of purges provoked a full-frontal feminist uproar. The letter objects to neo-Victorianism, which paints women as frail children: “Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” Within hours, supporters of #MeToo condemned the French signatories as “apologists for rape.” No critic is granted immunity. Actor Matt Damon faced a ferocious reaction for his patently obvious statement that rape is distinct from a pat on the butt.
If penalties are instant and draconian against anything deemed offensive, the net effect will be to police all behavior, especially the unconventional (anything kinkier than When Harry Met Sally). Defining inappropriate behavior is as subjective as defining “immoral” behavior. To the extent that codes of decency exist, they are prescribed by religion and regulated by the racist guardians of old-time virtue, the bourgeois rulers.
On the university level, decades-long campaigns against a purported date rape epidemic have increased the in loco parentis powers of the campus administration to enforce “acceptable” conduct. Virtually any encounter, from a drunken hookup to a regrettable romance, can be classified as nonconsensual, leading to punitive consequences according to the campus initiatives implemented under the Obama administration. (For more, see the review of Laura Kipnis’s book Unwanted Advances in “Title IX Witchhunts, Anti-Sex Frenzy and Bourgeois Feminism,” WV No. 1121, 3 November).
Such is the degree of #MeToo mania that feminist author Laura Kipnis, who opposes anti-sex regimentation on the campuses, is now celebrating the fact that the “floodgates have opened” (New York Review of Books, 21 December). That innocent people will be “caught in the crossfire” is treated as simply irrelevant. Kipnis echoes the view that if a couple of unfortunate schmucks get chased by the mob, they’re collateral damage in the war against patriarchy.
Mass vengeance is no doubt propelled by the fact that most of the falling stars are powerful, rich, white men…so, feminists say, good riddance. But in racist American society, those who will be “caught in the crossfire” have a greater dose of melanin and a lesser dose of prestige, i.e., black and brown people. To say that sex panics, which foment an inflated collective fear against the imaginary predator, have a tendency to legitimize punishment and rip up the presumption of innocence would be a vast understatement. This is potentially a dire threat to the rights of the entire populace.
The cops and courts have regularly used sex to go after any perceived enemies. Comedian Dave Chappelle noted in his recent stand-up “The Bird Revelation” how the FBI’s COINTELPRO spied on the sexual affairs of Martin Luther King to undermine his authority. The toll of the war on sexual “deviants” today has added to the earlier “war on crime” and ongoing “war on drugs”—code words for racist legal persecution that has increased the prison population by 500 percent to some 2.2 million people today, nearly 40 percent of them black. A 2016 University at Albany study found that one in about every 120 black men is a registered sex offender (twice the rate of white men), a branded outcast for life.
Lynchings brought on by rape accusations have a gruesome history in this country built on slave labor. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, race riot in 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida, massacre in 1923 were precipitated by lying rumors of black men assaulting white women. In 1955, young Emmett Till was murdered for an alleged wolf whistle.
In his article, “A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)” (counterpunch.org, 1 December), playwright John Steppling comments on how race lurks behind the scenes:
“There is something curious and unsettling in not seeing the dangers of a mass enjoyment of punishment. For that is what disturbs me the most. The pleasure of the mob.... Lynchings had vendors and souvenirs. This is not the same, and yet there are similarities. And the manufacturing of the survivor identity (which originated with the Pre School cases) is handed out even if all that was survived was an unwelcome advance. What will be the effect down the road on sexual choices that may be seen as non-mainstream? The public narrative so far is linked with Hollywood. That should provide a moment of cautious hesitation for everyone.”
Steppling recalls the mob hysteria of the 1987-90 McMartin preschool trial—the longest trial in history—in which child witnesses told fantastical tales of animal sacrifices, orgies, satanic ritual abuse occurring in day-care centers. The crusade was part of the reactionary “family values” campaign of the Reagan years, which, among other things, sought to drive women back into the home. As satanic abuse cases swept the country, hundreds of people were wrongfully convicted, losing their freedom, families and reputations. Thirty years ago, the refrain was Believe the Children; today, that catchphrase is being applied to all women.
Working-Class Servitude and Women’s Oppression
If the mob aids the government in deciding what’s acceptable in the bedroom, the consequences will be bad for men and women. As Marxists, we oppose any and all efforts of the state to regulate the manifold consensual expressions of human sexuality. Consensual relations between individuals are purely their own concern, and no one has any business interfering (including when it comes to those in Hollywood who lead very exposed lives). We do not support rules dictating “affirmative consent,” which decree that partners engaging in any sexual contact must get explicit verbal permission for each caress. The guiding principle in any sexual encounter should be effective consent, that is, nothing more than mutual agreement and understanding, regardless of age, gender or sexual preference.
Of course, determining what is truly consensual in this viciously class-divided, racist, sexist, not to mention religious, society is complicated. The attitudes and institutions of the capitalist society in which we live sway interpersonal relationships, and there are often ambiguities. Relationships can also be exploitative and unequal, including marriage. Rape, however, is not on the spectrum of sex. It is a degrading, brutal and horrific act of violence. To treat any bad encounter as rape means to demand legal retribution, or else some form of vigilante justice.
Sexual harassment and discrimination are rife in this anti-woman society, from quid pro quo come-ons to pay inequality. Under pressure to be pretty and pliant for their male superiors, women are subjected to humiliation and intimidation. But the Hollywood of well-heeled entertainers who seek to advance their careers is worlds apart from the situation for working-class women, who are desperate to make ends meet and far more subject to the whims of their bosses.
The capitalist class, with the acquiescence of the union misleaders, has waged a one-sided war on organized labor in order to create a cheaper workforce, with part-time, non-union workers often filling what were once full-time, unionized jobs. The all-too-frequent indifference by union bureaucrats to harassment on the job gives yet another opening to liberal anti-union forces to encourage government policing of the unions in the name of defending women. The unions must champion women’s rights, including free, 24-hour childcare, paid family leave and free abortion on demand as part of quality health care for all. To revitalize labor, the union movement needs a class-struggle leadership that would fight for organizing the unorganized, for equal pay for equal work and for union control of hiring and upgrading, which together would go a long way toward addressing the precarious economic position that makes working-class women vulnerable.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements recently started paying lip service to the women at the bottom. Before the Golden Globes, an open letter signed by over a thousand in television, theater and film expressed solidarity with agricultural and factory workers, housekeepers, waitresses and domestic workers. In a patronizing display at the awards ceremony, swanky stars in black Gucci gowns brought activist guests to prove how “woke” they are. Given Hollywood’s long-running romance with the Democratic Party, the political virtue of this sisterhood spectacle is obvious.
Bourgeois women face sexual oppression but not class oppression. For feminists, the most important division in society is that of men against women, not capitalist exploiters against exploited workers. Feminism as an ideology reflects the concerns of professional and petty-bourgeois women who aim to break the glass ceiling and integrate themselves into the upper layers of the American capitalist power structure. The current era of “Lean In” feminism, which promotes success in the realm of corporate and political leadership, speaks directly to white, university-educated and upper-class women.
And these are the same women the ruling class considers to be the “credible” victims of sexual assault. Other women—poor, black, single mothers and immigrants—more often than not find themselves vilified or subjected to greater abuse when they call on the state to protect them. They’re also at risk for defending themselves. See the case of Marissa Alexander, a black woman from Florida who fired a warning shot near her abusive and estranged husband who was threatening her. Though no one was injured, she was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. After almost six years of hell, Alexander was finally released from prison one year ago.
Bourgeois Feminism and Anti-Sex Repression
American feminism has always reflected the racist, conservative, puritanical values of this country. (The largest and most influential organization at the turn of the 20th century was the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which rallied against alcohol and lust.) Decades ago, feminists made an unholy alliance with the religious right in declaring porn to be the cause of violence against women. In the course of this, they played a role supporting the government censorship drive spurring busts of X-rated video stores and attacks on erotic art. Looking to the state to regulate personal behavior and mete out punishment runs in the blood of feminism—particularly what is dubbed carceral feminism, which demands more policing, prosecution and imprisonment to curb violence against women.
Last December, two New York City feminists petitioned the Metropolitan Museum of Art to either remove or “contextualize” a 1938 work by the Polish-French artist Balthus. The painting, Thérèse Dreaming, depicts a pensive young clothed model sitting with her underwear slightly exposed. The petition, which has gathered over 11,000 additional signatures, refers to the current climate around “sexual assault” and accuses the Met of “supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.” By that reasoning, every advertisement for young girls’ toys or clothing should be banned. Might as well throw out masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, which was inspired by the love that author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had for a prepubescent girl.
Feminist vehicles like Ms. magazine were big players in the witchhunting of day-school teachers as deranged pedophiles, and the subsequent morphing of child abuse into anything that smacks of sexuality involving a person under legal voting age. Not only does this play down the real abuse of children (which occurs mainly inside families), but it criminalizes young people having sex in general. Thus, the hounding of director Roman Polanski, who fled the country to escape criminal charges in 1978 for consensual sex with an experienced 13-year-old girl, has been revived in the wake of the Weinstein scandals. (Deneuve is hated not least for her defense of Polanski.)
There is also a renewed inquisition against Woody Allen over unfounded allegations of abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accusations spearheaded by his vengeful ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Allen has always denied Farrow’s claims, and no legal charges were ever brought against him. As Allen said in 1992, “In the end, the one thing I have been guilty of is falling in love with Mia Farrow’s adult daughter [Soon-Yi Previn] at the end of our years together.” In the minds of maniacal accusers, he must be guilty—because he went on to marry Soon-Yi, who is 35 years younger than he. She was a young adult at the start of her relationship with Allen, and they have been married now since 1997. One might note that Mia Farrow was 21 and Frank Sinatra was 50 when they married. (See “Woody Allen Crucified on ‘Family Values’,” WV No. 558, 4 September 1992.)
The laws defining “sex crimes” today are fundamentally aimed at strengthening the repressive arm of the state and propping up the prison of the family. The struggle for the emancipation of women, including in the workplace, cannot be separated from the struggle for the emancipation of women from the family. The material basis for women’s liberation can only be laid through the victory of workers revolution, which requires the forging of a Leninist vanguard party that will act as the tribune of all the oppressed, mobilizing to combat all social backwardness. As part of constructing an egalitarian socialist society, the family as an institution will be replaced by the socializing of childcare and housework, freeing women to play a full and equal role in social and political life. In a global communist future, anti-woman violence and bigotry, the reactionary constraints of family and religion will be barbaric memories of the past.
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2017.12.15 02:03 autotldr Hollywood Wants to Press Delete Button on Net Neutrality Repeal: ‘Nobody Is Asking for It’

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Chris Evans, George Takei and Alyssa Milano were among the Hollywood stars to speak out against the FCC's decision on Thursday to strike down net neutrality regulations.
Spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, the FFC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" proposal passed along party lines, undoing Obama-era regulations that barred internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down access to certain websites.
"EVERYONE should care about this! It benefits no one unless you're a faceless, mega corporation. NOBODY is asking for it," Evans said in a tweet following the ruling.
The decision was also widely criticized as a boon for large corporations at the consumer's expense, allowing internet service providers to slow down or block access to its competitors.
The Writers Guild of America, West also released a statement on Thursday condemning ruling and threatening legal action to protect a free and open internet.
"In his view the future of the internet should be decided by a few powerful gatekeepers whose monopoly control over Internet access allows them to decide what content reaches viewers. The WGAW is ready once again to join with its coalition partners and take legal action to protect the open Internet."
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