A Survivor Speaks: Enough Really Is Enough

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Excellent Piece

I appreciate survivors coming forth. Some say, well, men like Mr. Trump and Mr. Clinton have women throwing themselves at them. No doubt this is true but it is unlikely such would be occurring were it not for the economic violence against women. However we can be grateful for the national conversation, bittersweet as it is. The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill imbroglio was similar. I have not seen such talk about our culture since that until now on such a widespread basis. The incident of exactly 25 years ago proves that lessons require repeating, or perhaps conversely proves the maxim that history occurs the first tile as tragedy and the second time as farce. I'm reading Kwame Anthony Appiah's "The Honor Code" which addresses what he calls "moral revolutions" and the dynamics thereof which played out in such developments as the end of dueling, the end of foot-binding of upper class women in pre-revolutionary China, English working class support for abolition of slavery, etc. Appiah does not doubt a current moral revolution is also presently underway in our reevaluation of the status of women. That we are having these conversations is in itself remarkable and edifying. There is a continuum from Mr. Trump's personal history to the woman hatred voiced by our religious right. These are interesting times.

George Nixon Shuler more than 5 years ago