Once again, we agree on so much — actual civil discourse is too rare these days and is much needed. My assessment (which many others share) of patriarchy is that it is a dominance hierarchy in which only a very few truly benefit. “In the end, patriarchy gives only a few men access to power in society, and most men some small access to power in relation to women, robbing all men of core aspects of their humanity. This is a raw deal of monumental proportions.”

I am truly sorry to hear about the things that both you and your mother have suffered and pleased that you’ve both found better lives. I absolutely concur that women can be just as nasty and destructive as men. We all live in the dominance hierarchy and have been tainted by believing it is the only way to succeed and rise. Then there is that old aphorism, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupt absolutely.”

As to the prosecutor saying that she couldn’t have represented Dr. Ford in court — that’s a bit besides the point in my opinion. There probably was not enough evidence to convict him in a court of law, which was good for him since there is no statute of limitations for attempted rape in the State of Maryland and he could have been criminally prosecuted if there had been. If he’d been Black and poor, it is possible that he still could have been criminally convicted. We convict people every day on circumstantial evidence and send them to jail or death. That’s a part of the point of all of this — powerful White men get a pass where others don’t.

But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t sufficient reason to pick a less tainted candidate. Even Lindsey Graham and most of the other Republican senators said that they believed her testimony. They just found ways to get around that; “Something happened to her, but there is no proof it was Kavanaugh” and that kind of thing.

Yesterday I put together a guide, by category, of my writings from the past seven months. One of those is things that I wrote related to the hearing. Feel under no obligation to read them all (there are 8 articles) but if further interested in a deeper look into things like the term “innocent until proven guilty” it’s available.

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