The actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies dropped in on the world’s premier wretched hive of scum and villainy… the United Nations… to deliver a lecture on feminism and to pester men to become feminists.
It was the kind of speech that the Hollywood left usually describes as “courageous,” meaning it reinforces the prejudices of the Hollywood left and will benefit positively the career of the person giving it. To the Hollywood Left, courage is Tina Fey putting on her Sarah Palin wig and delivering a speech about how gay marriage combats Global Warming.
The text of the speech contains not a word about clitorectomies, honor killings, or Islamic Law and its requirements that a woman produce four witnesses before accusing a man of rape. It was all about First World problems, which is why an actress who has made millions of dollars can complain about income inequality and hurt feelings.
Because the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work.
I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.
When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press.
When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”
When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.
But given the size of that pile of manure, there had to be a pony under it somewhere and here it is.
The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
Some are dismissing the allegations; noting that the man is now 31 years old and is only now alleging abuse that took place when he was fifteen. But wasn’t that the same case with most of the the accusations made against Roman Catholic clergy? Weren’t most of the victims adults alleging that abuse occurred decades earlier? Singer’s defenders claim the man is just looking for a payout; but the Roman Catholic church was writing a lot of checks at the height of their scandal, too.
I can’t possibly know if the allegations are true in this specific case. But what I do know is that Hollywood has shown an incredible degree of tolerance for child rapists and creepy pedophiles; Woody Allen, Roman Polansky, and Victor Salva, among others, were all forgiven for their sexual abuses of minors. There really doesn’t seem to be much shock or outrage when minors are abused by Hollywood people. Is it because media folk help cover for other media folk? Do people just not care as much when the perpetrator is a celebrity as opposed to a clergyman or a football coach? Or is it because those who control the media only care about the sexual abuse of minors when it can be used as a cudgel against those they don’t like?
Why the double standard? I’m asking honestly, because I don’t get it.
And if the debt did increase more under Geithner than any previous Treasury Secretary, that means that it increased more under his watch than it did under the watch of each of Ronald Reagan’s and each of George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretaries.
One of W’s Treasury Secretary’s, Geithner’s immediate predecessor, Henry Paulson, even served longer than Geithner has so far (by about a month). Indeed, for the better part of Paulson’s tenure, Democrats had a majority in Congress, increasing federal spending at a rate far faster than than had the previous Republican Congresse
All three of Ronald Reagan’s Treasury Secretaries served in that capacity for longer than has Geithner, with the Gipper’s third, Nicholas F. Brady, continuing his service until the end of the George H.W. Bush’s term in office.