Now, now, don’t start with that silly “rape culture” stuff. I’m sure we are both intelligent and informed enough to know that something which is widely discouraged, illegal, and prosecuted wherever possible, is not something that is part of general culture.
I find it interesting that you frame Donald Trump’s remarks that were recorded on tape as being criminal. If they are the ones I am thinking of, doesn’t he say “they let you do it”? I realise that under ‘affirmative consent’ policies, such as are implemented on many university campuses in the USA, a verbal discussion is required before any sexual act. In the adult world however, non-verbal communication (which is often estimated to be around 80% of even a verbal discussion) is usually sufficient. I was not aware that such policies have been implemented into law anywhere. Have they?
I am not defending Trump’s behaviour. I consider it crass – and boasting about it to be immature at best. I have often wondered why certain women are drawn to such behaviour – understanding women’s sexual attraction is something I still haven’t fully grasped.
I still don’t grasp why women are coming forward, now of all times, when the spotlight is full upon them. Are there a lot more taped conversations than I am aware of, has he said he has assaulted these women who are coming forward? Or do they just hope that a prosecution is more likely to succeed on the principle that “if you throw enough mud, some of it will stick”? If that is their hope then a good lawyer (and Hillary Clinton, who has admitted helping a rapist avoid sentencing, should have been able to advise them) would tell them that is not how the criminal justice system works.
And still I wonder why now? Why not wait three weeks, after the presidential election by which time one of two scenarios would be in place:
- Trump would be President and a criminal conviction for rape, or even sexual assault, could lead to his being impeached; utterly disgraced and going down in history remembered for just one thing;
- Clinton would be President and the spotlight and media attention would not be focused anywhere nearly so much on the women, their lives, their sexual history, and all the rest of that unpleasantness.
Which ever way I look at it, making a criminal accusation – especially of this nature, which society finds so abhorrent – on a presidential candidate seems to be for either political or exhibitionist intent. Both of those motives, just by themselves, make me more suspicious than usual of the accusation.