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Ladies and gentlemen

In the late 1960s the coun­ter­cul­ture set out to destroy soci­etal mores. Free love, legal abor­tions at any point in the preg­nancy, drug use, destruc­tion of the estab­lish­ment, damn the consequences.

The 60s gen­er­a­tion rebelled against their parents’s stan­dards where men were expected to be gen­tle­men and women ladies.

I was not one of the anti-​establishment crowd. Even back then I didn’t see the use of tear­ing down soci­ety … for what? Some 10 years ago, my son, who at that time was the same age I was dur­ing the Sum­mer of Love, asked me where I was dur­ing Wood­stock, and all I could answer was, “prob­a­bly at home prepar­ing for the SATs.”

Now the head­lines have dis­cov­ered sex­ual harassment.

My Face­book feed popped up some posts by women SJW activists who blame white men. Their default stance is to blame the patri­archy, West­ern Cul­ture, and white men, regard­less of the fact that it is West­ern, Judeo-​Christian val­ues cod­i­fied and enforced by (mostly) white men that have brought about women’s equal­ity under the law.

It’s worth point­ing out that SJWs char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally do not hold the indi­vid­ual respon­si­ble. If Char­lie Rose, age 75, allegedly strips down and makes unwel­come advances, the patriarchy’s to blame and not that Char­lie is allegedly a perv.

There’s another prob­lem: Andrew Kla­van men­tions that

the New York Times, a for­mer news­pa­per, now has a tip line where you can com­plain about some­thing sex­ual some­one famous did to you back in the day.

Kla­van continues,

USA Today has a run­ning list of Hol­ly­wood sex­ual offend­ers and I was read­ing through it and came upon the charges against Dustin Hoff­man. The now 80-​year-​old Hoff­man is accused of talk­ing dirty to one woman and invit­ing another woman on a date some 30-​odd years ago. And you know what? I don’t care. Not even a lit­tle. I think Har­vey Wein­stein, assum­ing he’s guilty, should go to prison for what he did and I think what Hoff­man allegedly did shouldn’t even be men­tioned in the papers. When they’re both on the same list, the whole list becomes a moral blur.

Human life is com­pli­cated. Sex­u­al­ity is one of the most com­pli­cated parts of human life. Some peo­ple make errors, other peo­ple cor­ner you in the base­ment and bang off in front of you, and still other peo­ple tell lies. If any voice can be raised against any man and illicit the same level of out­rage, all voices will even­tu­ally blend into a silence of obscu­rity and indif­fer­ence — and that’s a kind of silence that’s very dif­fi­cult to break.

There’s yet another prob­lem, about which a Face­book friend posted: “The sys­tem of the social left, both appa­ra­tus and reflex, is struc­tured to be dis­trib­uted and unpre­dictable.” The aim is not tol­er­a­tion, respect for women, or encour­ag­ing strong moral men to pro­tect women. The prox­i­mate step may be to gen­er­ate fear and con­fu­sion, but the ulti­mate goal is con­trol.

As it always has been.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

In the late 1960s the counterculture set out to destroy societal mores. Free love, legal abortions at any point in the pregnancy, drug use, destruction of the establishment, damn the consequences.

The 60s generation rebelled against their parents’s standards where men were expected to be gentlemen and women ladies.

I was not one of the anti-establishment crowd. Even back then I didn’t see the use of tearing down society . . . for what? Some 10 years ago, my son, who at that time was the same age I was during the Summer of Love, asked me where I was during Woodstock, and all I could answer was, “probably at home preparing for the SATs.”

Now the headlines have discovered sexual harassment.

My Facebook feed popped up some posts by women SJW activists who blame white men. Their default stance is to blame the patriarchy, Western Culture, and white men, regardless of the fact that it is Western, Judeo-Christian values codified and enforced by (mostly) white men that have brought about women’s equality under the law.

It’s worth pointing out that SJWs characteristically do not hold the individual responsible. If Charlie Rose, age 75, allegedly strips down and makes unwelcome advances, the patriarchy’s to blame and not that Charlie is allegedly a perv.

There’s another problem: Andrew Klavan mentions that

the New York Times, a former newspaper, now has a tip line where you can complain about something sexual someone famous did to you back in the day.

Klavan continues,

USA Today has a running list of Hollywood sexual offenders and I was reading through it and came upon the charges against Dustin Hoffman. The now 80-year-old Hoffman is accused of talking dirty to one woman and inviting another woman on a date some 30-odd years ago. And you know what? I don’t care. Not even a little. I think Harvey Weinstein, assuming he’s guilty, should go to prison for what he did and I think what Hoffman allegedly did shouldn’t even be mentioned in the papers. When they’re both on the same list, the whole list becomes a moral blur.

Human life is complicated. Sexuality is one of the most complicated parts of human life. Some people make errors, other people corner you in the basement and bang off in front of you, and still other people tell lies. If any voice can be raised against any man and illicit the same level of outrage, all voices will eventually blend into a silence of obscurity and indifference — and that’s a kind of silence that’s very difficult to break.

There’s yet another problem, about which a Facebook friend posted: “The system of the social left, both apparatus and reflex, is structured to be distributed and unpredictable.” The aim is not toleration, respect for women, or encouraging strong moral men to protect women.  The proximate step may be to generate fear and confusion, but the ultimate goal is control.

As it always has been.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog