3 thoughts on “Not monsters

  1. That’s an amazing piece. Every word rings true. The insight that calling people monsters perpetuates — not prevents — the problem is really important.

    I’ve thought for a long time that monsterification with respect to genocide a) doesn’t seem to stop repeats at all, and b) is mainly self-congratulatory. But I didn’t make the generalization to abuse. I learned something there.

  2. Sorry, it is rubbish, because it simply asserts rather than demonstrates that the charges are true.

    What we have here is another example of the public lynching of Woody Allen, which ultimately comes down not to evidence (of which there is nothing like “beyond a reasonable doubt”) but to the idea that if someone claims they were molested they must be telling the truth, crossed in most cases with a belief that Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi somehow proves he is a pervert, and therefor a molester. (Given that Woody and Soon-Yi have been involved for over two decades now I think we can consider their relationship a case of two people being in love and making a successful go of it. Which normally doesn’t lead people to hold a relationship up to insult and ridicule.)

    Do I KNOW that Woody’s daughter is either lying or remembering something planted by her vengeful mother? No. But I know there are plenty of reasons to suggest either of those is at least as likely as that her charge is true. And that the use of the press as a substitute for having the evidence to bring an actual court case ought to make a lot more liberals unhappy than seems to be happening.

  3. Didn’t strike me as rubbish. Aside from the truth in Allen’s case, whatever that may be, pedophilia does happen somewhere, sometime, and that’s what the link posted is addressing.

    I really appreciated it and got a lot out of it. Thanks Suzie.

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