Women need to support women, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize.
In 2019, E. Jean Carroll published an op-ed in New York Magazine accusing Donald Trump of raping her in a dressing room in New York.
This week, Carroll said that ELLE Magazine—where she worked as an advice columnist for over 30 years—fired her because of the insults she had received from Donald Trump.
"Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me," she Tweeted. "I don't blame Elle. It was the great honor of my life writing 'Ask E. Jean.'"
Carroll is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Trump. In the 2019 op-ed, she said that Trump assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. The essay was an excerpt from her book, What Do We Need Men For?
Trump denied the allegations, stating, "She's not my type."
Carroll sued the president for defamation after he accused her of lying last year. Since then, the trial has stalled as Trump's lawyers have insisted that before it can proceed, New York's Court of Appeals must decide if a sitting president can be sued. Carroll's lawyer is attempting to counter the delay, which could extend the case past the presidential election in November.
If Trump's lawyers fail to win their client further exemptions due to his position as president, Trump may be forced to submit a DNA sample. Samples from the black dress which Carroll was wearing during the alleged assault have been linked to an unidentified male.
"Our client filed this lawsuit to prove that Donald Trump lied about sexually assaulting her and to restore her credibility and reputation. From the very beginning, Trump has tried every tactic lawyers can think of to halt this case in its tracks and keep the truth from coming out," said Carroll's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. "His latest effort—a motion to stay our client's case until the New York Court of Appeals decides the Summer Zervos case likely after November 2020—is yet another obvious delay tactic that is not grounded in the law and, like his previous attempts to stall this case, will be rejected by the court."
Regardless of the truth about any of this, what's happening is clear. E. Jean Carroll accused a man of rape, and she lost her job, at a women's magazine, no less, while he not only kept his position—he also maintained credibility with over half of the country, and he may well be re-elected. This indicates a much deeper problem with the way that the nation views rape, assault, and women's voices, even in this supposedly post-#MeToo time period.
While much has been written about the damaging effects that sexual abuse allegations can have on men, it turns out that an abuse allegation often fails to significantly damage men's careers, while it can destroy women's lives. What can be done about this? Women need to support other women, yes—but we have to keep our eyes on the prize: electing a non-blatant misogynist in November.
ELLE Magazine has not yet commented on the events.
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Why does this famous man continue to get away with crime after crime?
Meet the single worst, most prolific (alleged) celebrity sex offender, a man who continues to abuse his power and profit from his position, without anybody lifting a finger to stop him; meet reality TV star Patrick Resnick.
Best known for his role on the US version of Top Gear and a brief stint in public office, Resnick has been hit with at least 22 sexual misconduct allegations running the gamut from sexual harassment to sexual assault and rape. Amazingly, while so many around him have experienced the justice of #MeToo, Resnick has deftly evaded any comeuppance in spite of the fact that he faces more allegations than almost any other celebrity short of Harvey Weinstein.
Resnick, or "Big Pat" as he called himself on Top Gear, gained a following for his loud, brash personality and passion for social justice causes, ultimately coming out with a vocal endorsement of Barack Obama. Publicly, Resnick has often been accused of being a "Social Justice Warrior" or "SJW" by detractors. Very active on Twitter, Resnick has gotten into heated feuds with many prominent personalities, particularly right wing personalities.
But off-screen, Resnick has been dodging sexual assault allegations for years. Some of the accusations were levied against Resnick by contestants on various other reality shows he had been a part of––one claimed Resnick had open-mouth kissed her, groped her, and thrust his genitals on her during what was supposed to be a job interview.
Many of the accounts similarly allege aggressive, unwanted groping and kissing, with Resnick accused of using his positions of authority both as a reality television star and a private business owner to lure in and intimidate women. Multiple women, for instance, claim to have been molested by Resnick at a club he owned. One describes being assaulted during a tour of the club, saying, "I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat ... I was stunned."
Resnick has also been accused of misconduct towards underaged girls: Contestants on a teen beauty pageant he was hosting said he would randomly enter their dressing rooms to see them undressed. Many of the details of these accounts have been corroborated by major publications.
On his end, Resnick has publicly denied every single allegation to date. However, he did seem to brag about harassing the underaged girls at his pageant during a radio appearance, stating: "I'll go backstage before a show, and everyone's getting dressed and ready and everything else...You know, they're standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that."
Recently, a prominent, well-respected writer with a long career in the public eye came out with rape allegations against Resnick. Her story recounts a chance run-in with Resnick at a department store, during which he asked her for assistance with selecting a gift. As soon as he had her alone in the dressing room area, the writer alleges that Resnick pushed her against a wall, causing her to bump her head, and "he ... pulls down my tights ... forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway—or completely, I'm not certain—inside me." Her story has been corroborated by multiple independent sources.
Resnick first responded to the claims by saying that he had never met the writer before. However, a photograph of the two together at a cocktail party years prior proved otherwise. Afterwards, Resnick stated that the allegations are false because she's "not my type."
Incredibly, none of the many, many, many allegations against Resnick have stuck so far. With #MeToo in full swing, many powerful people have been held to task for their sexual misdeeds, but not Resnick. How has a reality television star who's been credibly accused of outright rape been allowed to move about unhindered for so long?
By now, you've probably realized that there is no liberal, SJW, reality TV star named Patrick Resnick. But aside from his name and his political affiliation, every single piece of information here is true––except it's all about Donald Trump. And yes, he really was on Top Gear. Don't worry about the man in the picture, either––he doesn't actually exist.
This entire piece is intended as a thought experiment targeted towards people who either know about all of the sexual assault allegations against Trump and hand-wave them or anyone who simply doesn't care. The core question: If you found the outlined allegations disgusting when you thought they were attached to a fictional liberal celebrity, why do those same crimes suddenly stop mattering to you as soon as they're attached to Trump?
The White House today issued a statement from President Trump denying that he ever met E. Jean Carroll in his life.… https://t.co/XPo7xUyiLU— David Frum (@David Frum)1561153332.0
Assuming you started reading thinking this really was about some liberal reality TV star named Patrick Resnick, you probably reacted with disgust: "Why is nobody doing anything about this guy?" "Why is nobody holding him accountable?" Perhaps knowing he was a liberal made you even angrier. You might have felt a twinge of outrage towards rampant media bias, or thought, "Of course a liberal would do that!"
But no matter what lens you entered the story with, hopefully you read the allegations and thought they were horrendous. Hopefully, at the very least, you thought that the claims against Patrick Resnick should be thoroughly investigated. Because let's be honest, if we really were talking about these same exact allegations against liberal reality TV star Patrick Resnick, everyone across the board would be calling for his head.
Why, then, should a hypothetical reality TV star be held to a higher standard than the President of the United States? E. Jean Carroll's recent accusation against Trump is credible. She claimed she told two people about the incident shortly after the assault, along with citing the specific advice that those people gave her in response. Both parties independently confirmed the full account. Since coming out, she's received death threats in response. Shouldn't we all be calling for an investigation? Isn't the need for further inquiry something we can agree on across the board?
If it were someone else, anyone you disagreed with politically, wouldn't you want them to be held accountable? Why is Trump any different? Why is Trump immune to the reckoning of #MeToo? Why are we doing nothing? If you felt any degree of disgust about the actions of fictional liberal reality TV star Patrick Resnick, your subconscious already knows the answer.
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