[Marxism] Thoughts for Polanski apologists, by another woman raped at 13.
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 2 13:40:57 MDT 2009
> Thanks for posting this Pat. Because you have finally identified the reason
> that any such debate has been occurring on this list. Namely insensitivity
> to rape (and latent sexist ideologies that feed that insensitivity).
This is unmitigated bullshit. We discussed the OJ trial on the Marxism
list that preceded this one. The entire liberal blogosphere, as well as
the Nation Magazine, Huffington Post, Salon.com et al, are discussing
this. So is the bourgeois press.
People have differences over this matter. When you accuse one side of
being misogynist, it cuts off discussion. Period. This is the sort of
crap that the CP was infected by in the late 1940s when the witch-hunt
was gathering steam. People got thrown out for having male chauvinist or
racist attitudes, usually at the same time that they were uncomfortable
with the party's drift. We need to keep these kinds of charges to an
absolute minimum if we are generally interested in a free exchange of ideas.
The god-damned prosecutor in the case has just now told the media that
he was *lying* in the documentary about Polanski when he told them that
he was in cahoots with the judge. This is absolutely mind-boggling and
makes the legal system in the USA even more arbitrary than usual. There
are important legal and political questions in this case that transcend
Polanski, just as there were in the OJ Simpson case.
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