SEX WITH powerful men can be a roller coaster of thrills, and sudden plunges into the darkness of your own fear.
A man who wields power has an image of himself, amid applause, headlines, and the secrets he holds close, that never waivers unless exposed.
Guzzling stimulants, whether the media, the group he represents, or the accolades he accumulates.
What will it take to satiate a man of power where sex is concerned? It depends on the man.
In 2007-2008, I received hundreds of hate emails, and defamatory threats from progressive men that right-wing Trumpists would no doubt applaud for their ferocity.
Progressives and Democratic men have sullied themselves before. Their enablers include the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president, Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton didn’t fire a serial harasser inside her 2016 campaign until the man’s actions made the news much later. Where was Clinton when Harvey Weinstein was exposed? Kirsten Gillibrand was part of the applause pack… Until she wasn’t, becoming a fierce fighter for women, and the first to demand Al Franken’s resignation, and Schneiderman’s, too. Feminists, including myself, ignored the stories about Bill Clinton because of what he could do for hundreds of thousands of women.
This was before #TimesUp and #MeToo bitch-slapped us into a force that demands things change.
The Democratic challenge in the Trump era is that Trump Republicans don’t feel compelled to right their wrongs with women. The GOP today remains a “boys will be boys” party, which allows them to bring a coalition to the polls who don’t think sexual assault, sexual harassment, and violence against women are a political problem they need to fix.
The is America’s challenge.
We can’t experience equality until everyone has the same definition of the word.
President Donald Trump has admitted grabbing women by their genitalia. He’s a serial philanderer but his voters don’t care.
The people on the side of good are going to need a humongous coalition.
A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward. (The New Yorker has independently vetted the accounts that they gave of her allegations.) A fourth woman, an attorney who has held prominent positions in the New York legal community, says that Schneiderman made an advance toward her; when she rebuffed him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day. She recalls screaming in surprise and pain, and beginning to cry, and says that she felt frightened. She has asked to remain unidentified, but shared a photograph of the injury with The New Yorker. – Jane Mayer, Ronan Farrow [The New Yorker]