Feb 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 22 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
There were two seemingly unrelated news stories last week that The Scrapbook has been pondering. The first is about another high-profile campus rape story that seems to be falling apart. A student named Emma Sulkowicz turned her alleged rape in August 2012 into an art project, carrying a mattress around the Columbia University campus to symbolize her victimhood after the university had failed to expel her alleged rapist. As a result of her symbolic protest, Sulkowicz has received a great deal of media attention as well as an award from the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women. Last month, Sulkowicz was invited by New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand to attend the State of the Union address, in order to raise awareness of sexual violence on campus.
But thanks to some stellar reporting by Weekly Standard contributor Cathy Young (in a piece last week for the Daily Beast), we now know that the facts undergirding Sulkowicz’s claims of victimhood are weak and that Columbia’s “failure” to expel the man Sulkowicz accused looks more than justified. Young reported that the accused man willingly provided reams of communications between the two that appear to document the two contentedly involved in a consensual sexual relationship before and after the supposed rape occurred. While Young didn’t definitively exculpate the accused man—that might be impossible—her reporting made it clear that Sulkowicz’s accusations were problematic and never should have been given such uncritical acceptance.
The former opinion editor for the Columbia Spectator wrote a column subsequently concluding that “we, the members of the campus media, failed specifically with Sulkowicz’s story by not being thorough and impartial.” Naturally, Young was attacked by the feral online feminist community for her fealty to the facts and accused of “victim blaming.” There was the obligatory Twitter hashtag campaign—#TheresNoPerfectVictim—and angry rants abounded. An article in Salon accused Young of impeding “the battle to remake the institutions and cultural norms that foster rape and protect rapists.”
The second story is the news that Harper Lee is going to publish a second novel. Now there is more than a little controversy surrounding the sudden discovery of her early unpublished novel, but along with it came the usual gushing about how Lee’s famous coming-of-age novel influenced many an American childhood and reshaped our perceptions of race for the better. However, it occurs to us, after reflecting on what happened to Cathy Young, that a reassessment of To Kill a Mockingbird is probably long overdue.
By the standards of America’s angry, young, third-wave feminists, Harper Lee must be America’s most beloved rape apologist. What Atticus Finch did in the courtroom to question Mayella Ewell’s account of being assaulted by Tom Robinson is a textbook example of what feminists call the “second rape” that occurs when rape victims seek justice. Indeed, one could hardly blame Mayella if she wanted to draw attention to this by dragging a chiffarobe around Maycomb.
And we hesitate to mention disturbing scenes of Dill kissing Scout, a sobering reminder that microaggressions against women begin at an early age. It’s probably only a matter of time before this misogynist “literature” is seen for what it is and the push to expunge it from the required reading lists begins in earnest. One hopes the feminist community steady themselves on their fainting couches in preparation for the horrors the next Harper Lee novel likely contains.
8:01 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly reveals in her memoir that one U.S. senator told her, "Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!"
It is now being reported that that line came from Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Democrat and personal hero to President Barack Obama.
8:43 AM, Nov 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big topic of discussion on the Sunday shows was, of course, Obamacare. And the big challenge for supporters of the president, and his signature program, was to parse the language of “If you like your plan …” so as to make it mean something other than what millions reasonably assumed it meant.
11:04 AM, Jul 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Thursday, Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Democratic senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined with several female veterans of the armed forces to speak out against a proposal that would create a new justice system for serious military prosecutions, independent of military commanders.
7:45 AM, Jul 16, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Obama administration has worked diligently to shrink, underfund, and demoralize the military. Now, Politico reports, two Republican senators, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, are joining an effort led by New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand that goes beyond where even the Obama administration is willing to go in weakening the military.
1:36 PM, Mar 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to allow knives to be brought on airplanes.
12:30 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel published this full page ad in today's New York Times:
5:37 PM, Aug 20, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On MSNBC this morning, Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York promoted her website, OffTheSidelines.org, as a "campaign" to try to get "more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to again, hold their elected leaders accountable, vote, and hopefully run for office." Despite that claim, the website appears to be directly connected to Gillibrand's reelection campaign. Watch the video below:
10:44 PM, Jun 26, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wendy Long, a Manhattan lawyer, activist, and former Supreme Court clerk, is projected to win the Republican nomination for Senate in New York.
Schumer stays silent.6:05 PM, Jun 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has come out against fellow Democrat Charles Barron, a House candidate for the state's Eighth Congressional District. "Any candidate who is anti-Israel does not share Senator Gillibrand's values," says spokesman Glen Caplin in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
4:05 PM, Mar 23, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wendy Long is taking up New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand's challenge. “Senator Gillibrand has said she wants to see more women in politics,” Long said in her speech to the state GOP convention last week, responding to the Democratic incumbent. “I say let’s give her what she’s asking for.”
3:01 PM, Mar 13, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bob Turner, the newly-elected Republican congressman from New York City who replaced Democrat Anthony Weiner, will be running for the GOP nomination to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat and New York's junior senator. The Associated Press reports:
2:59 PM, Dec 1, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Peter Schweizer's book, Throw Them All Out, has been a topic of much discussion in Washington, in no small part because of shocking details about how congressmen trade stock based on their private knowledge of how legislation will affect markets. Amazingly, this is completely legal.
Once-safe Democrats are becoming vulnerable, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand among them.Oct 18, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 05 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
New York has two Democratic senators, both of them up for election this year. In the first race, Chuck Schumer has a commanding lead. In the other, Kirsten Gillibrand may be in trouble.