Feminist Narcissism: The effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh looks like a revenge attack on a civilization deemed too male

Feminist Narcissism: The effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh looks like a revenge attack on a civilization deemed too male. By Heather MacDonald.

It is feminist narcissism to put an uncharacteristic instance of adolescent, never-repeated sexual aggression ahead of a lifetime of achievement in the law. …

If it turned out that James Madison had groped his domestics, it would be absurd to discard the constitutional separation of powers on that ground. Madison’s political insights are more important to civilization than any hypothetical chauvinist indiscretions. …

The demand to derail the Kavanaugh nomination is particularly absurd when the alleged incident (lacking any corroborating specificity of time and place) is balanced against Kavanaugh’s subsequent relations with women. If the alleged assault had even one precedent or repeat occurrence, we would have heard about it by now. …

The sexual revolutionaries are keeping awfully quiet about this one:

The most salient fact about this alleged episode will never register on elite consciousness: the sexual free-for-all environment, which may or may not have given rise to an assault by Kavanaugh. The sexual revolution declared that the traditional restraints on the male libido—norms of male chivalry and gentlemanliness and of female modesty and prudence—were patriarchal and oppressive. Men should stop protecting women and putting them on a pedestal. Males and females were assumed to desire easy sex with equal fervor, and to be able to walk away from a one-night stand with equal complacency. With regard to students, adults should remain nonjudgmental and as far out of the picture as possible. Chaperones were relegated to the relic pile, as fusty as a mothballed corset. Starting in the 1970s, affluent parents often absented themselves from their teenager’s parties, leaving the house liquor cabinet unattended. Popular culture became hyper-sexualized.

The results were not pretty: the male libido, free to act as boorishly as it wanted; females getting drunk to reduce their innate sexual inhibitions, unprotected by any default assumptions against casual premarital sex. Whether a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh took advantage of this putative sexual liberation, many other teenagers have, and in so doing, merely followed the new script for sexual relations.