Defending yourself is now misogyny

I’ve muttered something or other about Cosby before. But this rather takes the biscuit:

Bill Cosby’s latest move in his one-man war against women is to once again render them shapeless, meager, unresponsive, this time through the courts. He is countersuing seven of his rape accusers for defamation, ostensibly in response to the defamation suit filed against him last year by Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.

But more than just a last-ditch effort to salvage his legacy, the countersuit strikes me as more misogyny – perhaps the same hatred that might have driven him, as the accusers allege, to rape and sexually assault more than 50 of them over the past 30 years. There is something so brutally primal, so exquisitely perverted, about someone using all they have to take everything you are without consent.

Defending yourself is now misogyny.

Blimey. Even Julie Bindel would allow a man to do that.

16 thoughts on “Defending yourself is now misogyny”

  1. Well, yes, that is the new order for you.

    Mere disagreement with any statement from a preferred victim group about their victimisation or anything they can loosely link to something that if you look at it from an odd angle might be partially relevant to a fear of victimisation is just as bad as the very worst expression of that victimisation.

    And what Cosby has done is clearly worse than that. He’s using his evilly and probably criminally obtained money to oppress these poor women who were only after recognition of their victimisation (and lots of his money, of course, but as victims they are clearly entitled to _that_!)

    Also, in pendantry, counter-suing isn’t “defence”, it’s offence. But that’s the US legal system for you.

  2. “There is something so brutally primal, so exquisitely perverted, about someone using all they have to take everything you are without consent.

    Jesus…the lack of self awareness is so strong here I’m surprised it hasn’t torn a hole in the fabric of the universe. A woman only has to point at a man with regard to rape or domestic violence and that’s it, he’s destroyed.

  3. “Bill Cosby’s latest move in his one-man war against women”

    So when he finally passes on the whole patriarchy and misogyny business will be over? Problem solved!

  4. To sue somebody is to render them “shapeless, meager, unresponsive,”, is it? Yet Cosby is able to respond with a countersuit? Or does the impact of an act depend on subjective prejudice of the situation?

    Or is this an extremely indirect allegation thar the Patriarchy can buy all the justice it wants (but can’t pay the Murdoch – dominated press to bury the story)

    I must say, I’m finding it really hard to work out whether to side with the Patriarchy or the Great Victimhood these days. Both seem to come with amazing superpowers.

  5. I clicked through to the article, and the writer’s picture is the most impressive caricature of a golliwog I’ve ever seen. She, or her hairstyle, should therefore be banned as a hate crime.

  6. “Cosby’s misogyny is extreme”

    Yes, if he loses his case and the women win theirs’. If, however, he wins and they lose, then the Guardian CEO might like to reflect on the quality of his writers AND of his legal department. For the heads of the lawyers are all over this piece and quite frankly they haven’t done a very good job.

    So try again Love. And you have truly earned the right to be called ‘Love’, Dear.

  7. It’s a striking article, even by Guardian standards.

    How dare these and all women who sought his help to get jobs, his moral guidance to navigate the world, step out of his denigrating gaze and into their own strength?

    So brave. But she’s talking about these women as if they were naive children.

    Moral guidance to navigate the world? You go boozing with a louche comedian in his dressing room for that, do you? And in the 1970’s no less.

    Should we expect Frankie Boyle to become the next Pope?

    They’re stepping into their own strength? That’s one way of describing allegedly being raped, not mentioning it for 30 years, not going to the police, and then badgering the alleged perpetrator for money.

    If not yet legally, at the very least by public consensus, Cosby too has been caught.

    And to think we used to believe that lynching black men without a trial was a bad thing. That Atticus Finch was quite the bastard.

    he is grasping at straws, like a coward, in a pathetic effort to turn the tables against women who have stood by their unwavering truths.

    Unwavering truths they didn’t think to mention for 30 years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  8. “Unwavering truths”.
    Yes, possibly. But, again, if.yur.girls lose their case you may need to look again at the quality of your lawyers.

  9. “Or is this an extremely indirect allegation thar the Patriarchy can buy all the justice it wants (but can’t pay the Murdoch – dominated press to bury the story)”

    Well there was the story yesterday of the dodgy Arab who “fell over and accidentally stuck his dick in a girl drunkenly sleeping on his sofa” and was acquitted of rape – a story even this right wing patriarchal bastard is having trouble believing…

  10. The 75th anniversary of the Phoney War.

    The Left fabricates the War on Women meme, then trolls for anything that matches the template.

    meme (urbandictionary.com)

    Used to give a bit of pseudo-academic gravitas to stupid viral shit.

  11. This seems to be running towards being another case of “evidence? what do you mean you want evidence? I’m *telling* you he DID it!!!!”

  12. So Much For Subtlety

    jgh – “This seems to be running towards being another case of “evidence? what do you mean you want evidence? I’m *telling* you he DID it!!!!””

    It is just the Stalinist origins of feminism showing. What they want is a return to the good old days. You know, when the defence lawyer would stand up and tell the Court how much he was disgusted by his client’s crimes and lack of faith in Stalin.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    Also it is worth pointing out that regardless of whether Cosby is guilty or not, this is the standard we will all be judged by if the Left gets their way. It is the standard applied to the Catholic Church who have been almost totally forbidden to defend themselves from sexual abuse claims.

    Social Justice Warriors are not merely unpleasant people. They are a clear and present danger to us all.

    And is it just me or is the quality of our louche morally debased entertainers declining? I mean, I can see Sinatra trying that old Lude in the drink trick. But I can’t help think he would do it with a little more class. It is a good thing for Sinatra that he had a more permissive society to work in.

  14. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “I do hope somebody is checking the jurors’ bank accounts.”

    Naah. No need. Everyone probably assumed if it is acceptable for Muslims to rape 1400 girls in Rotherham, what is one more or less in London? Probably government policy or something.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *