#MeToo back­lash is brew­ing, and women are lead­ing the way

The Phoenix - - OPINION - Jerry Shenk Colum­nist

Women will lead the back­lash to the #MeToo move­ment.

Com­bat­ants will in­clude lov­ing daugh­ters, sis­ters, wives and, es­pe­cially, the moth­ers of boys fac­ing the pres­sures of “Ka­vanaugh-proof­ing” the good men in their lives from un­proven and un­prov­able ca­reer- and lifede­stroy­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Melissa Dan­ford, an “Army wife and home­school­ing mother of four spir­ited boys,” wrote:

“I can­not ac­cept a world in which my sons will be raised un­der the tyranny of a law­less, vin­dic­tive so­ci­ety that wants to op­press men in the name of equal­ity for women.”

Dan­ford: “In the mil­i­tary it is com­mon knowl­edge… that a mere ac­cu­sa­tion of sex­ual ha­rass­ment or as­sault … is enough to end a man’s ca­reer… an un­for­tu­nate but ex­pected de­vel­op­ment in a mil­i­tary that is en­tirely be­holden to the forces of fem­i­nism ....

“This Brett Ka­vanaugh…af­fair has shown me that wives and moth­ers of sons ev­ery­where need to take a stand.” Dan­ford con­tin­ues: “Peo­ple think mere ac­cu­sa­tions, made with­out ev­i­dence and decades af­ter the fact, should re­sult in in­tru­sive and em­bar­rass­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions sim­ply be­cause a woman made them.

“Men are to be af­forded no due process or op­por­tu­nity to de­fend them­selves… Th­ese … stan­dards in­hibit civil so­ci­ety, for un­der them vin­dic­tive or zeal­ous peo­ple can threaten, shame, or marginal­ize un­pop­u­lar voices us­ing un­founded and fab­ri­cated ac­cu­sa­tions. This is the op­po­site of equal­ity be­fore the law.”

Trag­i­cally, gen­uine vic­tims’ claims are ef­fec­tively weak­ened by oth­ers’ fab­ri­cated ac­cu­sa­tions, per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal.

Their ex­ploita­tion of Chris­tine Blasey Ford’s decades­old, eleventh-hour al­le­ga­tions against ju­di­cial nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh is am­ple ev­i­dence that cyn­i­cal mil­i­tant-fem­i­nists and Democrats have taken Amer­ica Through the Look­ing Glass.

Ford can­not re­mem­ber fun­da­men­tal de­tails of some­thing she calls her life’s most trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence; she told no one, not her mother or best friend, 36 years ago; ev­ery­one else she iden­ti­fied as present de­nies knowl­edge of the event, in­clud­ing Ford’s life­long girl­friend; Ford’s par­ents and sib­lings are con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from a re­cent let­ter of fam­ily sup­port; “cor­rob­o­ra­tive” 2012 notes by Ford’s mar­riage coun­selor re­veal other in­con­sis­ten­cies in Ford’s story, but don’t name Ka­vanaugh.

Adam Mill, an at­tor­ney spe­cial­iz­ing in la­bor and em­ploy­ment law, com­piled a list of “10 Red Flags About Sex­ual As­sault Claims” that “warn that an in­no­cent per­son stands ac­cused.”

Ford raised Mill’s first flag by opt­ing for me­dia/po­lit­i­cal the­ater rather than le­gal pros­e­cu­tion.

Other red flags raised in­clude “tim­ing for ad­van­tage,” forc­ing, then “dele­git­imiz­ing the de­fense” be­fore com­mit­ting to a fi­nal charge, “un­usual de­mands to mod­ify or con­trol the process,” and, fi­nally, “wit­nesses don’t cor­rob­o­rate.”

Left-wing misan­drists’ ni­hilis­tic treat­ment of men is de­signed to fa­vor women and lib­eral-me­dia/fem­i­nist-pre-ap­proved beta-male ide­o­logues by purg­ing the po­lit­i­cal pool of highly-qual­i­fied men un­will­ing to run the fem­i­nist gaunt­let.

Mis­used, Amer­ica’s #MeToo mo­ment has be­come “#YouToo,” im­per­il­ing all men and so­ci­ety at large.

Melissa Dan­ford, again: “It’s time to take a stand. Mam­mas, we have to fight for our men, be­cause they are in dan­ger.

“My fa­ther is, my hus­band is, and my sons are. Your fa­ther is, your hus­band is, and your sons are.

“This mad­ness will con­sume them all.”

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