More Progressive Sex Pests

I’ve written several posts (1, 2, 3, 4) on the subject of how sex pests hide among the ranks of progressive movements, and how supposed feminists either unwittingly or deliberately provide cover for their misbehaviour.

So you can imagine I wasn’t tremendously surprised by this story last week:

During [Clay] Johnson’s first job in politics, on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, Schacht and a fellow campaign worker separately accused Johnson of sexual assault. Word of both women’s complaints reached several of Dean’s top deputies. But Johnson kept his job, and his work on the campaign became his ticket to a high-profile career.

He went on to co-found a pathbreaking political consulting firm. Powerful groups and people sought his thoughts on the future of tech in politics; his Twitter banner shows him cracking a joke to a roomful of government officials including President Barack Obama. Despite Schacht’s warning about his behavior, the Sunlight Foundation chose him to head its flagship technology division. He left amid a staff insurrection over his lewd and menacing behavior. And still, he rose higher.

His reputation seemed to be an open secret.

Like Harvey Weinstein, everyone knew he was a sex pest but because he was a good progressive type, the feminists didn’t mind. Then yesterday I read this story:

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned following allegations of assault by four women.

The New Yorker magazine published a report quoting the women, two of them ex-girlfriends, who accused Mr Schneiderman, 63, of hitting them.

Mr Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump.

Now there’s a surprise, eh? But let’s don pussyhats and protest Mike Pence’s misogyny because he doesn’t eat dinner alone with any woman other than his wife.

This is what happens when politics are used as the sole judge of one’s character, and people turn a blind eye to bad behavior provided the perpetrator has the correct politics. If lefty women want to reduce the rate at which they’re being sexually assaulted, they could perhaps try avoiding lefty men claiming to be feminists. It’s starting to become a clear warning sign.

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13 thoughts on “More Progressive Sex Pests

  1. Have to say that Pence’s strategy (or simply manners) seem wiser by the day.

    Still rather bugged by the possibility it would put women at a disadvantage in politics if men can do business with men over meals, but those powerful men won’t deal with women in the same informal circumstances. Perhaps Pence’s wife has the utmost discretion and business can proceed as usual in her presence but can imagine it being a bit off-putting.

  2. Are there any Right wing types who are getting these sort of allegations? Ie of the sex pest/borderline sexual assault type, rather than being serial shaggers of a 100% consensual type, a la Alan Clark? I can’t think of any examples of the top of my head, plenty of exposed philanderers yes, complaints about the consensual nature of the actual sex acts, no. Even Trumps many conquests have been entirely voluntary and no one seems to be complaining about his behaviour at the time of the relationships, just the behaving like an cad afterwards.

  3. Have to say that Pence’s strategy (or simply manners) seem wiser by the day.

    Doesn’t it just? It’s probably the wisest thing I’ve seen come out of that administration.

  4. Are there any Right wing types who are getting these sort of allegations?

    There are some, yes. Bill O’Reilly and Roy Moore spring to mind. The difference is these guys are probably run-of-the-mill sex pests, not sex-pests who enjoy having feminists cover for them and hound their victims into silence.

    Even Trumps many conquests have been entirely voluntary and no one seems to be complaining about his behaviour at the time of the relationships, just the behaving like an cad afterwards.

    Indeed, Trump’s behaviour does not constitute sexual assault no matter how much his opponents like to say it does.

  5. Tanya Selvaratnam: Says Mr Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and phone-tapped and said he would kill her if she broke up with him, all of which he denies. The Sri Lanka-born author and actor says Mr Schneiderman called her “brown slave”, adding: “Sometimes, he’d tell me to call him Master, and he’d slap me until I did.”

    Sounds a pleasant chap.

    I find it pretty mindbending that people keep going back to a partner who crosses so many red lines like this – and reportedly right from the outset of the relationship too – but there must be some sort of psychological hold that’s hard for outsiders to understand. These are educated, professional, high-achieving women but it didn’t seem to stop them making the same mistake – sound decision-making in their academic or professional lives doesn’t seem to have carried over to their personal ones.

  6. I keep wishing the dems actually got the numbers to impeach Trump. Not particularly because I think he should be impeached, but because the point where the Dems realize that they’ve just put Pence in the White house would have to be one of the funniest moments in history…

  7. there must be some sort of psychological hold that’s hard for outsiders to understand.

    Indeed. The most obvious solution to the dilemma the narrator in my book faced was just to walk away, but it’s not easy when you’re neck deep in a situation. I found this interesting enough to write about it, just to try to describe the thought processes.

  8. MyBurningEars – I was wondering about same thing. If male hits you violently first time you have sex, why return for more abuse when it’s not their kink? These are all progressives in article and I believe most left wing ideologues are maladjusted and have messy lives.

    Tim – your narrator was in relationship with woman, not easy to walk because of emotions/love but women in article say violence started first time had sex, they didn’t like it, but stayed in relationship. Two or three dates and then sex, it should not be hard to walk away from abuse.

  9. Mike Pence is simply following Billy Graham rule. When Billy Graham first started his preaching, there would be women who literally throw themself at him. ‘Newspapers’ who want to take down a charismatic preacher would plant naked women and photographers in his hotel rooms to get a gotcha picture at him. That’s why he would NEVER go into his own room without his men first clear out the room first.

  10. If lefty women want to reduce the rate at which they’re being sexually assaulted, they could perhaps try avoiding lefty men claiming to be feminists. It’s starting to become a clear warning sign.

    I’m more and more coming to the conclusion that “rape culture” is a real phenomenon, but it’s one found almost entirely in left-dominated spaces. That seems like the best explanation for why so many of these prominent leftists seem to be sex pests, and why leftist women (but not conservative women) seem convinced that society is full of rapists and misogynists.

  11. @BigFire
    Indeed. Some in the media would have us believe that fake news is a new and novel problem…

  12. The rather amusing thing about this is you’re all boggling about how these women could constantly go back to a man who was sexually violent against their consent.

    You’re missing the most obvious explanation for their behaviour: they’re lying. There was a very similar and widely publicized trial here in Canada of one Jian Ghomeshi with multiple complainants that hinged on the same issue of consent. Well, widely publicized until Ghomeshi’s lawyer was able to retrieve emails showing that the primary complainant claimed to enjoy the activities greatly, pursued Ghomeshi aggressively for a year after the affair ended, had the overall demeanour of a jealous, jilted lover, and had colluded with the other complainants.

    He was acquitted at the eleventh hour, but he lost his job and his reputation. By all accounts he liked rough kinky sex, but there was every indication the complainants were willing participants (not least of which because he was a wealthy and powerful media figure capable of making and breaking careers).

    Oh, also pretty much all the allegations against Roy Moore have been demonstrated to be a smear job based on unsubstantiated (and in some cases, falsified) allegations.

    The end result of all this is that men are simply going to swear off women entirely absent Victorian-era rules of chaperoning. The radical feminists may applaud, but the average self-absorbed woman is going to hate the new rules.

  13. You’re missing the most obvious explanation for their behaviour: they’re lying.

    I don’t question the stories in my posts because I can make the same point without bogging myself down in their veracity, but I suspect most are grossly exaggerated if not outright fabrications.

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