Way to fly that feminist flag, Naomi. As Jessica Valenti points out, it sounds like Wolf just doesn’t read the internet or do much of anything in the way of research before she suggests that Julian Assange is accused of sexual assault because he was texting and a bimbo got mad. It’s embarrassing.
Now, I don’t doubt that Interpol’s response to the sexual assault allegations against Assange were politically motivated (does anyone really doubt that?). No reasonable person is under the impression that Interpol regularly scours the continent for every man who is accused of assault — Interpol can hardly be bothered to track down big-time human traffickers who sell women and girls to men who pay to rape them, so it’s not like they got their act together because Assange’s alleged predatory behavior was so horrible that they had to act swiftly and thoroughly.
But just because the vigor with which Assange was pursued was clearly politically motivated doesn’t mean that the accusations against Assange are totally incredible, or that it’s unjust that he will have to face them. It doesn’t make Interpol the “dating police.” It doesn’t mean that the women are motivated by “personal injured feelings.” In fact, it is totally possible to support the WikiLeaks project and to think that the international response to Assange and the project is thoroughly fucked up and to think we should withhold judgment on whether or not Assange is actually a rapist and also to think that we should withhold judgment on whether the women are lying, and to not discredit the women involved, and to not create a hostile climate for rape survivors, and to not play into every tired old stereotype about women and rape.
Seriously, we can chew gum and walk at the same time.
- Some thoughts on “sex by surprise” by Jill December 6, 2010
- Oh right, Bradley Manning. by Jill December 15, 2010
- So Naomi Wolf is just trolling at this point, right? by Jill January 7, 2011
- If you wear tight jeans, you can’t be raped by Jill May 3, 2010
- Abu Ghraib Abuse Allegations Include Rape by Cara May 29, 2009