I recently pointed out a New York Times article that totally whitewashed the Polanski case as a simple case of underage sex. E.J. Graff agrees, and had this to say in the Boston Globe today:
A New York Times story this week compared Polanski’s rape with the consensual (if discomfiting) cross-generational affair in Woody Allen’s movie “Manhattan.’’ The article suggested that Polanski’s arrest brings “some sharp reminders that, when it comes to adult sex with the under age, things have changed’’ – and that today’s outrage arises from less “permissive’’ mores.
She goes on to describe the horror of what Polanski was actually charged with. Then:
Society does take rape more seriously now than it once did, but it is not because of – as the The Times article suggested – “a family-values revival.’’ It is because of feminism.
As pleased as I have been with the hand-holding between self-professsed liberals and conservatives who agree Polanski must face some kind of justice, I have to admit I’ve been wondering cynically: if Polanski’s victim had been twenty-eight instead of thirteen, would conservatives be so concerned? Conservatives don’t have a bad record on hating child molesters (well, at least those who prey on other people’s kids) or on caring what happens to kids generally. They do have a pretty poor record when it comes to women’s rights.
I’m trying to think of a single time an adult woman has accused a male celebrity of rape, and the right-wing conservatives came out in support of her right to pursue justice. Anybody?