The Feminist Betrayal of Norma Jeane
Adapted from The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture


David Mamet

How, by the Left, can this be excused? It cannot. But it may be partially explained — Flowers, Jones et al., were dismissed by the Left not merely because they accused the Left’s avatar, but because of their class. They were, to the Left, “trailer trash,” and so, de-facto, undeserving of a hearing let alone a defense. The feminists of the Left were voluble in their indictment of Justice Thomas, in Anita Hill’s, at best, “he said, she said” controversy; using racist language and innuendo against him unheard in this country in decades.

They supported Tawana Brawley’s improbable claims of rape up to, and, indeed, past the point at which they had been proved fraudulent and her testimony found perjured. But what of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne by drowning? What feminist spoke up for the dead victim? Or against the man who drove her to her death? He remained an icon of the Left for the rest of his life. Are those feminists, then, spokespersons for the Rights of Women? Demonstrably not. They are not even spokeswomen for the rights of Liberal women — Ms. Kopechne was working for a Democrat, as was Ms. Lewinsky. They are advocates only of the positions of the Left — at whatever cost to women. If feminism does not consist in the actual defense of actual women, what in the world are those people talking about?

— David Mamet is a Pulitzer prize–winning playwright, author of Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, and others. This essay is excerpted from The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, by arrangement with Sentinel, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., © David Mamet, 2011.