This week, after a glorious thrill ride for Americans who enjoy our national pastime — baseball — we must endure another political attack, this time on Herman Cain. I’ll resist talking about the obvious: an ad hominem charge against a black conservative who, to a lefty, represents the lowest of the low. Instead, I’ll focus on the real issue: In response to the two women who claim they were sexually harassed by Herman Cain, Erin Matson, a vice president for the National Organization for Women, had this to say: “It is deeply insulting that this is being called political. . . . Sexual harassment allegations are always about a woman who is simply trying to go to work.”
In fact, that is rarely what sexual harassment allegations are about.
Thanks to feminists’ well of grievances (hence Matson’s use of the word “insulting”), sexual-harassment allegations are about women’s feelings — and nowhere is this more evident than in the accusations against Cain. According to Politico’s sources, the incidents in question include descriptions of gestures that were not overtly sexual but made the women who experienced them “uncomfortable.”
That women now have the power to ruin men’s lives using a boatload of resentment but no evidence to speak of tells you all you need to know about feminism and its effect on our society. Once a free country, in which a person was innocent until proven guilty, America has devolved into a country hell-bent on getting even with men — and what better way to do this than using sex as a weapon?
Not only have our sexual-harassment laws threatened the reputation and livelihood of countless unsuspecting college guys, adult men and fathers are equally victimized. As Missouri judge Robert H. Dierker Jr., explains in The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault, claims of sexual harassment have become a means by which feminists vent their malice toward men. He wrote that feminism’s “confluence” with the Left has “spawned a truly horrible jurisprudence.” Feminists have determined that the law should not treat women the same as men but bette — —to compensate women for centuries of oppression. “Sexual harassment law threatens to become a weapon by which [feminists] ensure the oppression of men.”
My heart goes out to Mr. Cain. As a black conservative, I’m sure he imagined the attacks that would come when he decided to run for president. But he may have greatly underestimated a feminist attack — that’s the worst kind of all.— Suzanne Venker is co-author of the new book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say. Her website is www.suzannevenker.com.