Brett Kavanaugh hearing is just the latest reminder of how deeply misogynist we are

Allegations about the party-hearty culture at Brett Kavanaugh’s prep school are only shocking to those in a state of denial about our deeply misogynist culture.

As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Georgetown Law school students:

“These #MeToo complaints, every woman of my vintage has not just one story but many stories, but we thought there’s nothing you can do about it, boys will be boys, so just find a way to get out of it.”

Ginsburg is 85. I’m 65, and I have many stories. Unfortunately, so do women of Christine Blasey Ford’s generation, who came of age in the 1980s.

And every generation since.

We’re speaking up. Bill Cosby is punished

The lionization of a bad-boy misogynistic culture that’s revealed in Kavanaugh’s class yearbook doesn’t just reflect who we were. It’s who we are.

It’s inescapable.

Yes, today women are speaking out. And, yes, justice was served when Bill Cosby was sentenced to jail.

But Blasey Ford was right to be terrified to testify before a Senate committee. The Republicans made it perfectly clear that they saw the potential harm to Kavanaugh’s career as a tragedy.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, in particular, was passionate about how Kavanaugh has suffered and calling the hearing an “unethical sham.”

But Blasey Ford’s story was not worthy of an FBI investigation.

But we still think men are more important

Even in these supposedly woke days of #MeToo, the view endures that what happens to women/girls is less important than what happens to men/boys.

This grab-it-while-you-can sense of male entitlement was vividly expressed in Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood video.

America elected him anyway.

Many Republicans would like to see Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court no matter what – including some evangelicals who are willing to make a deal with you-know-who to get an anti-choice court that will deny women control over their own bodies.

Talk about misogyny.

And we should.

It’s entrenched in every part of our culture

We need to talk about it and recognize how deeply entrenched it is.

We can’t have this conversation without acknowledging that we are so steeped in stereotypes about women that even our highest tone “culture” is filthy with ‘em.

Consider my vacation plans and the Metropolitan Opera.

My daughter and I are going to New York in November – just because.

While we are there, we plan to go to an opera at the Met – because getting dressed up and checking out everybody else’s bling sounds like great fun.

Besides, as former Arizona Opera season ticket holders, going to the Met feels like a natural progression.

Yes, even opera perpetuates this

Here are our choices while in New York:

Well, then.

I’m sure they all have great music and fabulous productions.

Misogyny truly is everywhere

I’m sure I will hear from lots of opera fans who point out that an opera is more than a libretto.

This is true. The beauty of the music masks the misogyny of stories that are considered classics.

Opera fans may also point out that popular music, entertainment, drama, art, online games, etc. are also drenched in misogyny.

To which I say: Exactly.

Reach Valdez at linda.valdez@arizonarepublic.com.

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