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The predators behind the predators

by Becky Akers

In the unlikely event that prosecutors criminally charge Harvey Weinstein for his sexual assaults, they should also convict feminist theory and Weinstein’s victims. Both are as culpable as he. The same holds for Bill Cosby’s case and those of other wealthy, influential men whom women accuse of exploitation.

Let’s be clear: we’re neither defending nor condoning these lechers. Their adultery and marauding are despicable.

But when alcohol rather than libido intoxicates a man, the law holds bartenders responsible if the drunk kills someone while driving home from his binge.

Ergo, why aren’t the doxies who “wanted a career in television and movie production” and who therefore met repeatedly and privately with a known philanderer not as guilty as Weinstein? Ditto for the feminist nonsense persuading these actresses that the sexes are not only equal but identical in their physiology and emotions, that women have a right to dress, speak and act as provocatively as they please and that only Neanderthals respond to such enticement.

Yes, Weinstein, Cosby, and their ilk are evil. But what of Gwyneth Paltrow, whom Weinstein awarded “the lead role in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma” when she “was 22 years old … Before production began, she said, he invited her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she believed was a work meeting. … The meeting ended with Weinstein placing his hands on Paltrow and suggesting they go to his room to get massages, she claimed. ‘I was a kid,’ the 45-year-old said. ‘I was signed up. I was petrified.’” She described his ensuing abuse as “brutal.”

No doubt it was. But remember that Paltrow is “the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner.” Were both parents ignorant of Weinstein’s “open secret” despite their decades in Hollywood’s sewer? Was Gwyneth herself, after growing up in that milieu? Did she seriously believe that only Weinstein, rather than her family’s name and contacts, could ensure her stardom?

Even more damning, Weinstein’s “suggestion” didn’t prevent her from “[going] on to make Shakespeare in Love” with him. Seriously? She was so traumatized she went back for more? I guess the pay and advancement of her career compensated for any “brutality.” We have words for such a quid-pro-quo, none of them good.

The same insouciance toward integrity and common sense characterize Bill Cosby’s accusers. For example, Sunni Welles “first met Bill Cosby as a little girl when my mother worked in Hollywood as a theatrical agent at a major talent agency.” By the mid-1960s, Cosby was inviting the 17-year-old Sunni to jazz clubs.

I’m picturing my mom’s reaction had I mentioned that a 30-year-old, married man planned to date her 17-year-old daughter. No doubt, I’d still be grounded, while my hopeful paramour would be dead or at least maimed. Tragically, Sunni Welles’ mother wasn’t nearly as protective as mine.

And so, at the club, Sunni ordered a Coke before hitting the ladies’ room. When she returned, “I sipped my Coke and that was when things began to become blurry. I don’t remember leaving the Club … What I do remember next was waking up naked in a bed alone in a sparsely furnished apartment. Bill was not there. … I called a cab to take me home. … I … felt as if I had had sex…”

So far, poor Sunni is the casualty not only of a rapist and her own ambition (“Bill seemed happy to want to help me”) but even more so of a derelict mother. Yet it’s her next move that flabbergasts: like Gwyneth Paltrow, she accepted another assignation. And again went woozy after imbibing a Coke, and again “awakened in the same room alone and naked.” It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: how many times must a gal find herself au natural in strange surroundings before she realizes that her escort’s wife isn’t the only one he’s fooling?

Not surprisingly, “feminist lawyer” Gloria Allred represented Sunni as well as several of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged “victims.” Like all Marxists, feminists see reality as they wish it were, not as it is. Worse, they’re as predatory as Weinstein and Cosby, always seeking new converts to indoctrinate, new innocents to corrupt. They brainwash their prey with propaganda that violates both decency and logic: men are always to blame for sexual overtures, however much a woman teases; a man and woman who aren’t married to one another risk nothing being alone together; when a woman accepts a powerful man’s advances, no one may judge her; but should she spurn them, the world must condemn him as unspeakably debauched.

Meanwhile, far from hiding its sin, Hollywood rapturously flaunts it. It splashes it across screens large and small for the entire planet to watch. Any woman scheming to succeed in that industry understands — and in fact fantasizes — that men will lust for her. How disingenuous that she pretends outrage when they act on that lust.

A graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama whom Weinstein also solicited, Lupita Nyongo, admits that she knew she “was entering into a business where the intimate is often professional and so the lines are blurred.” When such an enterprise lacks cameras and lights and millions of dollars, we call it “prostitution.”

She continues: ”I was in an educational program where I was giving massages to my classmates and colleagues every day.” Whoa! Recall your studies in college: how fast would you have forsaken your major if it required you to rub the pimply nerds around you? What sort of floozy sticks with such a field?

Our business is complicated,” she adds, “because intimacy is part and parcel of our profession; as actors we are paid to do very intimate things in public.” An apt rationalization, but a rationalization all the same.

Predictably, feminists demand prosecution of Weinstein, Cosby & Co., more laws, and further meddling from the State — in short, an even stronger government — as the remedy for sexual transgressions. No wonder they mocked, flouted and destroyed the morality that once warned girls away from these beasts.

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