Another week, another spate of mad assaults on free speech at British universities. American-style “trigger warnings” are being used in Oxford University’s law department to warn sensitive students before lectures dealing with “potentially distressing subject matter”, such as criminal cases involving rape or murder. Trigger warning: don’t hire a barrister from this cohort of Oxford undergraduates — they might faint if any evidence is too disturbing.
Date: May 11, 2016
“[Ronan Farrow] addressed, in particular, the way various parts of the media come together to form a seamlessly-functioning machine meant to combat and silence anyone who speaks out about sexual violence…
…Every day, colleagues at news organizations forwarded me the emails blasted out by Allen’s powerful publicist, who had years earlier orchestrated a robust publicity campaign to validate my father’s sexual relationship with another one of my siblings.
He was referring, of course, to [Woody] Allen’s marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, a woman who is 35 years younger than he is and was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow when she and Allen were together.”
I would suggest for his relationship with Soon-Yi, no…It is not molestation or abuse…The other allegations are something all together different…if you believe them to be true…And the volatile family setting casts a shadow of doubt.
For sure…it is unconventional to marry your step daughter…Soon-Yi was not biologically related to anyone in that family, however…She was, apparently, of legal age when she and Woody became a couple…and certainly so, when they married.
It seems in relations to Soon-Yi, Woody is only guilty of violating social norms…as in, not respecting the broad implications, of the nuclear family model.
Of course Mia Farrow is going to become irate, when her ex-husband gets into a relationship with her adopted daughter…It’s something highly unexpected in our society…Plus, it has to greatly complicate family gatherings.
…But what if it were an unremarkable occurrence in our society?…What if people took it for granted, that age difference doesn’t matter?…or that love is beautiful, even in unconventional manifestations?
A lot of people scowl at this not exactly incestuous relationship…even though it appears to have been a positive thing, for the two involved…And a number of private family matters have gotten aired, in the wake of it all.
One thing I’ve found both interesting, yet troubling…is the way people worth lots of money get protected…like Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, J.J. Abrams and Woody Allen, just to name the first few that come to mind…And yes, I know allegations have not been proven thus far, in any of these cases…
…Yet the fact remains…it’s hard to make the charges stick, when someone is wealthy and famous.
This can be a problem for Child Lovers and Teen Lovers, as it potentially creates more divisive fodder to use against us…But it can also be fertile ground, in which to garner insight…
…insight on the methods used by those with the means, to combat allegations of abuse.
Is it all just sleazy, underhanded tactics of evasion?…or are there things here, which we can also employ as a collective?
I don’t believe true abuse should ever be protected by a wall of wealth and power…But what does it say about our culture, when only the wealthy and powerful can genuinely fight these kinds of charges, and have any chance of moving past them “unscathed”?
…It outrages me, that some people [IE: Cosby] get to buy their way into a privileged status…which effectively exists above the law…in a world where they charge, convict and lock people away, for even mundane and inconsequential things…It’s a sick joke…when the people who most need to be locked up, are allowed to live free and do as they please.
…But then, “justice” is a for profit business these days, anyway…It’s modern day slavery.
Guilty or innocent…each of the famous people mentioned here [and others] would have been devoured by the system by now, had they not had wealth and power to fight it off…and that is just wrong…
…Wealth and power should not be the standard setter, for the attainment of true justice…Because it has nothing to do with justice.