As this nation’s first female television sportscaster, I can tell you something about sexual harassment, although we didn’t call it that in those days. It was either a proposition or simply boorish behavior.
My first boss, who was married, came on to me. When I said, “Thanks but no thanks,” he tried to get me fired. He failed. Then, he proceeded to make my life miserable at work. It was a cold war until I moved and went to work at another television station.
Once I had a coworker who continually hit on me. He was a good man and I knew it wasn’t serious, but his constant attention and suggestive remarks were annoying. In some strange way he though this was flattering to a woman. One day I decided to take matters in hand. The next time it happened, I took a flying leap and landed in his arms in full view of everyone. He was so embarrassed, he never did it again.
Working in an almost entirely all-male environment, I found most men to be honorable, kind, respectful and extremely fair.
However, in my lifetime I have seen many men destroyed by a false accusation from a woman. Yes, if a man makes a false accusation against a woman, it is assumed to be untrue, but if a woman makes a false accusation against a man, he is automatically guilty unless he can prove he is innocent. Anybody remember the Duke lacrosse team? It happens on college campuses, in cases of domestic violence, divorce court, in the workplace, and, yes, it happens in Congress.
While members of Congress often get away with murder, I find the reaction to the accusations against Moore particularly disturbing. Most members of Congress will do anything to keep their seats. While some carry on with staff members, lobbyists and each other in private, publicly they are wimps when it comes to standing up to women, particularly the angry feminists in our midst. Let one wag a finger and suggest that a law, a policy or an institution is unfair, and politicians bend over backwards to right the perceived wrong. I offer the feminization of the military as a case in point.
“Put women in combat! We are as strong and tough as men!” they demanded. Yet they want us to believe that a woman can’t tell a man in a three-piece suit, carrying a briefcase, to stuff it.
Which brings up the case of Judge Moore. Whether or not you agree with everything he has done in his political career, you must agree that he is a man of principle. He was twice removed from his elected office as as chief justice of the Supreme Court of the state of Alabama for refusing to abide by an order he considered unconstitutional.
Despite press reports to the contrary, Moore has only been accused of wrongdoing by three – not nine – women, and only one of the three passes the smell test. For the record, dating teenage girls is not against the law, and by all accounts from the teens who dated Moore, he was a gentleman.
So let’s examine the one serious accusation that looks somewhat credible, the case of then 14-year-old Leigh Corfman. Ms. Corfman was a troubled teen whose parents were divorced. Moore is said to have offered to watch the young girl (he doesn’t remember it) while her mother went to court to transfer custody to her father because (according to court documents) she was too difficult to handle. Apparently, Corfman bragged to friends that she was seeing an older man, Moore, after that. Then, according to her story, she broke it off after he took her to his home and tried to seduce her.
Washington Post reporters went snooping for dirt, anything, on Moore, and supposedly one of these friends led them to Corfman. Is it possible that this troubled teen had a crush on Moore who was a respected young man in a very small town and made up the story to impress them? Is it possible that this woman, who continued to have problems, actually began to believe it?
Moore has led a moral life. Corfman not so much. At the very least, Moore deserves his day in court. He does not deserve to be roundly excoriated by by members of his own party, absent any proof, and asked to drop out of his Senate race at the 11th hour.
These lawmakers do this at their own peril. From now on, any Republican running for office is fair game for baseless accusations and should expect the same treatment.