Letters to the Editor

It's time for the status quo to change

Republican senators have confirmed what women already know: Many men do not listen to women and, even if they are forced to listen, they do not believe women.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is a very brave woman, giving her testimony in the face of the expected disbelief and scorn from wealthy white men. Men can be confident that they will always be believed over any mere woman.

One can’t help wondering what could have made senators believe Dr. Ford. Perhaps if she had two or three privileged white male witnesses when Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her? But probably not; even if a woman had the foresight to take along witnesses when she feared assault, male witnesses probably would suffer the same loss of memory as Kavanaugh claimed.

Dr. Ford persisted, although she surely knows, as most women do, that privileged white men often suffer amnesia and denial when confronted. The only thing more painful than relating the most harrowing event in one’s life is to be faced with the perpetrator’s flat denial that it ever happened and to be disbelieved by the men who control this country.

How about some affirmative action for women? For more than three centuries, from the Founding Fathers to today, women have been treated as inferiors and ignored or disbelieved. How about treating women as equals (dare I say superiors?) to men, listening to them, and believing them the next 300 years?

Kathleen J. Hall

Cedar Rapids

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