These collective last minute sexual complaints against Arnold Schwarzenegger are SO utterly bogus. For starters, this last minute sliming constitutes just exactly the kind of nasty politics of personal destruction that the Democrats claim to hate- especially all the anonymous charges.
However, even defenders of Arnold in the press generally start out by conceding that these are “serious charges.” Even being totally unfair to Arnold by assuming for the sake of argument that the factual claims of these charges are pretty much all true, these are NOT serious charges.
People accuse him of “sexually harassing” women, and even of criminal wrongdoing, “sexual assault.” These are vague terms that do not describe his actual supposed actions. Using “to sexually harass” as a verb is bogus because it does not describe any action.
What he has been accused of actually doing basically is feeling women up. No one to my knowledge has even accused him of anything like rape. Unlike the former POTUS, no one has even accused him of whipping out the penis without permission. Apparently he does take no for an answer. He’s just jumping a couple of steps in how he’s asking, stealing second as it were. Getting grab-handy isn’t necessarily very nice, but it’s nonsense to try to trump it up into criminal charges.
The most appropriate response to such an unwelcome advance would generally be simply for the woman to slap his face and tell him to get lost. End of story.
Instead, women are encouraged now to decide to feel traumatized and victimized by any minor bit of unwelcome attention. If someone grabs you and drags you off behind the bushes, THAT is a rape. It’s a violent act intended to cause suffering. It dilutes and thus discounts the significance of real sexual violence to call copping a feel a “sexual assault.”
Now it would perhaps be getting to some meaningful use of the words “sexual harassment” if Arnold was pressuring women with professional considerations. If he was telling women that he’d get them fired from their jobs if they didn’t put out, then that would be significantly abusive. If the woman told him to get lost, and he kept following her around, that would start getting significantly bad pretty quick.
However, I’ve seen nothing suggesting such behavior from Arnold, nor would I expect to. It’s not like he would NEED to do crap like that. Most women would WANT Mr. Universe to make advances. Even by dragging $100 bills through every trailer park in the country, the media and Democrat machine has only managed to come up with less than two dozen women to accuse Arnold of unwanted advances. That suggests that 99%+ of his intended playmates were pleased by his attention.
Being Mr. Universe, a millionare businessman AND a movie star, I’d be disappointed if Arnold hadn’t been humping everything in sight. What a waste that would have been.
I don’t particularly care about Schwarzenegger one way or the other, but extreme liberal hypocrisy on sexual issues does annoy me. On the one hand, they tend to promote all kinds of “tolerance,” in practice really not just accepting but actively encouraging all stripes of sexual promiscuity and deviance.
On the other hand, when men actually ACT on these messages, the pinkos are ready to throw cops and lawyers on them. Hey, humping everything is just good clean fun, but even LOOKING at a woman the wrong way and time now can get you a million dollar lawsuit and cops called on you.
Arnold is obviously pretty aggressive at getting what he wants. He’s super competitive.
However, he is not violent or even particularly ill-tempered. He’s never been accused of rape, nor even, say, punching out paparazzi. You’d be hard pressed to come up with him so much as yelling at someone.
By the standards of his time and place, he may understandably have thought that he was simply being, as he puts it, “playful.” These boundaries are legitimately confusing, especially to a young man with ultra-high levels of testosterone flowing through him. The normal thing for male mammals to do is to jump on a female and start humping.
Humans have developed considerably more refined sensibilities, however, so this is not appropriate civilized behavior. We have to figure out more appropriate boundaries. Grabbing at women unannounced is not good. You can’t really expect men to go around carrying ink pens and consent forms as some fools seem to want, but some modest courtesy should prevail.
Arnold seems to have about the right response. As a personally more mature older man in a more sensitive time, he recognizes that those old ways aren’t getting it. Again unlike the former POTUS, he didn’t go on some search and destroy mission against his accusers. Instead, he has accepted the responsibility for his inappropriate behavior. He has publicly apologized. That should be the end of it.
And Arnold copping a feel on a movie set ten years ago has what to do with being governor?