Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Why Prosecuting Polanski Matters.

I know, another Polanski post, and so soon after we've eaten! I'm not waiting the hour before jumping in again, so too bad.

This is exactly why we shouldn't let it go.

When people are lining up to defend Poor Roman, to say "it happened a long time ago," that he "had sex with" a teenage girl, that we should "move on," what this does is cause a trickle-down effect that causes harm to people we care about. Suddenly, their obvious victimization becomes just "sex they had a long time ago," and the victim should remember the rapist had a hard life, and boo fucking hoo.

Reagan's trickle down theory may not have worked when applied to economics, but it sure as hell works when applied to how the public views rape.