Monday, September 28, 2009

Off-topic: Of cabbages and kings

Two unrelated, off-topic items:

Somehow my guess is that if this story involved a teen girl and male abuser, it would be the biggest story in America tonight:

Okla. teen claims he was held in closet for years

OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman was arrested after her 14-year-son told authorities he escaped from a home where he'd been kept for 4 1/2 years, spending most of his time locked in a bedroom closet, police said Monday.

A security guard at a National Guard facility in Oklahoma City called police on Friday after the teen showed up malnourished and with numerous scars and other signs of abuse, police Sgt. Gary Knight said.
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He told police that scars on his stomach and torso were from where alcohol had been poured on him and set on fire. Other scars were from being tied up, hit with an extension cord and choked, the boy told police.

"He had scars covering most of his body," Knight said. "They were basically from head to foot."

The teen told police he moved to the Oklahoma City area from New Jersey about 4 1/2 years ago after his mother was released from jail. Since arriving in Oklahoma, he said, he had never been to school and spent most of his time locked in a bedroom closet.

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On Roman Polanski: I offer no opinion because I have not followed it as closely as many, many others. But this article has an interesting quote that speaks to what we do here, too: "'To see him thrown to the lions and put in prison because of ancient history - and as he was traveling to an event honoring him - is absolutely horrifying,' French Culture Minister FrÉdÉric Mitterrand said after Polanski was arrested upon arrival in Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. 'There's an America we love and an America that scares us, and it's that latter America that has just shown us its face.'"

At this site, we see the face of the America that scares us almost every day. It's the punitive, full-bodied chivalrous face that views male sexuality as dangerous and evil. It's the face that adopts a zero tolerance for even unproven "sex" allegations, and takes the approach of arrest-'em-first-ask-questions-later. It's the face that insists on treating men like animals even after they've served their time for sex offenses. It's the face that prefers to lock up an innocent man or boy rather than take a chance that he might harm my daughter, and not feel the slightest guilt about it, and not even worry that someday it might be my son somebody else will have locked up. So, yes, we "get" it. We definitely "get" it.