Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This is getting weird even by feminist standards: Wendy Murphy says go after Assange for spying, not rape

\Wendy Murphy once referred to the Duke lacrosse defendants on CNN's Nancy Grace show in this manner: "These guys, like so many rapists -- and I'm going to say it because, at this point, she's entitled to the respect that she is a crime victim." 

Another time, she said this: "I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."

So how would we expect her to come down on the Assange case?  Guess again.

Here's an excerpt:

Because as much as I care about fixing rape laws to better respect women’s freedom and equality—and as hard as I’ve fought for more than 20 years to hold offenders accountable as part of that reform work—it hurts rather than helps the cause when prosecutors exploit such a serious topic for unrelated political purposes.

If officials want a piece of Assange, they should charge him with espionage. It might be a tough case in light of First Amendment concerns, but so what? Nobody buys the sex charges anyway and espionage, on these facts, is a more serious offense. Better to try, and to lose, than pursue distracting charges in an unrelated case.

All countries need to do a better job prosecuting rape. But flexing that muscle in this case will do nothing to legitimize the idea that bodily integrity matters. To the contrary, it will establish even more firmly the historically entrenched and offensive idea that the value of a woman’s autonomy is measured by the political benefits of prosecuting the man who took it.

Read the full piece here: