Sunday, February 2, 2014

It is unjust to assume Woody Allen's guilt

Here are two articles about the accusations of sexual misconduct being lobbed at Woody Allen: On Woody Allen Abuse & Victim Shaming and The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast.

The first article assumes guilt in this case because bad things happen in other, unrelated cases.

The second painstakingly lays out the facts applicable to this particular case, facts that most people aren't aware of, facts that suggest we should not assume Woody's guilt.

We are stranded in an era where the public discourse about these sorts of cases overwhelmingly assumes guilt based on other, unrelated instances, and assumptions about men in general, as opposed to the facts of the case at issue. These sorts of witch hunts are unjust, anti-intellectual, and a sad barometer of how society views men.