For those who missed the news:
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told men to "shut up and step up" when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accusation. Asked whether her being one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee impacts the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings, Senator Hirono says, "I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change."
"Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed. They need to be believed," Hirono said. "We cannot continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford."
"We have to create an environment where women can come forward and be heard and be listened to. I want to thank Dr. Ford. I commend her courage. I believe her," the Senator said.
There's more at the link.
So we (men, that is) are supposed to give a free pass to the accuser, in spite of the many and (very) well-founded doubts about her accusations? Oh, hell, no! As the Victory Girls blog points out:
You see Mazie, here’s the thing, if men had stayed silent, then we would never know that:
The Duke Lacrosse story was a complete hoaxHey Mazie, by telling men to SHUT UP, you are saying to Malik and all the others that they should’ve just dealt with their names being dragged through the mud. They should’ve just given up and had their honor and reputations forever soiled because of false accusations. Yeah…NO.
Mattress Girl lied about everything
Rolling Stone helped Jackie Coakley throw the men at UVA under the bus
Malik St. Hilaire was one of two young men at Sacred Heart University falsely accused of rape by Nikki Yovino.
What people of Sen. Hirono's ilk are saying is that the accuser should be given credibility purely and simply because she is a woman. The Senator is far from alone in that perspective. For example (clickit to biggit):
Ms. Cox, I'm not interested in "taking her pain seriously": I'm interested in taking her accusations seriously. So far, they're anything but convincing, having emerged from a far-left, progressive activist after well over 30 years, never having been raised in Mr. Kavanaugh's earlier confirmation hearings for the DC Circuit Court several years ago, and never having come to light at all in his long and distinguished career as a public servant. What's more, his accuser's evident reluctance to state her case in public, without preconditions, in Mr. Kavanaugh's presence, and subject to cross-examination, is highly suspect from a legal perspective (despite allegations from her supporters that her hesitation is on personal rather than legal grounds). How did then-Senator (later President) Truman put it? "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen". Oops. (And yes, his name was Tru-man. Get over it.)
EDITED TO ADD: And while we're at it, let's be logically consistent. If we're to believe Mr. Kavanaugh's accuser just because she's a woman, and "feel her pain" . . . how about doing exactly the same thing for those women who accused former President Clinton of sexual misconduct? How about it, Senator? How about it, Ms. Cox? Do I hear "Amen"? . . . [crickets] . . .
Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination is (or should be) the subject of factual debate - not feelings. I am not prepared to give any weight or credence to how anyone feels about him. I want to know his track record, his views, his personal as well as his professional background . . . and I want to be able to verify every detail about them, so that he is assessed on the basis of fact, not feeling; truth, not innuendo; verifiable evidence, not unverified insinuations. Those factors have nothing to do with anyone's sex, gender, age, qualifications, or whatever. I will not give any added credence or weight to either side, or any individual, unless and until they are on the table to be assessed.
Right now, in the absence of any confirmatory evidence at all, I don't believe the allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh. If that is to change, there'd better be a lot more to this than vague, unverifiable histrionics. Unless and until then, as far as I'm concerned, they should not be taken into account at all. Honesty and justice demand nothing less.