Home / General / The BDSM Red Herring

The BDSM Red Herring

Comments
/
/
/
1282 Views

As this blog’s token Canadian, I suppose it behooves me to comment on the firing of once beloved CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Andrea Zanin, Amanda Marcotte, and Sarah Seltzer all correctly identify the heart of the issue. Ghomeshi’s preemptive strike notwithstanding, it is almost certain that he was not fired because of his kinky but consensual sexual proclivities (which of course would indeed be indefensible.) He was fired because he was credibly accused by 3 women of sexual assault and 1 woman of sexual harassment. The firing might be unjust based on the extremely remote possibility that all 4 of these women are lying, but not because the CBC is too prudish. And in case you’re tempted to think that the anonymity of these women should seriously undermine their credibility, I will note that a woman who wrote that Ghomeshi was, at the least, an entitled envelope-pusher unwilling or incapable of reading basic social cues when young women he wanted to screw are involved was subjected to substantial harassment for writing about it. (See Heather Malick on this point as well.)

While we’re here, I can say with certainty that he can be convicted of writing this:

Moxy Fruvous – Stuck In the 90s from Tim Hamilton on Vimeo.

NEVER TRY THE INCISIVE SOCIAL COMMENTARY IN SONG AGAIN MY GOD. One more of these and I think I’d start sending money to the RNC.

…Kate Harding has more. Also, IANAL and correct me if I’m wrong, but a lawsuit that doesn’t even allege a breach of his employment contract does not seem very likely to get anywhere.  Even if his extremely implausible story is true I’m still unclear what his legal claim is.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest
It is main inner container footer text