Saturday, October 6, 2018

One of the most reviled Supreme Court cases

From "Students Filed Title IX Complaints Against Kavanaugh to Prevent Him From Teaching at Harvard Law." by Ann Althouse. She is commenting on an effort by ideological advocates at Harvard to prevent Judge Kavanaugh from teaching there by bringing baseless accusations of sexual harassment against him. This is political procedural tactics surmounting reason or moral norms.

Althouse has a stinging observation, made by many others, but skillfully framed.
Another leader in this activism said:
“If you had a meeting in Wasserstein, you don’t know if he’s going to be there... It would be pretty terrifying for any survivor or any person to walk into a building on campus and see someone who has been alleged of a very serious crime.”
Terrifying to see a person accused of a serious crime? Kavanaugh's temperament is being questioned, but what about the temperament of these potential lawyers? Do they not feel called to deal with the difficult world of legal problems? This made me think about one of the most reviled Supreme Court cases, Bradwell v. Illinois, which allowed the state to bar women from the practice of law, back in 1873. From the concurring opinion of Justice Bradley:
The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life....
Why don't activist, feminist women aspire to strength? Promoting the timidity and delicacy of women and running to the authorities with specious, backhanded complaints — what lowly, destructive activism!

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