Letter writer Jack Kinstlinger asks, “What does Professor [Christine] Blasey [Ford] gain by bringing forth her accusations [against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanauagh]?” (“Christine Ford has little to gain from lying,” Sept. 24).
I think she has much to gain if she succeeds in derailing Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. She becomes a feminist icon, her professorship is burnished, she makes a fortune writing a book, enjoys lucrative lecture tours and is hailed a #MeToo heroine.
I look upon this kerfuffle with alarm. What do we women achieve if Professor Ford succeeds? We gain nothing but scorn and contempt. I’m not denying something may have happened three decades ago, but Christine Blasey Ford should have spoken out long before now.
It is wrong to wait over 35 years to denigrate anyone who attended that alcohol-fueled event. If Professor Ford, the alleged victim, is victorious and Judge Kavanaugh’s career and reputation go down in flames, it will hurt women in general. Christine Blasey Ford would then epitomize the female predator waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Throughout history, starting with Eve in the Bible, women have been branded dangerous, destructive and scheming. Even the ancient Greeks, who I consider some of the most enlightened, intellectual people of all time, refused to teach women to read, claiming it would be “like giving poison to a snake.” As a woman, I deplore ways we’ve been perceived. Nonetheless, the method Professor Ford is using to destroy a man adds credence to the opinion all females are hazardous.