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DARVO 0

Carol A. Lambert notices a classic pattern in Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony about Christine Balsey Ford’s accusations. A snippet; follow the link for more.

In 1997, Freyd identified this pattern of behavior as it pertains to child abuse and sexual offenders as DARVO—deny the offense, attack the accuser, reverse (roles) and identify as the victim, and see the “victim or accuser” as the offender. This dynamic is common among those who have done wrong (criminal or not) and are confronted about their hurtful behavior.

Having examined over a thousand relationships, I see the DARVO pattern in my work with women who have controlling partners. In almost every single case of intimate partner abuse—physical, psychological, or emotional abuse—when women attempt to address a partner’s hurtful behavior or abuse, they end up being attacked and ultimately accused of being the abusive one.

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Mean for the Sake of Mean 0

It’s not aberration. It’s policy.

Via PoliticalProf.

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All That Was Old Is New Again 0

Picture of wire coat hanger labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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“Words Mean What I Want Them To Mean” 0

Title:  High School Slang with Brett Kavanaugh.  Questioner:  Judge Kavanaugh, what does

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A Trumpled grocery shopper.

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“The Laughter” 0

Jay Bookman.

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Victims and Victimizers 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., shares his revolutionary strategy to avoid accusations of sexual misconduct. A nugget:

In the last 40-plus years, all of my assistants, most of my bosses, and many of my colleagues, students and closest friends have been women. Yet I live in no fear that one of them will accuse me of sexual harassment or rape. See, I have a little trick: It’s called not committing sexual harassment or rape. I’ve found that it works pretty much every time.

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The Injustice of It All 0

First three images:  Two cavemen, commiserating:  One says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Stakeholders 0

Picture of woman burning at stake as panel of men says to her,

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The Entitlement Society 0

What the Booman said.

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Cruel and Usual Punishment 0

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“Hearing” Doesn’t Mean “Listening” 0

Charles Grassly, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks:  The timetable is, first, we pin Doctor Ford down on the ground, then we cover her mouth to silence her screams while we vote.

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“A Token of Their Esteem” 0

Thom’s caller suggests that prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who the Republicans on the Judiciary Committed used to question Christine Blasey Ford, was a “token hire.”

Methinks the thought is worth a ponder.

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Facebook Frolics, “No Irish Need Apply” Dept. 0

Pap and Thom discuss the growing number of suits against Facebook for allowing employment ads that violate anti-discrimination laws.

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Precedent 0

Senator Grassley to Christine Blasey Ford at hearing:  Why did it take you so long to come forward?  Ford:  I saw what you did to Anita Hill.

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Is It a “Hearing” If Nobody Listens? (Updated) 0

Mike Littwin comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh (non-)hearing. A snippet:

It was hard to watch, knowing how difficult it was for Ford. But what came next was harder still. The Republicans on the committee didn’t criticize Ford’s testimony. They just acted as if it had never happened.

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Addendum:

Dick Polman is en point in labeling the Republican Party as “the party of misogyny.”

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The Entitlement Society 0

Law Professor Deirdre M. Bowen remembers.

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Frame One:  Republian Elephant talking about Brett Kavanaugh saying,

Via Juanita Jean.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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Hoist on His Own Petard 0

Frame One, titled

One of my history professors used to delight in pointing out what he called “the ironies of history.”

Image via Juanita Jean.

Afterthought:

Those ironies are oft bittersweet.

I think the professor was Dr. Bill Shade, under whom I studied the Early Federal Period during my year in graduate school, out of which I dropped, for I realized that I was not cut out to be an academician.* (Hell, when I drove away in my U-Haul heading east back to the Eastern Shore, I did indeed feel a weight lift from my shoulders. It was a metaphor come to life.)

He was a bright spot in that experience

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*”Academic” is an adjective. “Academician” is a noun. It’s called “proper usage.” Live with it.

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