Heretofore, I've not discussed the rape accusations against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Although I've no particular affection for anyone connected in any way with the IMF, my initial impression was that this was a probable set-up.
That idea -- always the majority opinion in France -- would have outraged most American readers until recently. Across political lines, Americans have become wedded to an inane set of stereotypes in which every prominent male is seen as a PenisMonster and all females are automatically presumed to be HolyWoman.
The people who remain emotionally tied to this scenario never seem to understand that there are behind-the-scenes manipulators who seek to control the behavior of politicians. These manipulators have at their disposal a limited number of tools. The primary weapons are the four "B"s: Bribes, blackmail, beds and bullets.
(By "bullets" we mean the whole range of assassination options, including the popular jet crash scenario. This choice is no longer favored, except in extreme circumstances.)
We know that Strauss-Kahn's accuser was after money. She lied about the details and may face perjury charges
. Moreover, she was tied into drug smuggling and money laundering. Someone with that kind of rap hanging over her head is easily manipulated into participation in a covert operation. So who put her up to it? That's the question which people should be asking.
Think about it. She told her boyfriend that she expected a windfall. From whom?
Keep that question in mind as we return -- yes, once again -- to the Anthony Weiner debacle.
So firmly has the "HolyWoman versus PenisMonster" scenario taken hold of the public mind that everyone immediately presumed that Tony the PenisMonster had cyber-"raped" innocent women who wanted only to talk politics.Oh, those poor women! As always, they are the eternal victims. Any male barbarian who suggests that they simply could have ended an offensive chat or phone call is simply furthering the culture of victimization.
But a simple review of the timeline suggests a very different scenario...
On April 11, 2011, Meagan Broussard -- the woman who eventually made the explicit photos available to Andrew Breitbart -- first got Congressman Weiner's attention by writing "Hottt" on his Facebook page. In other words, she was the one who signaled from word one that she was sexually interested and available.
On May 4, he sent her the rather innocent photo of himself sitting with his cats. In response, she sent him four photos of herself. Since these photos have not been revealed, we must guess their nature. At some point afterward -- we don't know precisely when -- Weiner sent more explicit photos of himself.
On May 5, Weiner emailed Broussard the "me" photo. The time: 3:08
Later on the same day (6:26), Mike Stack (a.k.a. Goatsred) tweets the following: "A big bomb about to burst: Rumor on the Right Coast is that a "big time" Congressman was caught with a mistress. There are pix and a top five Right-Wing blogger has them."
This announcement was retweeted immediately by PatriotUSA76, the mysterious Dan Wolfe (whom some suspect of being a sock puppet for Stack himself.) Stack later admits that he knew from the start that the target was Weiner.
On May 20, Broussard sent three photos of herself. Weiner responded with the bare-chested photo. Broussard then sent two more photos of herself.
On June 7, Broussard told ABC News that the photos from Weiner came out of nowhere. She never mentions the photos of herself that she had sent immediately beforehand.ABC News paid Broussard somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000
for the photos and private email messages. That fact alone tells you all you need to know about Meagan Broussard.
It is perfectly fair to classify her alongside the Strauss-Kahn accuser.
Before you say it: Yes, I am aware that another woman had previously made accusations against Strauss-Kahn. Whether valid or not, that accusation probably inspired the more recent smear attempt.
Similarly, Weiner had a history (before his marriage) of engaging in cyber-sex. The same can be said of millions of other men and women -- and if you think that you have a right to judge all of those men and women, I suggest that you exit the current century and take your rightful place as a character in a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel.
Weiner then married a woman whose job frequently forced her to travel the world. It seems likely that Weiner's enemies got wind of his earlier history and put together a honeytrap for a lonely congressman.
Why is this important? Because similar honeytraps will occur in the future. And the all-pervasive "HolyWoman versus PenisMonster" stereotype will always work to the benefit of the schemers.
Of course, when more women take seats in Congress, the honeytrappers and smear merchants will invoke a different set of stereotypes -- something to do with cougars and maneaters. These stereotypes will be equally simplistic, equally ugly, and equally false. Then and only then will feminists stop looking at the puppets and start looking for the puppeteers.