A Letter From The Law.


Sometimes realization comes in the strangest costume.
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Last night, I spent several significant minutes concluding that the latest female Trump accuser was, at best, unbalanced.
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Watching the excerpted clip of the final two minutes of her interview with Anderson Cooper, I declared E. Jean Carroll a delusional loon with a rape fantasy. Tonight, taking the entire interview – which gave the final two minutes their proper context – I discovered a lucid testimony maker making a bold assertion: the man who attacked her was living out a rape fantasy. And, the point missed by so many: she claimed this within the framework of generational context.
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Perhaps only old people will get it. Those, say, over 60.
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What was society’s collective position on rape when a husband could force himself on his wife, by law?
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I doubt that husbands behaving within the bounds of a law which served their patriarchal domination considered themselves rapists; to them, it was their estimable right to have their wives, whenever and however they so chose.
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As such, this accuser described her attacker in the very terms; she implied that he acted within his perceived right, the embodiment of the residual effect of the letter of the law.
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Now, how is it a different conversation to ask what society’s collective moral position was on abortion, prior to the connotation of the term “reproductive rights”?
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For every option a man took, within the law, a woman had none; now, the law states that a woman can dispense with the very life carried in her womb. Could one law have led to the other? Whether or not, in both cases the letter of the law acts as enabler, driving morality to drink.
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So, which leads: law, or conscience? How much longer will humanity use the law not as judge but as scapegoat for amoral action against another, before semantic label becomes libel?
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It takes courage to remove the mask.
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© 6/26/19 Ruth Ann Scanzillo.   Thank you for respecting original material. If you are reading this from 163.com, we are already wise to your action.
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4 thoughts on “A Letter From The Law.

  1. Readers, an earnest social media friend suggested that my thoughts were “raw and disjointed” in this piece. She recommended that I explain the connection I am making between the issue of rape and the issue of abortion; I argue that these are merely illustrations of the greater point of the piece. Please stop and consider every point made, on your own; YOU fill in the missing pieces! Thanks!

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  2. Understood when I first read it this morning. I read a lot of things…..never thinking the author wants me to “change or correct” anything. Don’t engage. After reading all the FB comments, I am ready to play the cello too. And I don’t even play😉

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    1. p.s. did you just give the thing all those stars? Have been considering removing that option from the bar; it invites criticism, in one form, and once I remember getting 3 stars and feeling deflated. It’s a dumb option, really – because you never know whether the person giving the stars is referencing the content, the opinion, or the quality of the writing!

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