EDITORIAL for November 25-27, 2017
Iím CAVE MANager Paul Lotsof. It was about twenty years ago when I and a friend of mine heard some clattering on my back patio. We looked outside and there were two cats. One appeared to be the mother and the other was a kitten whom we guessed was a daughter. We named them Naomi and Wynonna and gave them both food. Naomi disappeared but Wynonna hung around and became my pet. Wynonna grew up quickly and loved roaming around my neighborhood. One day she appeared at the door and she looked like she had been in a war zone. She was badly cut and could hardly walk. I rushed her to a veterinarian who had some interesting information; First was that Wynonna was a male. Secondly, male cats have a tendency to roam around looking for girl cats and they often get into terrible fights with other male cats when they stick their paws where they are unwelcome.
The news stories that weíve been hearing over the past few years seem to show that sticking paws and other body parts where they arenít wanted is by no means limited to male cats. We male humans have similar problems. And thereís hardly a day that goes by when the news doesnít contain some story about a well known man who has become the target of complaints from various women.
Iíll give a few prominent examples: Bill Cosby is up to his ears in complaints filed by women.
A few years ago Taylor Swift claimed that a Denver radio personality grabbed her rear end. Swift threw a chicken fit and filed a lawsuit. The radio guy lost his job. Weíve all heard about the allegations against entertainment tycoon Harvey Weinstein. And just last week television talk host Charlie Rose lost his jobs after admitting that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with women. Also in the spotlight is Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore who is accused of having sexual relations with under-aged girls many years ago. Similarly Senator Al Franken is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Even former President George H. Bush stands accused of misconduct at age 93. . We all remember the accusations that Former President Bill Clinton had a relationship with Monica Lewinsky in 1995 and 1996. A few years later that affair and some other matters led to Clintonís impeachment though he wasnít convicted.
And as I said, new claims of inappropriate sexual advances by men keep showing up nearly every day.
Misbehaving men, of course, are nothing new. Itís been going on for thousands of years but it seems like women are getting bolder and more and more of these cases are being reported.
What I find intriguing is the way the American people react to accusations of sexual misconduct and how much of it we are willing to tolerate. A fascinating case in point is the Reverend Martin Luther King. Years after this Baptist minister was gunned down one of his associates revealed that King was surrounded by women everywhere he went and he had sexual relations with multitudes of them. But the American people were willing to overlook Kingís immorality and hypocrisy and today his birthday is a national holiday. In fact, King is the only American whose birthday is presently a national holiday. Not even George Washington has that honor anymore.
And what about Donald Trump? During the final months of last yearís election campaign a video surfaced of Trump exclaiming that it was okay for a famous man to grab a woman by the crotch. Trump even used obscene words in that video. When it came out I figured that Trump had surely lost the support of the religious right and his political career was over. But I was wrong. Trump became president and today it appears that his most enthusiastic supporters are fundamentalist religious types.
So clearly we have different standards for different men. Maybe if a man does some good things we will look the other way when he occasionally yields to his animal instincts. I think itís a shame to deprive the American people of the talents of Charlie Rose just because he occasionally stuck his paws where they werenít welcome. Rose is a brilliant interviewer with near encyclopedic knowledge of nearly every subject. I enjoyed his programs on PBS and I hope that they will reinstate him. I also donít think that the radio personality in Denver deserved to lose his job just because he patted Taylor Swift in the wrong place.
And one final thought: If all males kept their paws to themselves the only living things in this world would be plants. And even they are believed to need insects in order to reproduce.
Iím CAVE MANager Paul Lotsof and the opinions youíve just heard are mine and not necessarily anyone elseís. If youíd like a copy of this editorial or youíd like to express your opinions go to the CAVE web site and click on editorials. Thatís CAVEFM.com