Dr. Barbara Ransby: 27 Years After Attacks on Anita Hill, Patriarchy & Misogyny Are “Alive and Well” | Democracy Now!
BARBARA RANSBY: Well, the Ramirez allegations have, as you know, just come out. And I’m not surprised, because often, there is a pattern of men who engage in this kind of behavior, which there are many. And there are others who participate in a kind of code of silence, who don’t think it’s a serious transgression and who either watch or hear about and don’t share that information with others.
But I’m not surprised that now we have two people making these kinds of allegations, and women who are sensitized to a set of feminist issues, women who are sensitized to the larger issue of sexual assault and sexual violence, who had the courage to come forward. I think that so many women experience sexual harassment and sexual violence on a continuum and choose to still to this day, in 2018, to keep quiet about it, because often the price is very high for speaking out.
AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to turn to Joe Biden, who many may not realize that the Senate Judiciary Committee of 1991, the Anita Hill hearing, was Democratic. It was chaired by a Democrat, yes? The former vice president—then Senate Judiciary Chair Joe Biden—questioning Anita Hill back in 1991.
SEN. JOE BIDEN: Can you tell the committee, what was the most embarrassing of all of the incidences that you have alleged?
ANITA HILL: I think the one that was the most embarrassing was his discussion of pornography involving these women with large breasts and engaged in a variety of sex with different people or animals. That was the thing that embarrassed me the most and made me feel the most humiliated.