I read this and thought it was a hoax or satire. Surely no one could be so ignorant and insensitive... Certainly not the man who is more famous for his "Bueller, Bueller" line than for anything he did for the Nixon administration.
My outrage with this piece has little to do about the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. I will admit that I was not familiar with his name until this weekend when it was mentioned alongside the assault charges brought against him. I will also admit that it is correct to refer to Dominique Strauss-Kahn as "the accused" until proven otherwise.
However, sexual assault is a crime and the accused must be treated the same way an accused thief or murderer would be treated. At this point, I do not know if Mr. Strauss-Kahn is guilty, but the charges against him must be taken seriously until it is proven otherwise. It does not matter "what type of woman" the chambermaid is - whether she is a prostitute, a homemaker, a minimum wage earner, a CEO or a nun. The criminality of rape and assault is not determined by the character of the victim anymore than the degree of murder is determined by the friendliness of the deceased.
I agree with Mr. Stein that "People who commit crimes are criminals" however, Mr. Stein seems to believe that being a criminal is synonymous with being a convicted criminal. Unfortunately many sex offenders (criminals) are never tried due to the low report rate of sex crimes. The few women who do report these crimes have a tremendous amount of courage. If your house is broken into, a police officer may ask if there were any unsecured entrances but rarely will you be asked why you buy things that are attractive to thiefs or why you sleep with a window open on a warm night Meanwhile, a woman who is assaulted will be asked to defend her choice of dress, posture, drink, relationship philosophy, the route she takes home, how late she stays out . . .
How it is still considered acceptable blame the victim for crimes of rape and assume that "people like us" or other elites are never guilty of rape. In Point #2 Ben Stein asks "Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes?" While I have not done the research on economists, I do unfortunately know of people who now hold respectable jobs that while never convicted of sex crimes are no less guilty than those who have been convicted.
Thanks MadPoet for the picture!