Margaret Atwood: #MeToo Witch Hunt

Posted: January 18, 2018 in -
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Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

She raised the possibility that the answer could leave women divided. “In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn’t puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated.”

…She likened the affair to the Salem witch trials, in that guilt was assumed of those who were accused. This idea of guilt by accusation had at times been used to usher in a better world or justify new forms of oppression, she wrote. “But understandable and temporary vigilante justice can morph into a culturally solidified lynch-mob habit, in which the available mode of justice is thrown out the window, and extralegal power structures are put into place and maintained.”

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  1. I have long advocated that English-speaking countries adopt the inquisatorial legal system they use in the rest of the world. The adversarial legal system – in which the side that presents the best case always wins – has never worked for victims, perpetrators or justice in general. I’m surprised Atwood isn’t aware of the inquisatorial legal system they use in most of Europe.

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