Apparently Mr Walcott was involved in two sexual harrassment cases in the USA during the 1980s and 1990s. Given the political climate of feminist near-hysteria on campuses in the USA during the 1980s and 1990s, the accusation means nothing without corroborating evidence. It may well be that this man has been a serial victim of false accusations; once you have been accused, your reputation is tainted, so you are more likely to be accused again. It could be that Mr Walcott was falsely accused during the McCarthyist anti-male witch-hunt of the 1980s, and just to add insult to injury, those same false accusations are being used against him now in an attempt to deny him a job. We simply don't know.
What we do know is this:
- The feminist movement is actively encouraging the use of false accusations against men as a means of destroying men's lives.
- The rate of false accusations is now so high that any given accusation is not worth the paper it is written on.
- False accusers generally escape punishment.
- False accusations damage the interests of genuine victims.
What we also know is that 'Professor' Padel only got her job because she engaged in a sordid smear campaign against the only other candidate.
"It was reported that Ms Padel contacted at least two newspapers during the campaign for the post of Oxford professor of poetry, drawing attention to Mr Walcott’s past.
Mr Walcott, 79, withdrew from the race at what he called a ‘low and degrading attempt at character assassination’.
Labour peer Lord Bragg, who had backed Ms Padel, was said last night to have called for her resignation".
She should be fired at once, and subject to criminal investigation. I hope to see Mr Walcott suing her through the courts for defamation.
For further reading on the sexual harrassment hysteria on US campuses, see the following:
Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women, Christina Hoff Sommers, 1995
Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism, Daphne Patai, 2000
Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies, Daphne Patai & Noretta Koertge, 2003.
What Price Utopia?: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs, Daphne Patai, 2008.
Glenn Sacks interviews Daphne Patai MP3 format
Lynched by the Sisterhood Canadian academic Jeffrey Asher describes how he was persecuted by academic feminists for teaching a course representing men positively
Take Back the Campus: Top 10 Feminist Lies
Why Feminist Careerists Neutered Larry Summers
Unlike most religious fundamentalists, these feminists were pursuing a careerist, self-serving agenda. This cause can put money in their pockets.