I have a lot of snarky things to say about why Ginny Thomas might have made her rather odd phone call to Anita Hill's voicemail last weekend, but none of them would advance the conversation.
But I remember that Anita Hill testimony in 1987. And what rings in my mind is this thought: "She had nothing to gain from that." Anita Hill's life was only made hard by the disgusting experience of recounting her disgusting encounters with Thomas.
Sexual harrassment and discrimination may be much more covert these days, but, oh, they are still there. Don't you think they are not. It's easy for a current generation to brush aside what the previous one went through. But we must never, ever forget.
Here's a little postcard that I keep a stack of in my desk. I used to see lots of students for advising, and sometimes when they asked about my diplomas, I'd explain that I had a Master's in Literature, with a concentration in French Feminist critical theory. The girls would almost always screw up their faces and say, "Well, I'M not a FEMINIST." And so I'd give them a copy of the postcard to take with them and ponder. No comment, just, "You might want to read this.?