Under the Black Flag

Harvey and Teddy

I was walking up Madison Avenue when I spotted two comely young women having tea at a sidewalk café.  It was a couple of days after the scandal, so I stopped and introduced myself as Harvey Weinstein and asked them if they wanted a drink back at my place.  Both roared with laughter.  This is the good news; it shows there are at least two members of the fairer sex in the Big Bagel that retain their sense of humor.

And as I wrote in the Spectator, it seems the only woman who has not accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or rape is Mata Hari, and that is so because she was executed for espionage by the French one hundred years ago this month.  (Poor Mata, she was no spy; she hooked a bit on the side with German diplomats, c’est tout.)

Mind you, the problem is age old.  The strong have always bullied the weak, and men since time immemorial have used their position to intimidate women sexually.  When I say men, I certainly don’t mean gentlemen.  The one gent I’m most familiar with is yours truly.  I have pursued the weaker sex maniacally all my life, but I don’t think I have ever intimidated a lady—or a nonlady, for that matter—and never will.  It all has to do with education.  I was taught early on that women are to be respected, that they are not targets but mothers, sisters, lovers, and wives.  Ironically,...

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