Fred Thompson says females who observed her fame make sexual harassment accusations because they crave the limelight
Fred Thompson, the actor, former senator, and onetime presidential candidate, has written an article about the politics and policy of sexual harassment. "In typical fashion, Congress took a situation where women had no protection for legitimate grievances and created a solution rife with unintended consequences. Now businesses are regularly making payouts for the flimsiest of reasons," he wrote. That's a common perspective, and there is some truth to it.
"It's obvious" he continues, "that these alleged victims and their lawyers -- no matter what they may say publicly -- are champing at the bit to come forward for their day in the limelight and the inevitable book deal. Who can pass up being the new Anita Hill, who to this day periodically receives glowing newspaper profiles?"
That is nutty -- and not just because the vast majority of women would regard going through Anita Hill-style scrutiny with horror. (As Dave Weigel puts it, "My idea of frothy fun would be to make accusations of sexual harassment against a powerful person, become a notorious figure whose life and character came under microscopic examination, and then spend the rest of my life living in a legal system shaped by the man I accused.")