I remember being intensely interested in this case when I was in graduate school, as someone who’s experienced sexual harassment. For years my Honda had an “I believe Anita Hill” bumper sticker.

Ms. Hill has an editorial in the NYTimes about Thomas’s new memoir which makes for great reading:  The smear this time
This part is oh, so painfully true:

“Regrettably, since 1991, I have repeatedly seen this kind of character attack on women and men who complain of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. In efforts to assail their accusers’ credibility, detractors routinely diminish people’s professional contributions. Often the accused is a supervisor, in a position to describe the complaining employee’s work as “mediocre” or the employee as incompetent. Those accused of inappropriate behavior also often portray the individuals who complain as bizarre caricatures of themselves — oversensitive, even fanatical, and often immoral — even though they enjoy good and productive working relationships with their colleagues.

Also see: Cornel West on PBS discussing media coverage of Thomas’ book

Very interesting.

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