November 15, 2017
PORN IS THE MISSING PIECE IN THE LOUIS C.K. STORY
Sexual assault and harassment claims are reaching a fever pitch in major news outlets. In the latest batch, there was Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein, then actor Kevin Spacey, and, most recently, comedian Louis C.K.
As with all sexual scandals, bringing these predators’ behavior to light began with allegations from victims. “Anyone can make allegations,” some used to say, but when the details of many allegations coming from different sources match, one can’t help but see trends that make for some pretty convincing evidence, at least in the court of popular opinion. Multiple accusers of Bill Cosby said they were incapacitated by sedatives, for instance. Eventually, such trends become impossible to ignore.
For Louis C.K., certain trends stand out as well. As the New York Times revealed this past week, and Louis C.K. has since admitted, the women who came forward accusing him of sexual misbehavior all shared accounts that aligned in one strange way: he asked them if he could masturbate in front of them, or he initiated such behavior without asking. One such woman was Rebecca Corry. In 2015, many years after the incident, C.K. called Corry to apologize, indicating, he “used to misread people.” Similarly, in his remarks to the Times, C.K. indicated he “misread her signals.” This upset Corry, according to Vox, because it “implied she had done something to invite his behavior.”
I can understand Corry’s being appalled at hearing an insinuation that she sent some kind of signal to initiate a sexual request when she didn’t. But sadly, there’s another possible explanation for how Louis C.K. could have misread Corry—and countless other women—without their sending any signals at all. The explanation for this could be, quite simply, the frequent consumption of porn. Continue reading at The Public Discourse.