Friday, August 10, 2012

Lawsuit Against Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano

From the August 10, 2012 New York Daily News:

A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief.
That woman, Dora Schriro, was later appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as commissioner of the city Department of Correction, a post she still holds.
The court papers also allege that Suzanne Barr, Napolitano’s chief of staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has engaged in “numerous” acts of “sexually offensive behavior” intended to “humiliate and intimidate male employees.

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And then it gets more explicit.

The clear implication, however, is that Napolitano's anti-male biases reflect her preferences.  Napolitano has denied that she is a lesbian.  Looking at her style, I just can't imagine how anyone could wonder....

UPDATE: Debbie Schlussel apparently is who first broke this story.


  1. Credit Debbie Schlussel with this story, please.

  2. You don't see that many lesbians actually into male degradation. Lesbian dommes, even lesbian dommes that separate BDSM from sex, tend to still prefer acting on subs that meet their preferences, and those that do go outside of that look to emphasize the S/M or B side of things*. It happens, and obviously doesn't exclude bisexuality, but doesn't strike me as terribly common or common enough to assume a group of women degrading men to be lesbians. Schriro, at least, was also married to a man (and widowed). It strikes me as more akin to drunk frathouse or sorority sister behavior.

    Which really isn't any better.

    * Subs are different; there's a large set of gay male subs into being degraded by (usually straight) women, or vice versa.

  3. I make the default assumption that a sexual harassment suit is bogus, not because all such suits are bogus, but because many of them are, and are primarily attempts to hit the lottery.

    Yes, I agree that the BDSM thing doesn't explain this--but there is something that does. There is a very strong correlation between child sexual abuse and adult homosexuality, and especially in the most high risk behaviors subsets of gay men. Many of very public homosexuals have acknowledged growing up subject to such abuse--while often insisting that there was no connection to their adult sexual orientation. (I acknowledge that even if this explains much homosexuality, it may not explain all of it.)

    It certainly is not a particularly bizarre explanation that girls prematurely sexualized by a man might grow up with considerable animosity towards men, preventing any normal sexual relationship. It also explains why for many years, the San Francisco gay Democratic clubs were divided by sex. The lesbians and the gay men could not work together. I understand that they are now able to do so--but talk about an odd division.