Brett Kavanaugh’s friend — and according to Christine Blasey Ford, alleged accomplice — Mark Judge has claimed that he never saw the Supreme Court nominee act in the way Ford described in her sexual assault account.
But as laid out by The Cut, Judge’s publicly expressed views on women, masculinity and sexuality leave ample room to question his overall take on sexual assault.
On the beauty of “uncontrollable male passion”
> In a favorable review of the publisher Hard Case Crime, which Judge praises for “[reinvigorating] the idea that male passion is good and beautiful,” he bemoaned social justice warriors who conflate sexual assault and what he believes to be “beautiful” displays of male sexual energy.
> “There’s also that ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her,” he wrote. “And if that man is any kind of man, he’ll allow himself the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion.”
On the way women dress
> In a piece from 2017, Judge wrote that “what women wear and their body language also send signals about their sexuality.” While he also explicitly wrote several times in one paragraph that women shouldn’t be raped, he followed each statement with a hard “but.”
> “… Women who dress like prostitutes are also sending out signals,” he wrote. “The signal is not that they should be raped. But if a posture while drinking coffee is indicative of the soul and personality within, than so is marching down the street in your underwear.”
On men being the “boss”
> In an article “Barack Obama: The First Female President” on the Daily Caller, Judge wax poetic for the days when the First Lady wasn’t “more man than her husband.
> “Oh for the days when president George W. Bush gave his wife Laura a loving but firm pat on the backside in public,” he wrote. “The man knew who was boss.”