If there’s something Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t have a problem admitting, it’s that he really likes beer. He’s been dishonest about the extent of his appreciation, but at least we can all agree on that one fact. His relationship to alcohol—and his subsequent lies about it—makes me believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Julie Swetnick, and Deborah Ramirez even more.
About half of all sexual assaults involve at least one of the parties having consumed alcohol. Research shows a marked link between sexual assault perpetration by men and their relationship to alcohol. In a study by researchers at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the authors argue that some “personality traits, attitudes, and past experiences have been systematically linked to sexual assault perpetration, including beliefs about alcohol and heavy drinking.”
It turns out that there’s a link between men who are heavy drinkers and men who sexually assault women. If fact, many men drink to excess with the explicit intention to be sexually aggressive towards women. When taking all of this into account, I could easily see Kavanaugh being one of those types. Some of the traits and characteristics the researchers list definitely make me believe that Kavanaugh is absolutely someone who could have sexually assaulted someone.
Here are the characteristics they list:
It’s worth saying that there are many men who may have any of these characteristics and have never committed and will never commit sexual assault. However, the circumstances around Brett Kavanaugh are very rare. Men are more likely to be sexually assaulted than to be reported for doing it. Having so many people say he committed sexual abuse is not common, no matter what Mr. Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief may tell us.
I have never met Brett Kavanaugh and thus can’t personally attest to whether he has these traits. However, what we know from his public persona gives us a lot of fodder. Here’s what stands out to me.
Impulsive, low in empathy, poor social skills
Impulsivity: Judge Kavanaugh has a penchant for gambling. I have no idea if he has a gambling disorder, but research shows it has a relationship to impulsivity.
Low empathy: Rich people have less empathy. Trump supporters—and Republicans overall—have less empathy. Oh, and men tend to be less empathetic, too. Between that and his pretty cruel, partisan rulings as a judge, I would say he isn’t high up in the empathy department.
Poor social skills: It shouldn’t take a genius to know you don’t turn your back on a father of murdered children.
Supports traditional gender roles, holds hostility toward women
Believes in traditional gender roles: Kavanaugh is “pro-life” and a staunch Republican. Considering how the GOP is pretty much the party of trying to keep us adhering to oppressive gender roles, I think it’s a safe bet to say he fits this.
Hostility towards women: His willingness to force women to carry pregnancies to term against their will is a BIG RED FLAG. However, I will never forget reading about Kavanaugh’s boiling hatred for Hillary Clinton that triggered a “Bitch!” to come out of his mouth.
Peers who support sexually aggressive behavior—and may even do it, too.
Supportive peers: Treating women badly seems to have been a bonding activity for the adolescent Kavanaugh. Add up lying about his sexual experience, Dr. Ford placing Mark Judge in the room during the assault she accuses Kavanaugh of carrying out, and reports of gang-rape parties, and that pretty much says it all.
And this is all just from information that’s appeared during his short time in the limelight.
Rape apologists love to pretend the only way to decide whether an assault happened or not is to believe one of two sides. The truth is that if we look at the whole picture and notice just how rare—and dangerous—the behavior of men like Brett Kavanaugh is, we can form reasonable opinions. This isn’t to say we have proof that he did it, but it’s definitely evidence to be taken into account when someone reports abuse.