Perhaps Herschel Walker actually does not remember paying for that abortion

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Republican Senate candidate and “pro-life” “family man” Herschel Walker allegedly paid for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion, we learned earlier this week. After he claimed not even to know who the woman was, or to remember her, she spoke out again, This time, she reminds Walker that he literally has a child with her. In the new interview, the woman also dropped this thought-provoking little nugget about Walker’s response: “Sure, I was stunned, but I also don’t think it shocks me that there might be so many of us that he really does.” I don’t remember,’ she said. “But if he really forgot, that says something too.”

That quote went through my head and made me think of all the other famous men who said they don’t remember the women who accused them of abusing, cheating, or anything else. Since the Republicans trip over each other to compare the reports ‘attacking’ Walker over alleged sexual assault charges against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former President Donald Trump card— who both claimed not to know or remember the women they accused — I see another similarity: “Not remembering the women they accused” is a pretty one Narrative denial because even if the accused famous man is real Not remember the woman who wI would just talk to how many Miscellaneous women he harmed. Are you lying or did you? not that one even register on your Radar? Is one better than the other?

Often enough for women the most traumatic experience of our lives really could be something the male abuser doesn’t even remember the next day — sometimes due to excessive drinking, or sometimes because the interaction or assault was normal, casual, or just unimportant to him. According to Christine Blasey Fords Transcript, when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her and attempted to rape her, he was almost drunk; per Amber Heards TranscriptDepp’s violent episodes often took place while he was being poundedto.

The matter applies to sexual assault just as it does to paying for someone to have an abortion – the common thread is, I don’t even remember touching you. EAside from alcohol’s effects on memory, some men engage in gender-based violence and harassment fairly casually. Men on the street, telling me to smile or asking where I’m going, and running after me when I pass, seem to be stalking and whistling almost in their sleep as an afterthought, as a reflex. A single male street harasser could harass and stalk dozens, maybe hundreds, of women on any given day — we’ll never know, and neither will they likely. You don’t even think about it; They probably couldn’t identify any of the women who molested them in a police lineup today. But being snapped at and stalked by a stranger can be a terrifying, even traumatic and panic-inducing experience for a woman, especially if you have survived prior sexual violence.

During my freshman year at the University of Southern California, a man fondled my breasts and crotch at a fraternity party while throwing up in a trash can. AAlmost every friend I’ve made in college has survived some form of sexual violence. A few years later, in 2021, dozens of USC students were talking about being drugged and assaulted at frat parties. sexual misconduct is widespread at colleges across the country – but on the worst night in the lives of some young women, there’s really no telling how many canopied drinks were served, how many women were assaulted. I bet a lot of male abusers can’t remember a single face from the women who drugged and assaulted them. It meant nothing to them. That doesn’t mean the assaults didn’t happen.

walker was charged injuring and threatening to kill several former romantic partners, including the mother of one of his sons, as well as her son Christian too. The woman who spoke to him Daily Beast was clearly one of many women in Walker’s life (he has children with three other women) and, as she implied, she may not even have been the only one Walker paid for to have an abortion.

Abortion can be either an extremely easy decision for a pregnant woman or an extremely difficult one – no one has exactly the same abortion experience. But no matter how easy it is made, the decision to have a child or not changes the course of your life. If Walker and the woman are both telling the truth, and he paid for her abortion and just doesn’t remember it, the decision seems like a small moment in his life. He had the money and resources to make it simple and easy and sweep it under the rug; He had the male privilege of not carrying to term and giving birth. At a time when abortion is banned in about a dozen states, Walker’s lack of memory is a walking metaphor: Walker, who wants to ban all abortion, will never face the consequences of his own actions, so why bother to remember her?

The abortion of his ex-girlfriend, the downfall Roe v. calf– these events changed our lives as women. Maybe Men like Walker, Trump and Kavanaugh are all in lying; or maybe something happened was just another thursday for them. Perhaps Herschel Walker actually does not remember paying for that abortion

Adam Bradshaw

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