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Cindy Adams, Asshole of the Week Winner, Childhood Victim of Sexual Assault By Doctor Tells Other Victims To “Just Deal With It”

April 27, 2010

Ever heard of Stockholm Syndrome Cindy Adams?  Read any of the recent news reports of doctors who sexually assault patients?  Read any of the news lately about the Catholic Church and its rampant sexual assault issues?  Read anything at all lately, Cindy Adams?  Seems not based on your editorial telling other victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault to “just deal with it:”

Adams wrote that a doctor touched her inappropriately when she was 10 and a theatrical agent came onto her during a voice test when she was 16, and she never mentioned either incident to anyone.

“In whichever way we chose, we dealt with it,” she writes. “Calling a lawyer to say, ‘I’m suing because this guy laid his hands on me’? Oh, please, if that’s his only part he laid on you, get some nail extensions and inform Larry Lothario next time you’ll rake him like the leaves.
Deal with it.”

The New York Post, where Adams has written since 1981, was recently sued by former editor Sandra Guzman, who alleged that she was sexually harassed while at the newspaper. Guzman claims that Post editor Col Allan once showed a group of female employees pictures of his penis and once inappropriately rubbed up against a female employee. Guzman also claimed in the lawsuit that she herself was on the receiving end of misogynistic behavior, and that the newspaper fostered an environment that was offensive to women.

So, instead of reporting information like sexual assault, women should resort to threats of physical violence and hope they don’t get fired, hurt, or reported for violence?  Why don’t you just blame the victim?  Or hey, Cindy, why didn’t you tell anyone when your own doctor molested you as a child?  Doctors don’t “touch inappropriately” when it comes to patient care–that’s called abuse, and in your case, child sexual abuse.  But for a columnist, Cindy Adams cares little for facts or for laws protecting women, comparing a whistle from construction workers with sexual harassment (which you should note she frees construction workers’ responsibility because the woman in her scenario is wearing something tight):

Today sexual harassment’s against the law. But everything except crooked politicians and thieving bankers seems against the law. Three hardhat construction guys whistling at a girl whose dress is too low, too tight, too short could suddenly find themselves in Solitary Confinement. Our mayor outlaws whatever he doesn’t do. So, no smoking. No sugar, no salt, no carbs, no fats. One day he’ll declare sex is verboten. Until then — deal with it.

So now Cindy Adams blames the woman for her dress, takes a rather strange potshot at the mayor, and then launches into a bizarre dialog with herself about the “evil” nature of Mel Gibson, comparing him to an international terrorist:

In my kindly benevolent limited view he’s the lowest in human life — except for bin Laden. I speak not of his headlined drunken tirade against Jews, which naturally was quickly followed by the “Some of my best friends are Jews” speech, because even in a stupor he knew Hollywood is not a predominantly Catholic town and most studios are not run by Presbyterians.

I speak of a man with a loyal devoted wife of nearly 30 years, who stuck by him when he was nothing, when he had nothing, and with whom he had seven children — and whom he dumped by the side of the road like you do a used sofa.

The dump was because he found firmer flesh.

All in one fell swoop, Cindy Adams attacks other women, admits to be the victim of child sexual abuse by her doctor, defends her own weird conduct and compares Gibson and bin Laden.  Sounds like Ms. Adams is the one who doesn’t deserve the term, and I use it very loosely in her case, writing gig, and should retire to greener pastures where she and her aging sexuality can be harassed to their hearts content but leave us younger prettier women to do the real work.  Ms. Cindy Adams, you are the proud owner of this week’s Asshole Business Award of the week.  Congrats.

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