Assange in Lust

by A. Jay Adler on December 20, 2010
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We understand that both complainants admit to having initiated consensual sexual relations with Mr Assange. They do not complain of any physical injury. The first complainant did not make a complaint for six days (in which she hosted the respondent in her flat [actually her bed] and spoke in the warmest terms about him to her friends) until she discovered he had spent the night with the other complainant.

The second complainant, too, failed to complain for several days.

Just as tolerance, even rationalization, for Islamist ideology has created deep fissures on the left, though mostly at its fringe, so, too, has Wikileaks, though closer to its center. One divide is in the reaction to the sexual charges in Sweden. Julian Assange’s defense above – and we know defending attorneys will go for whatever might work – is striking in its complete rhetorical mirror of a traditional unenlightened assault on the woman’s psychological experience of sexual harassment and abuse. But it you read the account at the Guardian, from newly released material, you might be able to see the admiring female acolyte taken aback in classic non-assertive manner by the unexpected sexual assertiveness of her hero. For a few days, disturbed but uncertain, she goes along. But that delay is used against her. She said nothing at the time, we are told. What influenced her to make accusations later?

You can see in Assange’s reported behavior, a complete insensitivity – literally, a lack of awareness – of the woman’s experience. He lives entirely in the world of his own sexual drive and fantasy. He is completely surprised by any voicing by the woman of contrary feelings.

You can see it again here in this email record just released of the 31-year-old Assange’s almost entirely fantasized encounter with a 19-year-old. According to her account, uncontradicted by any of the emails, she never had any sexual or romantic interest in the older man. Assange, however, imagined an entirely different encounter and experience, and like a typical sexual boor pressed on long past the point where anyone who lived outside of his own ego would have seen the girl was not interested. Keep in mind as you read this last, suffused with egoism and sprinkled with class condescension, that all he ever did was kiss the girl once, after which she never wanted to see him again, or did.

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