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Reviews |  The Depp-Heard lawsuit isn’t even the weirdest thing about America right now


Brett: Yes and yes.

Gael: But when it comes to issues of physical abuse, a woman deserves immediate attention, in part simply out of concern for her safety. And because we are trying to reverse a long human history in which violence against a sexual partner was not considered as serious as violence against anyone else.

Brett: Okay again, but while Heard accused Depp of being violent, she also said on the stand that “It’s always been my own testimony that I hit Johnny.” I think the case is a reminder that the current politicized view of relationships – in which men still hold all the power, including physical power; women are generally presumed to be the victim party, as well as the honest party; and romantic relationships are meant to follow the precepts of a legal case, not the alchemy of desire – just don’t conform to the way most people live life.

Gael: If our readers want to dig deeper into this, I highly recommend our colleague Michelle Goldberg’s Heard-Depp column from last week.

Brett: Michelle eloquently expresses the exact opposite of my point of view.

Gael: Speaking of eloquence, what about the primaries that just took place? The great debate in Pennsylvania for the Republican Senate nomination, featuring Dr. Oz versus Business Guy, is still unresolved. Which must be a plus for the Democratic candidate, John Fetterman. Opinions on this race?

Brett: I suspect Fetterman will struggle to win in November. He is on the left side of a Democratic party that is struggling to overcome the perception that he leaned too left in Biden’s freshman year. Of course, Oz and David McCormick, his closest opponent, could still tear the Pennsylvania GOP to pieces by battling for the nearly 1,000 votes that separated them in last week’s primary. The older I get, the more I realize that winning in politics is mostly about being a little less stupid than your opponent.

Gael: Embarrassing to look across the country and see previously sane Republicans who now feel compelled to deny that Biden won the election.

Brett: These Republicans are not sane, but I understand your point.

Gael: Fetterman is too colorful for my taste, constantly showing up in shorts for public events and bragging about his tattoos. But his policy is perfectly reasonable, and I think he has a real shot.

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