Victim Blaming on “Women For Herman Cain”

Have you ventured to Herman Cain’s website as of late? If you’re a woman, please do because there’s a special section just for you.

GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain has a website with a very special section just for “Women For Herman Cain“. It’s a nice shade of lavender and uses some vaguely frilly cursive font to spell out “Women.” Scroll down for testimonials from presumably real women across America proclaiming their support for Cain. Suffice to say Cain’s presidential run has had some “women problems” due to the countless allegations of sexual harassment against him, and this portion of his site represents a very transparent move on his PR team’s part to rectify that.

I don’t deny nor am I surprised that Cain has female supporters, despite the accusations against him. Interestingly though this section of site has become a playground for his supporters to not just deny these allegations but actively deride the women who’ve come forward to accuse Cain. As reported by Talking Points Memo, some of Cain’s supporters have very strong words for his alleged victims:

“Dear Mrs. Cain, don’t pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages,” a supporter from California writes. “These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one. They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, ‘Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.’ We want you to be our First Lady Mrs. Cain!”

Another post, by a supporter in Georgia, laments how “now because of scheming women that can be swayed by money, attention or whatever else the reason may be, your reputation is at stake – not theirs as it should be. I do not believe these women are victims…I believe you are.”

These are not the only kind of posts that appear on the site; many do not address the harassment allegations at all. These do however represent a very common backlash women in particular may receive in speaking out against sexual harassment. These women face the burden of proof lest they wish to be labeled as crazy or unstable and attention-seeking. The role of victim is afforded to the accused, and the actual victims are vilified. In seeing this, one has to wonder how many more women Cain has harassed who are simply too afraid to speak out.

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