We’re old enough to remember having young children in the house during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and in those days a quick thumb on the mute button was a necessity.
Well, as far as we know, SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh has not been accused of rape (actually he was, but the accuser recanted), but we’re seeing all sorts of pieces about ’80s rape culture at private schools and in the movies. So, sure, it could have happened to the AP’s Jonathan Lemire:
Overheard at coffee shop: a boy, about 10, looking through today's New York Times, sees Kavanaugh story.
"Dad," he asks, "what's rape?"
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 1, 2018
Tell him to ask Bill Clinton.
— jen (@jenfar3) October 1, 2018
Was your response “it’s what Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby got arrested for?”
— J Last (@J_Joaq_Last) October 1, 2018
Oh man, kids are getting woke again.
"Son, it's something that you may be accused of doing when you're 7 years older, even though you're innocent."
— Craig ★ (@CraigGeis) October 1, 2018
My 5 year old son came over and sat on my lap this morning and took a drink of my coffee and asked 'Dad, am I going to have my life ruined by a crazy woman and a political party?'
I could do nothing but hold him as we sobbed.
— Mortis (@WitchyDruss) October 1, 2018
My 8 year old asked me just this morning, “Dad, why is Kavanaugh a heartless rape monster?”
Kidding. He asked if it was possible for a tornado to pick up tacos and if those tacos would then rain everywhere. Because he’s a normal kid and I’m not a huge liar. https://t.co/girLvqKZoX
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) October 1, 2018
I got that beat…
My 3 year old grandson asked me this weekend why it is that Judge Kavanaugh is being investigated and Hillary Clinton is not.
OK, it’s not.
He actually asked me to play choo choo trains with him.
But, both stories are close in comparison.
— NickZac11 (@NickZac111) October 1, 2018
I woke eight-year-old asked me "Dad, what's with all these news reports of men spending years of their lives locked in prison on false rape charges? How can that happen if women never lie? And isn't there some kind of process they would be due that would help prevent that?" https://t.co/FIbcv9e1Pm
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) October 1, 2018
This morning at a Starbucks, I witnessed a little girl look up from her Wall Street Journal and ask her mom: "why aren't more journalists talking about rock-ribbed American principles like due process and presumtion of innocence?" https://t.co/vD04IahF0w
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 1, 2018
And then everyone clapped.
— Kurt Nixon (@nixon_kurt) October 1, 2018
20 years ago, my 7 year old nephew asked me what a blowjob was and where, exactly, is the Oval Office
— Martini (@dimartini7) October 1, 2018
My five year old woke up this morning and said: "Daddy, why did Diane Feinstein withhold the Ford letter if what she wanted was an investigation into the truth AND to protect her privacy? Also, can I have Fruit Loops for breakfast?"
Woke kid, man.https://t.co/cbqR75EsNH
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) October 1, 2018
My 9 year old daughter was perusing Der Spiegel this morning and she looked up at me and said, "Was ist mit einem fairen Prozess?" The amazing thing is, I never knew she could read German let alone speak it.
— Austin Ruse (@austinruse) October 1, 2018
My 8 year old son asked if he needed to start wearing a body cam and keep calendars hence forth due to guilty until proven innocent…actually asked if he could get vbucks for Fortnite
— devildogmama (@BrayKbray747) October 1, 2018
Overheard during a sonogram today, the baby asked, "Why do they want to abort me so much?"
— The Quinntessential (@Quinntessence_) October 1, 2018
My golden, only 8 months, was watching the news when he suddenly looked up at me and asked "what is rape culture."
My chihuahua responded with "that you're trying to sell the idea of children asking important cultural questions is about as ridiculous and fake as dogs talking."
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 1, 2018
Overheard at Walmart: a girl, about 9, is looking at Chappaquiddick on the DVD display.
"Mommy, how come Teddy Kennedy left a woman to suffocate in a submerged car while he went to sober up and get his story straight, and liberal hacks still worship him as a hero?"
— Michael McNally (@notoserfdom) October 1, 2018
I heard an 8 year old ask his dad, "Dad, when did most of the reporters in the US become such liars, and why don't they get in trouble for lying?"
Not really, he asked him Sharknado could really happen because that would be awesome
— CraigWhitworth (@CraigRWhitworth) October 1, 2018
My 7 year old asked me today why white male hegemony is allowed to exist in a world where 6 billion people are of color. She is just sick about the pedagogy going on in her 1st grade class… her words not mine. The look on her face as she colors her big bird sheet is really sad
— sdclaycamp (@sean_claycamp) October 1, 2018
Overheard on a sidewalk: a German Shepherd puppy looking at today's New York Times, sees Kavanaugh story.
“Dad," he asks, "why do I pee outside when the Times is still in print?"
— 𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚑𝚒 𝚐𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚘 (@glockamoto) October 1, 2018
I overheard a girl, about 2, reading Tweets.
"Why do reporters make up stories to push progressive narratives?" https://t.co/IFDVfaURUi
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) October 1, 2018
Yup, Sounds like your every day all American 10-year-old to me. sitting in a coffee shop reading the New York Times before school.
— fecklessNateMan (@nateman79) October 1, 2018
A 10 year old who reads the New York Times and yet has not until today encountered the word "rape." Okay. Sure. https://t.co/wymRyFX9X1
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 1, 2018
This is exactly why my 10-year old only reads The Economist. https://t.co/LLFqsoW5nj
— Brad Brown (@rbradbrown) October 1, 2018
Same, except the boy is me, 37 instead of 10, the "dad" is my barista, and the question was "what size is Venti again? sorry, I know you told me Friday. And the Monday before that."
— Adam Sanders (@adamsanders) October 1, 2018
Why is this kid getting coffee and not at school? Why did you assume the kid’s gender?
— zach (@zakirksey) October 1, 2018
So weird. I had the exact same experience with my Jack Russell Terrier at Starbucks this morning. https://t.co/1QaNRuXyuI
— Vanessa Santos (@VanessaOblinger) October 1, 2018
Can you link the article that mentions rape? I did a quick scan of the Kavanaugh articles from today and the term I see is sexual assault. https://t.co/aDbXVPyxZr
— Jason Heard (@jheard15) October 1, 2018
I bet you just made this up. Be honest.
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) October 1, 2018
Yeah sure ….. That happened 😏
— Andrew (@DrewBTR) October 1, 2018
My 10-year-old came up to me today:
"Dad," he asked, "they're making up fake conversations with kids again, aren't they?"
"Yes, son," I answered, sadly. https://t.co/v0Nm1JqF72
— justturnright (@justturnright) October 1, 2018
Incredibly woke kid slams Republicans on Senate Judiciary as 'craven, hateful old bastards' https://t.co/BBKD9JOiou
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 22, 2018