The New York Times has surveyed teenagers across the country about the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault when he was a teenager.
“We need to send a message that people should respect men and women,” said Amy Zhou, a 17-year-old high school senior from Scottsdale, Arizona. “Kavanaugh’s going to be upholding the supreme law of the land, so obviously he’s supposed to embody that principle.”
The newspaper conducted interviews with teenagers across the country, many of whom expressed concern and dismay that adults would dismiss the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford, whose story is very recognizable to them.
“When a girl has come to school after a weekend party and says someone made her feel uncomfortable, she’s called a drama queen,” said Brennan Leach, a 17-year-old senior from Wayne, Pennsylvania. “People would say she’s fabricating stories for attention. The language being used by a lot of Republicans is eerily similar to the way boys sound in high school.”
“Boys will learn that what you do in high school won’t affect your future at all, so go do the damage you need to do now,” said 17-year-old Maycee Wieczorek of Rapid City, South Dakota.
“A boy is figuring out how to be a man, but girls are told, ‘You better shape up in order to be respected,’” she continued, noting that girls at her school are frequently given detention for wearing “distracting” clothing, but not boys.
“It’s telling girls you exist as an object for someone else’s attention, rather than you’re here to learn and that your education is important,” she said.
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