Email #47, Subject: “grabbing a woman by her genitals”?

When asked if “grabbing a woman by her genitals without consent” would be sexual assault, future attorney general Senator Sessions answered: “Certainly it would be.”  As you of course know President Trump was recorded bragging that he committed sexual assault in 2005. Over one dozen complainants came forward during his campaign to accuse him of other incidents of assault. Do you believe any of these accusations are true? Do you believe the President fabricated his own account? If President Trump is an assaulter, he is not the first in the White House. There are documents accusing President Kennedy of identical behavior. May I assume we agree that it was criminal behavior then, and that it is criminal behavior now? As Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, what are you doing in response to this array of accusations and evidence? May I trust that you consider sexual assault an impeachable offense?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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