Camille Cosby’s Dismissal of Victims Shows True Feminism

Bill Cosby has finally admitted that he got drugs to give women before he had sex with them. For those of you keeping score at home, nearly forty women claimed to be victims of the once beloved comedian.  The saga is heartwrenching, but it’s also an interesting study of the limits of feminism’s market on compassion when it comes to sexual assault victims.

Cosby’s wife, Camille, has always been a strong, powerful, and beautiful woman.

In fact, Bill based the character of Clair Huxtable on his elegant, real-life wife. Oprah breathlessly described her by writing, “You don’t just meet Camille Cosby—you experience her. She exudes the kind of splendor attendant with royalty. Even hearing her name—Dr. Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby—makes you think, I want to be like that.”

Camille is also a self-described feminist who once called for major religions to quit referring to God as male or else women will never have their rightful place in society.

The question has to be asked.  Did Camille know about Bill’s abuse? Now, even reporters have admitted they were aware of the claims against him; an NBC staffer who worked where the Cosby Show was filmed made monthly payments to several women on behalf of the star; and Cosby’s biographer admitted he didn’t pursue the rape allegations that he heard while writing the book. It seems he has been assaulting women since at least 1969, so it seems that Camille must have heard something.

Wives of disgraced politicians are frequently humiliated by standing silently behind their husbands as they apologize for whatever indiscretion they committed. But Cosby wasn’t “hiking the Appalachian Trail.”  His offenses are violent, horrific crimes.

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Yet Cosby used his marriage to Camille as a talisman against the accusations. After the allegations were made public, he went to The Atlantis Bahamas and said, “Camille and I have been married for 50 years.” He held up his hand so the sold-out crowd could check out his wedding band.

They clapped in approval.

In December, Camille’s voice was finally heard.  She wrote that she continues to love her husband, whom she described as “a kind man, a generous man, a funny man and a wonderful husband, father and friend.”  She ended her letter with:

“None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim. But the question should be asked — who is the victim?”

Wait just a minute…. Feminism 101 says that questioning a victim of sexual abuse is utterly taboo because it discourages women from coming forward.  Questioning the victims is a tool of the patriarchy to keep women down.  See this tweet from Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois:

“If someone calls you, texts you or comes to your room and tells u they are a victim, I want u 2 believe them” #ItsOnILLINOIS

Yet… Camille stood behind her husband while he dismissed these rape claims with a wave of his wedding-ring clad hand, defending a man who might be America’s most famous serial rapist.  Bill was so pleased his wife defending him that he told the New York Post he attributed her support to  “love and the strength of womanhood.”

RELATED: CAMILLE COSBY — “I DON’T BELIEVE IN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”

Feminists should shudder at the thought that one of their own high profile members, Camille Cosby’s support of a possible serial rapist was described as “the strength of womanhood.”

This just goes to show that Camille Cosby’s feminism has never really been about the best interests of women after all.

None of it ever is.

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  • LindaMC

    I’m flabbergasted at her opprobrious attitude.

  • Badgers

    “Feminists should shudder at the thought that one of their own high profile members, Camille Cosby’s support of a possible serial rapist was described as “the strength of womanhood.” ,

    Well guess what Nancy….. Feminists do shudder at that.

    Furthermore, you took the cheap and easy road here. Look at the case of Camille more honestly and intently and perhaps you will see hers is not the voice of feminism but something else. To help you, here are two articles you should read:

    http://feministcurrent.com/10149/an-open-letter-to-dr-camille-cosby/

    http://www.forharriet.com/2014/12/a-reflection-on-love-and-feminism-on.html#axzz3fDSvPeCj

  • Badgers

    Linda, me too. But I think the articles above help explain it.

  • LindaMC

    Yes it does Badgers, but it doesn’t excuse her. He should be castrated and be in jail for the rest of his life.

  • psychodrama

    Wasn’t that long ago people like you (right wing nuts) were trashing the women and callling them liars in defense of Bill Cosby. NOW you speak up. Shame on you.

  • Hurmann

    I totally agree. It does not excuse her.

  • Um.. I never did that…

  • Badgers

    You’re right Linda that it’s no excuse. And it’s also NOT the voice of feminism , despite what Namcy French falsely claims.

  • RustbeltRick

    I suppose you could slap an alternate headline on this piece and change a few sentences and position this as “Conservative Icon Bill Cosby and Wife Dismiss the Victims of Rape.” I mean, since we’re taking a horrific story and trying to score cheap political points, why not?

  • Jeanne Desy

    I have to join in, because it never occurred to me that my second husband might be assaulting my daughter until I recalled my own sexual abuse. That was after my father died, so the taboo was lifted. My own abuse was horrific, and damaged me greatly, yet I had suppressed it – rather, my father had. So I believe it’s possible that Camille, who seems to have a very strong conditioned personality, might find it inconceivable to believe her equally strong husband would do such things. If so, she’s a victim too.

  • Master_Race_Card

    So you’re dismissing all feminism b/c this wife defended her husband of a Christian “traditional marriage” for so long??? You are completely batshit crazy stupid!

  • JessieJones

    People are often in complete denial about their loved ones, just look at the Duggar family. Refusing to believe that your spouse is capable of horrific acts is very different from not believing the victims of sexual assault in general. Denial has little to do with Feminism–although that is a very general word that is open to much personal interpretation. These are 2 different issues.

  • Badgers

    Nancy is known for twisting all kinds of stuff. She even tries to claim that feminists have no problem with Camille’s stance on this.

    I think it’s something worse than stupid here .

  • Tracy Stewart

    How about we all stop lumping everyone into little categories (politically, sexually, or race-wise). People are as individual as their situations. This isn’t about what groups the Cosbys belong to. Everyone is getting wrapped up in their own agendas and forgetting what’s really important. This is a woman who is in denial about what her husband of so many years did in the past. She simply can’t believe it’s true. We can all identify with that on some level. But the point is, it’s pretty clear by now that at least some of these victims are telling the truth. And that’s just sad. However, it doesn’t make Mrs. Cosby a bad person, or wishy-washy in her beliefs, just because she can’t wrap her mind around this being real. It makes her HUMAN. Now there’s a category we can all fit into…

  • Tracy Stewart

    Just throwing this out there… How about we all stop lumping everyone into little categories (politically, sexually, or race-wise). People are as individual as their situations. This isn’t about what groups the Cosbys belong to. Everyone is getting wrapped up in their own agendas and forgetting what’s really important. This is a woman who is in denial about what her husband of so many years did in the past. She simply can’t believe it’s true. We can all identify with that on some level. But the point is, it’s pretty clear by now that at least some of these victims are telling the truth. And that’s just sad. However, it doesn’t make Mrs. Cosby a bad person, or wishy-washy in her beliefs, just because she can’t wrap her mind around this being real. It makes her HUMAN. Now there’s a category we can all fit into!

  • Mike

    She is just as bad as that freak then. I wouldn’t doubt if she does the same thing, or joins him. It’s Gotta be a hollywood thing. Oprah applauded her? Yep. that means a lot. Not.

  • ArtemisRose

    What does this ridiculous statement actually mean?
    “Camille Cosby’s Dismissal of Victims Shows True Feminism” Is this a joke? Satire?

  • ArtemisRose

    Camille Cosby is a soulless co-conspirator! Camille Cosby is just as guilty as Bill Cosby who drugged and raped all the women! Camille Cosby enabled her vile husband by standing by her man (I want to vomit). Had she been a woman of integrity, she would never ever stood by as Cosby continued to drug and rape women over decades, not days.
    Camille Cosby did nothing to stop her soulless sociopathic serial rapist husband from raping women, instead she made it possible for Cosby to continue!

  • ArtemisRose

    Oprah kisses misogynist’s A**es, now she’s included serial rapists.

  • ArtemisRose

    Sorry Tracy, but you are in denial!!! Camille Cosby would have to be braindead to ignore the ongoing never ending facts and the huge settlements made to shut up victims.

  • Tracy Stewart

    Why would I be in denial? lol My husband didn’t just do these things. Do you think she’s just lying and she really believes he did it, then? Either you’re saying she’s a liar and a piece of crap or an idiot. And even brain dead idiots can be in denial. No one is saying he’s innocent. Calm down. Of course he isn’t. All I’m saying is that she’s having a hard time believing it because she’s been with the man for sooooo long. Maybe she’s never seen that side of him (why would she have?) and she just can’t believe it. I’m willing to believe she just can’t wrap her mind around it. This happens in abuse cases all the time. The men can seem perfectly normal at home and be total creeps away from the wifey. Almost like split personalities. Happens with serial killers, too. People never see it coming. I don’t understand how that makes ME seem like I’m in denial. I KNOW he did it. o_O

  • Ambaa

    Ugh. I was always reluctant to describe myself as a feminist because it has some very negative connotations. But my husband is a staunch feminist and he taught me so much about what it is and what it can be.

    I mean, we all make mistakes and have contradictions and none of us represent womanhood perfectly.

    But I came to see myself as a feminist when it was described to me as being simply the idea that women are human beings.

  • I can buy that definition!