The timing is weird -- OJ Simpson's book "If I Did It: Confessions of a Killer" and Clarence Thomas' memoir, "My Grandfather's Son" are both being released quite near to each other. Most interestingly is how the two middle-aged men try to "vindicate" themselves and their reputations by blaming women.
I have not read the books, but the applicable excerpts I have read. Also, I do not want to equate what OJ did to what a standing Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, did. But both writers' engraving of their righteous (self-righteous?) anger take on similar enunciations. Thomas:
Then, the OJ:
Addressing his new book, “My Grandfather’s Son," Hill, a Brandeis sociology professor currently in residence at Wellesley, writes, "I will not stand by silently and allow him, in his anger, to reinvent me."
"Justice Thomas offers a litany of unsubstantiated representations and outright smears that Republican senators made about me when I testified before the Judiciary Committee — that I was a “combative left-winger” who was “touchy” and prone to overreacting to “slights,” she says.
In particular, Simpson blames Nicole for his problems. He says: "All her friends will confirm that I have been totally loving . . . ." (He began the letter by claiming, "If we had a problem, it's because I loved her so much.")
Most chillingly, Simpson asserts, "At times I have felt like a battered husband or boyfriend." Is this sense of injury an all-purpose excuse?
As your self-admitted bleeding-heart liberal, I feel amiss discussing OJ and Clarence Thomas together. OJ was definitely violence; Thomas was surely inappropriate, vulgar, and demeaning and created an unsafe workplace -- two vastly different situations.
I will offer a third example: a close colleague of mine was in a threatening work situation the boss punched a door and said, "Your office looks like shit."
All are examples of men acting inappropriately and failing to take responsibility, instead choosing to blame the woman. It's a bad cycle. Don't do it.