Following a Kansas City Star report on Josh Hawley blaming the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s for sex trafficking, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board condemned Hawley as “either excessively naive or intentionally cynical.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley demonstrated recently why it’s so important to pay attention to political campaigns. During a speech to pastors in Kansas City, Hawley, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, blamed the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s for the human-trafficking industry. As if that wasn’t enough of a head-scratcher, his campaign reinforced that position when given an opportunity to clarify Hawley’s words.
…Hawley got his bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and his law degree from Yale. Perhaps he missed school the day they taught that the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910 made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. In other words, human trafficking existed long before the Sixties rolled around.
Maybe he missed other historical facts about sex slavery, such as the early American colonists who used force to procure wives, often capturing and enslaving Native American women. Or that African-American slaves were systematically raped by white men or forced to breed with other slaves. Or that poor European women were forced to migrate against their will to be wives to men in the United States.
Human trafficking long predated the sexual revolution, and Hawley is being either excessively naive or intentionally cynical when he says it didn’t.
…Hawley might be uncomfortable with such social changes, but the sexual revolution is not responsible for society’s demeaning treatment of women. If he truly wants to take on the morality challenge, he might start by declaring his rejection of President Donald Trump’s degrading remarks about women, or his reported bedding with a porn star.
Hawley met his wife while both were Supreme Court clerks. Maybe she can help enlighten him on the proper way to take a stand.