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By Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner

For some in the news media, Brett Kavanaugh isn’t just an embattled nominee to the Supreme Court — he’s a national symbol in a battle of the sexes.

Ahead of Thursday’s scheduled Senate hearing for both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers, the nominee was being held up by journalists as an example of gender inequality.

“There’s no equivalent culture in which girls reap social capital for misbehaving,” liberal New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote Monday, referring to Kavanaugh’s reported involvement with some high school and college student groups that partied regularly with alcohol. “You rarely see women in politics or law who flaunt college reputations as party girls."

In the Washington Post, CNN contributor Sally Cohn hit Kavnaugh supporters who have criticized Ford and another woman who accused him of exposing himself to her when he was a freshman at Yale. On those who have dismissed the allegations, Cohn wrote that, “to see it otherwise is to ratify male entitlement, the notion that what men want and what they’re entitled to are the same thing. That is how much of our society operates: Men can keep bulldozing through life, misogyny fueling inevitability while evading accountability.”

After the New Yorker reported Sunday on Kavanaugh’s second accuser, liberal New York magazine columnist Jonathan Chait wrote that Kavanaugh “is a massive liability now for a party that is already heavily identified with the grossest and most predatory aspects of male sexual entitlement."

Kavanaugh has consistently denied the accusations, and neither woman has found witnesses to corroborate their accounts, which they say happened at separate parties where other people were present and alcohol was available.

But even without evidence of any wrongdoing, Kavanaugh’s nomination has become for some in the media a representation of the oppression of women.

“[T]he battle over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation leaves too many women with the sickening feeling that the nation’s highest court may soon seat not one, but two men accused of sexual crimes against females,” wrote Journalist Lynn Parramore, who comments on gender issues, on Monday for NBC News. “Men who have not only evaded punishment, but will wield vast powers over women’s bodies and lives for decades to come.”

At the liberal Salon website, politics writer Chauncey Devega said Kavanaugh’s nomination showed, “Once again, per America's tradition, culture and habit, elite white men are protected from the consequences of their behavior. Toxic white masculinity is encouraged in America.”

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