While image isn’t really everything, it certainly appears so when it’s all people are allowed to see. What follows is a list of 10 individuals who have Dr. Jekyll images that obscure a Mr. Hyde reality.
1. Alice Walker
While The Color Purple author and feminist icon masquerades as a champion of women, the woman she should have cared about most in her life, her own daughter, Rebecca, she viewed as a “millstone” around her neck.
As Rebecca reveals, her mother called her birth a “calamity” and would leave her in the care of others or to fend for herself while she was still a child. Her mother drummed into her head that motherhood was slavery, but was happy when she became sexually active at 13 — Alice fancied it “empowering.” And while she was “supportive” when Rebecca had an abortion at age 14, this changed when Rebecca decided to become a mother as an adult. In fact, Rebecca’s rejection of the culture of death led to a spat that ended when, writes Rebecca, “she wrote me a letter saying that our relationship had been inconsequential for years and that she was no longer interested in being my mother. She even signed the letter with her first name, rather than ‘Mom’.”
But, hey, I’m sure Alice Walker has read It Takes a Village.
2. Alfred Kinsey
It’s not just that this bug researcher turned self-proclaimed human-sexuality expert was a scientific fraud. It’s that when he reported data on infants and young children, no one asked how he measured their “sexual responses.” But the answer was given to us by Kinsey colleague Paul Gebhard:
The “researchers” used “oral and manual stimulation.”
Kinsey was a pedophile who once boasted in a letter that he’d show nude pictures of men and boys to his young charges when he was a YMCA counselor. He was, Gebhard says, “interested in having sex with men, women and children and animals…” and took the position that “pedophilia is not as big a problem as the public intolerance of it.” But most damning are letters he exchanged with a former Gestapo officer and pedophile named Fritz von Balluseck in which Kinsey encouraged “him to continue his ‘research’ and warned him to ‘watch out’ and avoid being caught by the law.
3. Margaret Mead
This woman, who once wrote to her husband, “I’ll not leave you unless I find someone I love more,” channeled Kinsey and tried to manufacture a scientific justification for her own sexual habits. The result was her fraudulent volume Coming of Age in Samoa.
Far from being the libertine “paradise” of Mead’s fantasies, however, Samoa was an island where the purity of girls was safeguarded with a zeal that put Puritans to shame.
4. Noam Chomsky
In 1979, the communist Khmer Rouge had already exterminated a quarter of Cambodia’s population. Yet that very year Chomsky published a book, After the Cataclysm, in which he denied this holocaust and claimed, writes Paul Bogdanor, that “‘allegations of genocide’ are being used ‘to whitewash Western imperialism,’ to distract attention from the ‘the expanding system of subfascism’ and to lay the ideological basis for further Western intervention (pp. 149-50).”
Three decades later, Hugo Chavez-supporting Chomsky finally starting wondering if the Venezuelan was becoming authoritarian, saying he wasn’t “sure,” but “perhaps” Chavez was. Gee, ya’ think, Noam?