Sunday, October 2, 2011

Amanda Knox

Yes, I know, the Amanda Knox trial has been way off your radar. Amanda who? you say.

That’s what happens when all my friends bury their nose in Schopenhauer and Plato. Well, opposites attract.

But if you ever do catch up on this story, here is why I know she’s innocent. Amanda has been tried and convicted of murdering her roommate on the premise that she has insatiable sexual appetites. So, ok; then give us one former boyfriend who has a story to tell. One. Because, you know, you can't be a sex kitten without the sex. And if there had been previous boyfriends, at least one would have come forth to feast on the incredible fortune awaiting him via magazines, television, interviews, books.

You know what scares me? Aside from this case, I mean. What if a young girl, trapped in this same situation, had a sexual history. She'd stand no chance, would she? Unless, of course, she knew Berlusconi.

22 comments:

  1. I haven't followed the story closely, but I know enough to believe that this is a classic case of scapegoating. I hear that she will testify, and I'll be praying for scales to fall from some eyeballs.

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  2. Never trust an old frumpy lawyer, they have yarns of stories to weave.

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  3. I did not realize that sexual appetite was the basis of the case. And why are most politicians so f'd up? Is he the Wilt Chamberlain of Italy?

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  4. Very impressive. I didn't know you were so...I was going to say "hip" but that wouldn't be hip, so how about contemporary and trendy. I have heard the term "Sex kitten" in years, but it is actually in the urban dictionary: "A girl or girlfriend who is very cute and playful on the outside, but on the inside a sexual hunger burns with the flame of a 1000 orgasmic desires, that will consume all the energy you've got." She'd have former boyfriends with stories alright.

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  5. The idiocy of the story defies explanation. One doesn't go from having one's first boyfriend to saying, hey, let's go find some homeless thief, bring him home and all go rape my roommate.

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  6. amen AH, amen.

    and whether or not one has sexual partners in the single digits or multiples...base the conviction on facts, not sordid details. What are we, in the 1950's in the US?

    wv: table...what, did WV run out of salacious sounding words that they now have to rely on REAL words?!?!

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  7. It was the homeless thief wot did it - it seems so obvious. She did behave very callously when arrested, which may be becauae she has autism spectrum disorder.

    I have a feeling the magazines and papers can't publish any boyfriend stories until the appeal's over, for legal reasons.

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  8. Extra credit, indeed, WCGB. I like that first one.

    Bellis, there would be absolutely nothing to stop the US Press from publishing anything they could find. And boy, I'll bet they, collectively, invested millions thinking they'd strike gold. But apparently they were wrong.

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  9. The benefit of my middle-of-the-night research is that I discovered Nina Burleigh. She wrote a book entitled The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox. But the one of hers I really want to read is: A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer. Yes, the president in this case was indeed Jack Kennedy.

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  10. Makes you think you should keep a journal of how you spend every minute of every day. Just in case. It also, for some reason, reminds me of California's McMartin case.

    GG

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  11. My goodness! You are getting so political. Good for you!

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  12. Very sad. I heard an update on NPR this morning. What a nightmare for everyone involved.

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  13. I would like to know how Italian women, in general, fare in cases of sexual assault. I have a feeling there are some complex sexual politics being played out here.

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  14. So what?

    We’re not in the Berlusconi world, or are we?

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  15. I think it's worth mentioning that people who are autistic aren't unfeeling, if anything they feel too much which is why they have so much trouble regulating anxiety. Actually, in many cases they're completely overwhelmed and simply can't sort it out so they do things to distract themselves, release some of that anxiety, and end up looking like they don't care. Add to that that girls are better at covering up their social deficits and you see why they aren't diagnosed as often as boys. If this is what happened to Amanda Knox then this is a wake up call for all of us to get educated about it and stop treating it like a disfugurement. It's just part of the human condition.

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  16. Paula, you've blown me away. And thank you, Kelly, for putting up the article.

    I think it's true. As adults, most of us learn the appropriate, society-approved response to a given situation. But some of us never learn these behaviors, and remain naive, unsophisticated, in this respect.

    As a child, I was once in a dangerous situation and escaped. But my first thought was not to yell and scream, but to find something that returned me to life as I knew it. So rather than running home to tell my mother, I saw a neighbor, pushing her little brother in a stroller. I walked along with them for awhile, and we talked about the weather.

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  17. The Italian judicial system, like the Italian postal system, is in the dark ages! I was so happy when I heard this I nearly jumped! Finally.

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  18. I haven't followed closely either till her release today. This is one interesting, persuasive case you make for her.

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  19. @Paula--as one who is on the spectrum, I appreciate your comments. It is certainly NOT a lack of caring that autistic folks feel---it is, in fact, feeling TOO MUCH that makes an autistic person shut down. Think about having a TV blaring, a radio blaring, a band playing in the garage and 12 kids pulling on your sweater---that is that kind of overwhelming input an autistic person feels, and thus, makes them try to shut things out.

    What I explain to anyone who will listen is this---we ALL have our "thing". One friend has to check door locks before she goes to bed, twice. Another has to have clean tennies every day, and spends each night before bed scouring shoes. Another has to make sure his wallet, keys, shoes and briefcase are lined up just so before he heads to bed. It's just the thing each gets stuck on. For some, these things aren't as obvious or as grand. For others, they are massively obvious. Rather than treating it like an illness, roll with it.

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  20. It was a huge farce! Did you know that the prosecuting attorney is currently facing charges for a previous case in which he professed claims against another girl that were very similar to Amanda Knox's case? I think the charge is witness tampering or something like that.

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