Sex with Bill Cosby is ‘like necrophilia’ with a white woman
Bill Cosby’s getting a kicking in the Sun. The headline declares:
Bill Cosby’s hooked on sex with sleeping women
Says Dr Charlotte Laws, friend of alleged victim… The Sun can reveal the 77-year-old US sitcom star has now been hit by allegations that he is a somnophiliac — a pervert hooked on having sex with sleeping women. Top psychiatrists say the depravity is “like necrophilia”, the sexual attraction to CORPSES.
The dead never do tell.
…Yesterday political commentator Dr Charlotte Laws said her friend was subjected to that same vile treatment — despite being in a raunchy relationship with the screen star and quite happy to “do anything” with him while awake.
Dr Laws, a former California councillor, revealed her friend met Cosby in 1979 and they started dating behind the back of his long-suffering wife Camille.
A quick look tells us that De Laws has a Ph.D. in Social Ethics. She is also a talk show hosts and actress.
The Sun says Peter Samson story is an “exclusive”:
Dr Laws, 54, told The Sun last night: “I think it’s very likely Bill has somnophilia, the sleep fetish of being aroused when someone is asleep or unconscious. My friend said he drugged her then had sex with her. But she didn’t consider it rape because she was already in a consensual relationship with him. She couldn’t understand it because she said, ‘It’s not like I would have said no to anything’. She was kind of game for anything.”
Man has sex with woman “game for anything”!
“He gave her these pills and said, ‘These will relax you’, and she took them. She didn’t know they were going to knock her unconscious. They completely knocked her out and she woke up the next day having no idea what had happened to her. It’s amazing that none of this came out for so long, that’s the most incredible thing.”
Her allegation has come out. And in case you think a famous fan sleeping with a woman is shocking, we’re told:
Dr Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist, told The Sun: “Somnophilia is like necrophilia…
It is? Dr No. 2 adds:
“What’s interesting is having this woman come forward who was willing to have consensual sex — and yet he still gave her something that put her to sleep.
“That supports the idea that he is afflicted with this perversion.”
Dr Carole is a rent-a-quote medical mind. Not too long ago whe was telling one and all that video games could turn you into a rapist:
“The more video games a person plays that have violent sexual content, the more likely one is to become desensitized to violent sexual acts and commit them.”
Carol Lieberman, a psychologist and book author, told FoxNews.com that sexual situations and acts in video games…have led to real-world sexual violence. “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” she said.
So. That’s the doctor. What of the necrophilia? Not much on the web about it. But it makes for a good headline.
Psychology Today notes:
In researching the topic of somnophilia, I did come across a 2006 paper by Mark Knowles (New School for Social Research, New York) that examined the sexual content of the letters written by Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941). The primary purpose of Knowles’ paper was to examine the ways in which the paraphilic sexual fantasies of Joyce were expressed in his relationship with his wife (Nora Barnacle) via letters written at the end of 1909. Most of the paraphilic writings concerned coprophilia (sexual interest in faeces), but in one letter (dated December 8), Knowles noted there was also an instance of somnophilic fantasy. Here, Joyce writes of how he will perform cunnilingus on his wife in an effort to “surprise [her] asleep.” This will cause her to “groan and grunt and sigh and fart with lust in [her] sleep”.
Knowles claimed that investigators have suggested that the etiology of somnophilia is similar to that of fetishism and coprophilia (although these “investigators” were not referenced—although he did cite the paper by Calef and Weinshel). Knowles noted:
“The degree to which Joyce’s own aberrant libidinal impulses were influenced by factors such as these is uncertain; however, the fact that castration anxiety has been posited as a causal mechanism with regard to somnophilia as well as fetishism and coprophilia, the latter two of which played salient roles in his sexual fantasies, lends credence to the notion that the threat of castration did indeed constitute Joyce’s ‘nuclear complex.'”
You can read the letters here. And, no, Joyce never was done for sleeping with the dead.
The tales are getting more salcaious. But what of the facts? The Sun adds:
This week CNN screened a special called The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire. It featured five women — PJ Masten, Victoria Valentino, Joan Tarshis, Barbara Bowman and Kristina Ruehli — who have accused Cosby of sexually abusing them.
Isn’t Bill Cosby innocent? We should all assume that, right? Lots of TV shows and newspaper articles don’t prove guilt.
And as for the Sun’s story being an exclusive. Laws wrote in November:
Bill Cosby and drugging: My 34-year-old secret – EXCLUSIVE: I’d known about his dark side since that night in 1981. I had no idea what to say about it — until now
Why did she keep it a secret? Is it because consenting adults were having sex?
Then he looked at me and smiled, “What’s your favorite clothing store?”
“Suzy Creamcheese,” I said. This was a popular local boutique.
“If you help Sandy grow her hair down to her waist,” Bill said to me, “I will buy you $1,000 worth of clothes at Suzy Creamcheese.”
I figured Bill had a “thing” for long hair in the same way that some men have a “thing” for feet.
Sandy never grew her hair. She was not motivated by money. But she did come to me one morning a year later to tell me that something bad had happened. Bill had drugged her. She was not angry. She was baffled, stunned, even shaken by the experience. Plus, she felt betrayed.
“Bill drugged me last night, and then had sex with me,” Sandy confided. “I just don’t understand it. It’s not like I would have said no to anything.”
He had given her two pills and said, “These will relax you.” She trusted him and swallowed them. She figured they were vitamins or herbal medicine. They did not relax her; they flat-out knocked her unconscious.
“He didn’t need to do it,” she repeated. “I just don’t understand why.”
Did it turn him on to see a woman “out cold” or was this all a mistake? Maybe Sandy’s body had reacted to the pills in a bizarre and unexpected way. I was willing to give Bill the benefit of the doubt, although Sandy felt his actions were intentional.
She did not view the encounter as rape, because she was already in an intimate relationship with him. I likewise did not categorize it as a sex crime, because it was Sandy’s experience, and she had a right to define it any way she wished. I was only the bystander, the friend, the shoulder to cry on. Of course, now that I am older, I look back and realize that when a woman is unconscious, she cannot ever consent.
That sound a lot like the Sun’s exclusive. But still we have not heard from Sandy. Dr Laws likes to talk. She adds:
I moved from Las Vegas in 1982 and fell out of touch with Sandy. But I stayed in touch with Bill. One evening we were alone in his dressing room.
“Have you seen Sandy?” I asked.
“No,” he replied. “I haven’t seen her in years.”
It occurred to me that the “drugging date” may have been their last.
In an effort to elevate Sandy a few notches, I disclosed, “She was never a hooker. You probably thought she was.”
“Really?” He was expressionless. I could not tell whether he already knew or was surprised.
“She needed the money for rent,” I added. “That’s why she never told you.”
He nodded, indicating he understood and was copacetic with it.
Law has given much the same story to Fox News.
“[My friend] came to me and was distraught and said he had drugged her and had sex with her, and she said ‘it’s not like I would have said no to anything,’” Laws told FOX411. “She was pretty sexually adventuresome. She was perplexed as to why he would have done that, and she felt betrayed and she was confused about it.”
Laws said her friend, whose name she does not wish to reveal, eventually split from Cosby, but Laws kept in touch with him because she “liked him as a person.”
Do we judge Bill Clinton at the time of his alleged dating with Sandy or now, as the whirlwind of allegation swirls about him?
The Sun says Bill Cosby’s carer is over. Why his and not others?
Glen Reynolds asks:
WHAT ABOUT BILL CLINTON’S? Why Is Bill Cosby’s Career Over, But Terry Richardson’s Isn’t? Actually, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy — it’s as if there’s some sort of White Rape Privilege going on here…
These decades-old cases are virtually impossible to prosecute. Not only does the physical evidence no longer exist, but most states have statutes of limitation on sexual assault cases. We can debate about whether there should be statutes of limitation on sexual assault, given that women often feel too ashamed to come forward right away. But for the moment, that’s the law. So where does that leave us?
In the house of public shame. Yes, the court of public opinion is thoroughly sloppy, asDahlia Lithwick wrote in Slate after Dylan Farrow’s New York Times essay exploded the Internet. “There are no rules of evidence, no burdens of proof, no cross-examinations, and no standards of admissibility.” But in this case, unlike either the Woody Allen case or the R. Kelly case, there are now five women who have spoken to major media outlets, under their real names, telling a very similar story. Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby, which was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. In that case, her lawyer had lined up 13 supporting witnesses, all apparently with their own pills-and-grogginess stories. At the time, Constand’s case did not make a dent in Cosby’s reputation. But now that we know what we know, or perhaps now that we know it at a time of heightened awareness about sexual assault, a quiet settlement and a financial hit seem insufficient punishment given the scale of the crime. So Netflix, don’t air that Cosby post-Thanksgiving special, even though you have already paid for and shot it; NBC, cancel that Cosby sitcom. And if that doesn’t happen, then shame on anyone who watches them.
Andrew Sullivan adds:
Reading through six near-identical accounts of women who publicly testify that he drugged and raped them, it seems clear to me, at least, that he is a serial sexual abuser and rapist. Does he deserve the benefit of the doubt? In a court of law, absolutely. In the court of public opinion? Not at all. The odds of all these women lying – when they have nothing to gain and a certain amount to lose from telling the truth – is close to zero.
We the englightened masses should assume guilt?
Only after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest. The original video of Buress’ performance went viral. This week, Twitter turned against him, too, with a meme that emblazoned rape scenarios across pictures of his face.While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions: Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?
Such are the facts?