Sohrab AhmariVerified account @SohrabAhmari – A homosexual man in 19th-century Britain committed an indecent assault against a 6-year-old boy. It was a capital offense, but the judge pronounced “death recorded,” a term of art for when someone was eligible for the death sentence but spared.
The convicted man was imprisoned and later released. “Death recorded,” the court records said, but contemporary news accounts also noted that he was spared. There were many other cases like this.
Bestselling leftist author Naomi Wolf took “death recorded” to mean executed–and spun *a whole book* about how that episode, and others like it, reveal how cruel were Western legal regimes when it came to “queer folks.”
Said book is forthcoming from
@HMHCo next month. God knows how much they paid to acquire it, Wolf being a feminist superstar and all. Has any book been so instantaneously debunked, *before* its publication date?
Here’s the interview, with BBC radio, I think, wherein she learns in real-time that her claims rest on a basic misunderstanding. Having lived in Britain, I can tell you that no nation is more adept at brutally exposing intellectual fraud.
Brits are brutal at this precisely because they do it so subtly and politely.
I also can’t get over the fact that the homosexual man whose—nonexistent— death sentence Wolf decries was actually convicted of raping a 6-year-old. And he only got 2 1/2 years in the slammer!
“I found, like, several dozen executions,” says Wolf, with upspeak. LOLOLOLOLOL.