Breaking news Monday afternoon:
In response to yesterday’s Page 6 article regarding aspiring socialite Devorah Rose’s portrayal of potential suitor Salman Rushdie as an abuser of women’s rights I as a woman am beyond appalled and am of the opinion that Ms Rose by going to the media with her allegations that she was abused at the hands of Mr Rushdie has in essence sought to belittle the legitimate struggle that many people undergo on a daily basis for personal advantage and has exploited the issue of abuse against women as a calculated attempt to save face as well as exploit media attention. Hardly the favor many domestic violence victims need to challenge perceptions of what abuse really amounts to.
Perhaps then it brings a rueful smile when I think of the following words being uttered on page 6: “What he did was verbally abusive. He knew the best way to hurt me.”
Really? Then let us then take the case and discover who was really being abusive and exploitative and perhaps we might all walk away with the view that what Ms Rose, as a self entitled little achieving (except for the fame part) dilettante in tow has come to believe of herself and the cause of women as nothing more than fallacy and engineered lies.
First and foremost, I was unaware that four lunch or dinner dates can be construed as a “romance” but even more shocking to me, is the endorsement that being wined and dined at five star restaurants such Indochine, Sant Ambroeus and SL can be assimilated to abuse.
Ms Rose, let me explain to you, from a woman who has been beaten in front of her children, where my torn clothes from being pushed down a flight of stairs by my ex husband were produced to a supreme court judge during our divorce, and over two dozen police reports and restraining orders removing my ex husband out of the house not once, but TWICE, with a third pending; you’re blatant slander and crucifixion of Salman Rushdie not only disgraced him, but that was a slap in the face to every person (woman or man) that is a victim of domestic violence; and shame on the NY Post for endorsing this.
I normally wouldn’t give any issue regarding Ms Rose this much time, not that I have a problem with her, she is clearly entitled to make whatever choices she may, be them good, or poor, for her “career” or her “societal standing,” but she was anything but graceful about her “self pity” to the NY Post:
“I just want girls to speak out and know that this type of behavior is not OK.”
I’m sorry, but is Ms Rose actually making the assimilation that Salman Rushdie stating that he is not interested in her after a few in person meetings is in fact the same as a woman being psychologically, verbally and physically abused? I’m certain that Non Profits such as Sanctuary for Families and Safe Horizons are just banging on her door asking her to be their spokesperson. The face of their next Capital Campaign. Insert irony where you feel appropriate.
Is it completely unimaginable to Ms Rose, and Page 6 apparently, that perhaps an intellectual such as Mr Rushdie simply did not find her worthy of sharing his next unpublished manuscript. Excuse me, but for a woman who is the Editor of ANY publication, I would expect a bit more than “His mind was smart, but his actions infantile.” Ms Rose, a mind can not be smart, nor “dumb…” a person can be smart, but a mind? No… Grammar please. You are an editor after all, right? Or is that a farce too?
NY Post quotes Rushdie as follows: “I’m sorry to say that I don’t feel able to pursue what we only just began. I think you are a dynamic, passionate, extraordinary person, and I apologize for backing away so suddenly.”
Ms Rose, if that is your idea of verbal abuse and mistreatment that girls need to “speak out against” because his behavior is “not OK” you need a SERIOUS reality check.
Once again, another reminder Ms Rose, that perhaps you simply were not what Salman wanted. Men are allowed to change their minds just as much as we are. But to turn his rejection into a publicity stunt alluding to claims that you are now the victim of domestic violence? Shame on you. How dare you make a mockery of the fear that women like I have sustained and fought against.