As Christine Blasey Ford took her seat at a table in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today to answer questions regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, I was not working under any pretense that she would be treated fairly by the Republican senators, every one of them male and quite a few well past the age of 60. History (see: Hill, Anita) and the members' own reluctance to allow an FBI investigation into Blasey Ford's claims were evidence enough.
Before today's hearings even began, Blasey Ford had been referred to as "mixed up" by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and he bookended that dismissive comment by calling her "pleasing" and an "attractive witness" after her testimony today.
As today's proceedings went on, that low hum of condescension grew louder and louder.
To see how these Republican men conducted themselves in real-time blinded me with the kind of rage I haven't felt since Donald Trump loomed menacingly behind Hillary Clinton during that presidential debate back in 2016. The contempt for women was, to me, on full display and indicative of a type of behavior that we see from the right too often.