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Christine Blasey Ford is a superhero on the stand—but she shouldn’t have to be

Open yet measured, expert but obliging, Ford tried to be the perfect witness. But why do we ask so much of women’s testimony?

By Charlotte Lydia Riley  

Christine Blasey Ford swears in. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photo: PA

Watching Professor Christine Blasey Ford testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon as to an alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, which she claims took place while she was a teenager, was amazing and horrifying in equal measure. (Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.)

Amazing, because watching Ford on the stand is…

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