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[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][font=verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Feminist ethics professor found guilty of raping severely retarded black man[/font][/font]




[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]She told the family of a severely disabled man that she could help him to communicate with the outside world. The relationship that followed would lead to a criminal trial.[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]Anna didn’t want to keep her feelings secret. As far as she knew, neither did D.J. In recent weeks, their relationship had changed, and it wasn’t clear when or how to share the news. ‘‘It’s your call,’’ she said to him in the lead-up to a meeting with his mother and older brother. ‘‘It’s your family. It’s up to you.’’[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]When she arrived at the house on Memorial Day in 2011, Anna didn’t know what D.J. planned to do. His brother, Wesley, was working in the garden, so she went straight inside to speak with D.J. and his mother, P. They chatted for a while at the dining table about D.J.’s plans for school and for getting his own apartment. Then there was a lull in the conversation after Wesley came back in, and Anna took hold of D.J.’s hand. ‘‘We have something to tell you,’’ they announced at last. ‘‘We’re in love.’’[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]‘‘What do you mean, in love?’’ P. asked, the color draining from her face.[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]To Wesley, she looked pale and weak, like ‘‘Caesar when he found out that Brutus betrayed him.’’ He felt sick to his stomach. What made them so uncomfortable was not that Anna was 41 and D.J. was 30, or that Anna is white and D.J. is black, or even that Anna was married with two children while D.J. had never dated anyone. What made them so upset — what led to all the arguing that followed, and the criminal trial and million-­dollar civil suit — was the fact that Anna can speak and D.J. can’t; that she was a tenured professor of ethics at Rutgers University in Newark and D.J. has been declared by the state to have the mental capacity of a toddler.[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif]Anna does not agree with this assessment. She does not deny (as no one could) that D.J. is impaired: His cerebral palsy leaves him prone to muscle spasms in his face, his neck, his torso and his arms and hands. She acknowledges that it’s hard for him to stay in one position, that muscle contractions sometimes twist his spine and clench his fingers in a useless ball. It’s clear to her, as it is to everyone, that he has trouble making eye contact and keeping objects fixed in view. She knows that he wears diapers and cannot dress himself; that he can walk only if someone steadies him; and that otherwise he gets around by scooting on the floor. She knows that D.J. screams when he’s unhappy and chirps when he’s excited, but that he can’t control his vocal cords. Anna understands that even now, at 35, D.J. has never said a word. But she takes issue with the other half of D.J.’s diagnosis: that he’s not just spastic but has a very low I.Q.[/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][size=small][font=verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif]This is just the intro, genuinely the largest article I've ever seen for those interested:[/font][/font][/size]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][size=small][font=verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif]http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/m...-of-anna-stubblefield.html?_r=0[/font][/SIZE][/font]

[font=Tahoma, Calibri, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif][size=small][font=verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif][size=small][font=verdana, geneva, lucida, 'lucida grande', arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Typical feminist, hopefully she never gets out[/font][/font][/size][/font][/size]
 
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