Allegations About Bill Cosby by Stanford Erickson

Allegations About Bill Cosby by Stanford Erickson

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Mar 10, 2016

Allegations About Bill Cosby

By Stanford Erickson


As a journalist for more than 35 years, I met, interviewed and been around many famous men. What most surprised me is how many young women sought to be around them. I remember several years ago U.S. Senate staffers telling me that they had had to lock up their young women interns when a very married 40-year old U.S. Senator, who later became Vice President of the United States, came ‘a courting.’ I was told that the interns were as much interested in him as he was in them. No it was not Al Gore; it was Hubert Humphrey, if you can believe that.

In San Francisco in the late 1960s, I covered the Hippies, part of the so-called “free love generation.” I wrote about a medical doctor who provided medical services to the Hippies free of charge. He was a young, handsome, kind man. After I wrote a glowing article about him, I was informed later by a few of the young women that he had intimate relations with them. They were not complaining, they were bragging. I did not do a follow up article about that. First, I did know if it were true; secondly, none of the young women were complaining…then.

This was a rebellious time in our nation and especially in California. More often then not when you attended a party at someone’s home the crowd broke off into two separate groups—those smoking marijuana or hashish and those consuming alcohol. I drank Jack Daniels in those days.

I have written all of this in an attempt to put in context a time when Bill Cosby generally has been accused of drugging and raping young women. In no way am I condoning what Mr. Cosby is being accused nor am I accusing him of anything.

What I am attempting to suggest is that it has been my experience that many young women then and, I believe now, haven’t really come to terms with the fact that sexual relations for most young men and sexual relations for most young women are as different as night and day. Most young men—and I was never one of them for some reason—consider a physical intimate relation with a young women, is just that a physical intimate relation. I have heard said many a time from women—especially so-call feminist in the 70s and 80s–that initially they too thought that only to discover that serial physically intimacy ended up playing havoc with their emotional sensibilities.

Although many such young women thought they could have an intimate physical relationship with a man, or perhaps several, and enjoy it as a purely sensually experience later on they felt shame, remorse, regret and taken advantaged of by the men.

Our hedonistic culture today, perpetuated by films and television, promotes non-affectionate serial sexual relationships. Men I think are programmed that way until they begin to understand the emotional harm they cause to women and themselves. Women, I do not believe, are programmed that way at all.

Also as a journalist, I used to interview psychiatrists during the late 60s and 70s who were treating institutionalized young men and young women. More than once, they told me that treating young men was a lot more difficult than treating young women. “Almost every young man who needed to be institutionalized had some deep-seat problem that took sometime to discover,” the psychiatrists would tell me. “Women, on the other hand,” they said, “are much more naturally resilient than men about most things except sex. Generally 70 percent of the time, young women who ended up institutionalized had been raped or molested. Only 30 percent of men who needed to be institutionalized were there because of having been molested or raped.”

Now I interviewed those psychiatrists about the time Mr. Cosby is now being accused of raping young women. Feminists of today might say that women have changed. Today’s young women like young men can handle casual sex.

I don’t think so. I think women were made different than men. The creator, I believe, sought to protect the doorway to creation when he made women. And rightly so.


Stanford Erickson is a 35-year member of the National Press Club. He has been a reporter, editor, publisher.



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