Mark Judge, conservative writer at the center of the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, is a contributor at the locally run Splice Today

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An official portrait of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Court of Appeals the District of Columbia Circuit, via Wikimedia Commons

College professor Christine Blasey Ford has come forward with allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it” during a high school party in the 1980s, according to a story in The Washington Post.

When Ford tried to scream, Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth.

Ford also said there was another man in the room, conservative writer Mark Judge, who was watching and eventually jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, sending all three to the floor. Both men were “stumbling drunk,” she told the Post.

Judge, who attended Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda with Kavanaugh, denied the allegations in an interview with The Weekly Standard. But just as the incident has cast a doubt over Kavanaugh’s chances of getting confirmed, it has also pushed reporters to take a deeper look at Judge’s body of work.

Splinter reports of a YouTube channel “that appeared to belong to Judge onto which he uploaded bizarre videos that intercut innocuous visuals of books and cityscapes with sexualized videos of young women.”

Among the highlights from his published work: writing about his stolen bike and saying the “odds were very high that a black person” took it, pondering if “gay people are perverts,asserting “women who dress like prostitutes are also sending out signals” and arguing that the “male passion” seen in pulp novels published by Hard Case Crime is “good and beautiful.”

That last one comes from the locally run website Splice Today and includes this passage: “Of course, a man must be able to read a woman’s signals, and it’s a good thing that feminism is teaching young men that no means no and yes means yes. But there’s also that ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her.”

The sub-headline on the piece: “Today’s social justice warriors don’t like a sexy damsel in distress.”

Judge, who has deleted his social media accounts since entering the spotlight, has been a semi-regular contributor at Splice Today, the commentary site founded by Russ Smith, who started City Paper in the 1970s and later founded the New York Press. (Full disclosure: I used to work at City Paper.) Judge’s first byline appeared on the site 10 years ago, and he started writing more frequently within the last three years.

Sprinkled among the cultural takes and reviews are headlines such as “Getting Girls at the Laundromat,” “Do Guys Like Getting Groped?” and the satirical “Get These Hot Women Off TV.”

The second one includes Judge writing that he didn’t mind being groped and understood his experiences were “nothing compared to what women have to endure every day.” The latter statement he attributes to men being “much more sexually aggressive than women, a fact that our everything-is-equal liberal culture is finally starting to re-understand.”

In an email, Smith said he had no comment on Judge’s current situation but said he would still run his work.

“Yes, if he continues to submit stories to me, and I like them, he’ll be published.”

Among the most interesting excerpts to resurface is part of Judge’s memoir, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” detailing his teenage binge drinking. As Mother Jones points out, the name of the school has been changed to Loyola Prep in the text, and Judge writes community service was mandated by the school to curtail hard partying.

There’s even an appearance of a “Bart O’Kavanaugh.”

“I heard he puked in someone’s car the other night,” says a character named Mary.

“Yeah,” replied Judge. “He passed out on his way back from a party.”

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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