In some ways Polanksi is actually right. The pill did “change the place of women in our times”—but it did so for the better.
Why is it that we “pardon” or overlook some individuals for their crimes? Many others before him have fled their sentences but eventually served their time. So why do some think he’s above the law?
Every time a man assaults a woman with lower social status; a frat boy rapes a sorority girl, an athlete rapes a fan, or a famous musician beats his girlfriend, the excuses are the same.