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Democracy, Inc.

Maurice Berger

DURING A RECENT, EXTRAORDINARY EPISODE of the CBS sitcom Designing Women, cast members engaged in an alternately horrifying and hilarious recapitulation of the divisive issues raised by the Hill-Thomas hearings. Mary Jo Shively, for example, an angry, newly committed feminist who wore a green shirt emblazoned with the words “He Did It,” wondered if Senator John C. Danforth’s off-the-wall theories about Professor Hill’s sanity were a reflection of his own mental problems. The preppy, uptight Allison Sugarbaker, donning a shirt that read “She Lied,” insisted that Judge Thomas was the victim of some kind of liberal conspiracy. While the two adversaries were, like the rest of America, fixated on the question of who was telling the truth, Anthony Bouvier, an African-American law student and the women’s copartner in an Atlanta interior design firm, went right to the political heart of the matter.

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