These images of women around Kavanaugh evoke a familiar alibi

Updated 4:13 PM ET, Wed September 26, 2018

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Rebecca Wanzo is associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of "The Suffering Will Not Be Televised" and writes about representations of sexual violence. The views expressed in this commentary are solely the author's. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)By now we are accustomed to the scene: a male politician or celebrity stands accused of sexual misconduct and his wife is a stoic, supportive presence beside him.

Rebecca Wanzo