Because that's what made it clearer, for me at least, once I started worrying about the thought you don't think. If feminism and paranoia aren't mutually exclusive, then how do you know? How do you know what you don't know? First you have to take apart the idea of sexism: It's not men vs. women, it's patriarchy vs. everybody. And the wars that we fight are about the tools we're given to fight with, and whether or not we're allowed to use them in a given case. Getting her head tied up in this, letting her insecurities in other areas and the general instability of the place filter into her dealings with Caitlin, is a perfect example: This is Alicia Florrick, Alicia who is better than this, flexing the wrong muscles, at the wrong time, against the wrong enemy.
She has no way of knowing she's doing any of that, because if Caitlin were the cliche she thinks she is, it would be smart to do. And because there's the generational telescoping effect of mentoring here, women training women to swim with sharks, there's also a very real threat of somebody interrupting that line. If Caitlin betrays it, then all three women lose power, and right now in Alicia's life that can't be allowed to happen. But what made you go there, really? And what if you're wrong? Then you're an agent of sexism.
You let them get in your head.
SWEENEY TESTIMONY #2
Colin: "I also went to that restaurant in Evanston with Ms. Swift, several times, to discuss executive event planning things."
Ellis: "You couldn't find a restaurant in Chicago, you had to drive twenty miles from your office."
Colin: "Don't let the awful waitresses fool you, they do a mean coq au vin."
Ellis: "Okay, did she blow you at the Evanston Tavern?"
Alicia: "STOP! OBJECTION! RELEVANCE!"
Ellis: "Um, it's totally relevant. This is about sexual harrassment. He was her boss, she didn't fuck him, she got fired."
Colin: "I did not engage in oral sex with Ms. Swift."
Even then, maybe he's not perjuring himself. There's a whole subject/verb agreement thing there that might pass muster.
Alicia: "Okay, how about some random facts. Prior to Ms. Swift's allegations, no one had ever accused you of having a sexual relationship with an employee? And at the time, no one ever accused you of having a sexual relationship with Ms. Swift?"
Colin: "True and true."
Alicia: "Good, then we're done here."