In a previous post, I outlined why I think “Believe Women” is profoundly misogynistic and misandrist at the same time. Evil. It infantilizes the women who make accusations, emotionally manipulates other women and men, and is a declaration of man-hate all in one. It is a regressive witch hunt logic that sets basic ideas of justice back a millennium.
But it is also just profoundly stupid as a practical matter. For three main reasons:
1.Some women lie about rape.
Let’s just get this one out of the way. It should be obvious, but for some reason it is controversial.
Women have the same capacity for lying as men. We don’t know how often they lie about rape, in terms of a percentage of cases, but we know some women do. Why would a woman lie? Researchers have documented a dozen motivations, including: attention, revenge, to make a man jealous, to cover an affair, to create an alibi, for extortion/monetary gain, etc… Also, women know they will pay no penalty for lying. Lying accusers are routinely not prosecuted because authorities think that honest accusers will be less willing to report their rapes. And of course, women are held less accountable for their actions in general.
We see stories of women lying about rape in the news all the time. Some are famous, like Duke Lacrosse, Rolling Stone’s UVA story, Jian Ghomeshi, the Hofstra case, Tawana Brawley, Brian Banks, The Scottsboro Boys, the Duluth lynching, and so on. Brett Kavanaugh accusers Ramirez and Swetnick are almost certainly lying. Most cases are much less well known because an investigation that is simply dropped receives no coverage.
I am convinced that a number of false accusations, at least these days, are due to the rise of the intersectional feminist victim cult. There is prestige in being a sacred victim. If you doubt that, just look at video of “survivors” confronting Senator Joe Manchin or Orrin Hatch over Kavanaugh as if their voices are the only ones that count. This is the same reason we have seen the rise of fake hate crimes on college campuses. People can be that desperate to be seen as victims.
The reason we do not know the number of false accusations is that they are harder to prove than almost anything else. We have no idea how many acquittals or inconclusive investigations were actually false, and we also have no idea how many actual convictions are the result of false accusations. We also have no idea how many unreported rapes are false accusations. Sometimes the false accusation can accomplish its goal without the involvement of law enforcement.
So why would a woman go through with it as the process escalates? Once people commit to a lie, they are committed, perhaps to the point of convincing themselves they are telling the truth. They continue in the lie in order not to lose face and in order to ensure the accomplishment of the goal that caused them to lie in the first place. Once it is reported there is no real turning back. Christine Blasey Ford naively thought she could torpedo Kavanaugh with a simple letter and remain anonymous. Her hand was forced when her name and allegation were leaked so she had to pony up or lose face and forego her goal of derailing the nomination. Likewise, a lying accuser may start out believing it will be easier than it becomes.
Finally, given the dire consequences for men accused of rape, are some women really that cold and evil? Yes. Think of all the white women who falsely accused black men knowing full well what their white menfolk would do to them. Think of that famous picture of Emmett Till in his open casket, the end result of a confessed lie (about something far short of rape). Heartlessness in some women is a real thing. And so is lying about rape.
2.Women can be mistaken.
Memory is problematic and eyewitnesses often get things wrong. Even though this is proven by science, it is somehow controversial with feminists.
We know that memory is malleable and that it degrades over time. In a famous experiment, people convinced themselves they had been to Disneyland as children even though they had never been there, proving that memories can be implanted. There was one case where a woman, who was actually raped, accused a man who it turns out was miles away but on the TV at the time of her rape. She associated the rape with his face and his voice and was sure it was him.
The Innocence Project has freed dozens of incarcerated men who were convicted of rape pre-DNA testing by testing the DNA stored in evidence. The women were raped, but had identified the wrong man in a line-up. Presumably each of them testified in court, pointing at the man and tearfully declaring: “That’s him! That’s the man who raped me! I will never forget the face of the man who raped me!
Not a lie, per se, but certainly not the truth either.
3.Presuming guilt can skew investigations.
Finally, we have the least controversial reason. Assuming belief has not rendered the process moot and there is an investigation, confirmation bias assures that the outcome of the investigation is flawed. That is, if the investigator starts with a presumption of guilt, even neutral facts and circumstances will appear sinister and confirm the accuser’s story. On the other hand, exculpatory evidence could be overlooked. Investigators must keep an open mind and deal with the facts impartially. That is antithetically opposed to “Believe Women!”
The bottom line? Don’t just “Believe Women” unless you are evil and stupid.