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? Continue reading “Unpacking “Believe Women!” – Further Thoughts”
Hello? The main plot of Harper Lee’s iconic novel revolves around a false rape accusation, and the main message was essentially not to judge a book by its cover (mostly race in this case). But despite generations of avid readers, “Anti-racism” and “anti-sexism” are now the new racism and sexism. Atticus Finch would never deprive someone of a human right like presumption of innocence based on their race or gender. Maybe they thought it took place in an alternate universe…
“If it requires lynching to protect woman’s dearest possession from ravening, drunken human beasts, then I say lynch a thousand negroes a week.”
—Rebecca Felton, Georgia feminist and first female US Senator, 1897.
“I’m actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations.”
—Emily Lindin, feminist writer and director, in a Tweet sent 11/21/17 14:45
I value human rights and believe men and women are equal. I also believe in basic fairness. “Believe the women!” the mantra of #MeToo advocates and Judge Kavanaugh’s opponents, stands for the opposite of those things. It is part of a toxic archetype pattern that must be embedded deep in the collective female id (they all seem to know the script). It says women are “special,” not equal, yet manages to be misogynistic in its infantilization and emotional manipulation of women. It is also deeply misandrist, manipulating men into depriving other men of their rights or lives. It is worth noting at the outset that “Believe the Women!” operates on many levels in our society, not just in relation to Kavanaugh or #MeToo.
It is no accident that the Kavanaugh confirmation circus is part of the broader #MeToo witch hunt. Something like it was inevitable. Let us hope it is the crest of the #MeToo wave.
It is also no accident that “Believe the women!” is a direct echo of “Believe the children!” from the 1980s satanic cult preschool child molestation witch hunt. Ultimately, the phrase infantilizes women. It says they are not capable of being functional, equal adults, agents who determine their lives and who can deal with adversity, follow rules, rationally evaluate evidence or back up their accusations. They are simply helpless victims. They are children who must be constantly protected, coddled and indulged in the adult world of men. This infantilization applies both to the woman accuser and the women who evaluate her claims. “Believe the women” is real misogyny.
Continue reading “Unpacking “Believe Women!””
I was the editor of my high school paper a long time ago and as such ran into a few first amendment issues with the school administration. I joined the ACLU to educate myself about my rights. At the time, the ACLU was apolitical and stood for the rule of law, the rights of the accused, civil rights and free speech among other noble causes. They had a long and storied reputation of fighting for the rights of the unpopular underdog.
But that is not the ACLU of today. They have been overrun by SJWs. My first clue was a while ago when they made a distinction between “civil rights” for all and “women’s rights.” More recently they have come out with a watered down position on free speech, along the lines of the claim that so-called “hate speech” is not included. Now they have abandoned key principles like the rule of law and rights of the accused to embrace the logic of mob justice with their position on Kavanaugh. Yet somehow (through SJW magical thinking?) they still maintain they are a “nonpartisan” organization that does not take positions on judicial appointments.
The real ACLU would have defended Kavanaugh against the excesses of the mob. Sad.
So 36 years ago, a drunken minor teenage boy made a fumbled attempt to make out with a teenage girl without her consent. Let’s assume that happened.
This attempt was a misdemeanor at the time in the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations for which is one year.
Justice in the situation would look like this: The girl would report the assault in a timely fashion to police to investigate while memories were fresh and more reliable. The boy, as a 17-year old, first-time, misdemeanor offender would be referred to juvenile court. If found guilty, he would pay some penalty and his juvenile record would be customarily sealed for most purposes when he became an adult. As Americans we believe in the fresh start and not judging adults for their actions as children.
Now, it is certainly possible we could still be talking about this had Dr Ford done the right thing in the first place. If Kavanaugh was found guilty as a juvenile, Ford would be perfectly within her rights 36 years later to say to Feinstein “I don’t think he should be on the court, he sexually assaulted me in high school.” The Senators could then look at the record, if the FBI had not disclosed it already in the background check, or request it, and decide whether it was relevant.
Fairness to the accuser and fairness to the accused. Anyone see a difference between that scenario and what we all just witnessed last week? The Ford-Kavanaugh circus was only about politics. Not justice.
Anyone who intimates that this is about justice for sexual assault deserves any eye-rolling and laughter they receive. Any politician who does is a hack who does not deserve your vote.