Sunday, July 6, 2008

Random thoughts on wrongful rape claims

*A hypothetical: If you believed that many members of the class to which you belong suffer from a widespread injustice, and if you further believed that some members of your class were hurting the cause of the true victims by lying that they, too, are victims of the injustice when, in fact, they are not, what would you do: (A) Work to get the the liars to stop lying, or (B) Pretend the lies are a myth? Most rational people would choose "A". If so, then why do some feminists pretend that false rape claims are a "myth"? Time and time again police officers and others criticize false rape accusers because their lies hurt real rape victims who are less likely to be believed, and thus are less likely to come forward, because of the lies. Therefore, shouldn't the feminists be teaching girls and young women not to lie about rape because these lies are hurting real victims? Of course they should. Why is this not part of sex education programs? The reason feminists won't allow this as part of any educational program is because any admission that women lie about rape would lend credence to the notion that great caution must be exercised in convicting men and boys of this vile crime.

*In all the studies that purportedly show that rape will be committed on one-in-four or one-in-five college women -- or freshmen college women -- or freshmen college women before Thanksgiving -- or women in general (take your pick -- all of these versions are used), the "data" is usually culled exclusively from interviewing -- you guessed it, women. This approach is backward. For any such studies to have validity, the researchers would need to ask both the female and the male to furnish their versions of whether and how the female manifested her assent to have sex. If there is a difference of opinion, it may be impossible to include that particular claim in the study. The most important point is this: the legal test for determining if rape occurred is not based on the female's perspective but rather on the male's; specifically, would a reasonable person in the male's position understand that the female assented to sex based on her outward manifestations via words or conduct? How does asking only females provide an accurate picture when the legal test is from the male's perspective?

*What underlies the decision of rape researchers to question only women? Why not ask only men? Or both men and women? I suspect the implied assumption is that women don't lie about rape; men, of course, do. Sigh.

*In A New Kind of Rape, the Cosmopolitan article that engendered feminist wrath because it introduced the concept of "gray rape" to a widescale audience, the following appears: Anthony Moniello, 24, a radio personality for ESPN, says, "I’ve had girls tell me 'I don’t have sex on the first night.' And I say, 'That’s fine, I respect that. Mind if I play with you a little bit?' A girl will say no, she doesn’t mind, then she’ll get so hot, she’ll say, 'Let’s do it.' That’s the scariest part. Is it then my responsibility to say no?' It is unfortunate that the hysteria of the "rape culture" has frightened men to the point that a man deems it appropriate to ask that question. Since the dawn of man, women have played "hard to get" -- sorry feminists, it is fact that women have always been more selective about mating than men. Women generally are less certain than men that they want to have sex. The fact is, it doesn't matter if she was conflicted before she gave consent, or after. In this man's hypothetical, she reasonably manifested her assent to sex, and he had every right to proceed. The only fear he should have is that the woman may be so indoctrinated by incorrect and expansive definitions of "consent" that she could later concoct a false rape claim against him.

*We are quick to criticize the radical feminists when they label as "victim blaming" any commonsense advice that young women should take reasonable precautions to avoid being raped. But why do we men refuse to teach our sons that they have an obligation not to put themselves in situations that give rise to false rape claims? First and foremost is this situation: a first date or a casual hook-up after both parties have been drinking. This may sound Victorian, but young men are enhancing the risk of a false rape claim when they put themselves in that situation, and they need to know that. This is not "victim blaming," and I am not excusing liars. But just as we would urge our sons to exercise caution when walking through a bad neighborhood, the hysteria of the "rape culture" has created a "bad neighborhood" for teen males and young men. They need to be very careful about trusting women they don't know very well.

*Classic quote of the day: "Some feminists virtually deny the existence of false rape accusations and believe the concept itself constitutes discriminatory harassment toward women."-- Eugene J. Kanin, False Rape Allegations (1994).