Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More rape hysteria -- the sexual assault industry suggests untold numbers of men and boys are rapists when they are not

Glenn Sacks recently wrote: "Feminists have a bad habit of conflating voluntary sexual relations with rape, and here we go again. The Family Violence Prevention Fund's new youth rape study claims that 'Nearly One in Five Young Women Have Experienced Forced Intercourse.'"

We have too many rapes as it is, why must we artificially inflate the stats? Why must we bestow the mantle of victimhood on women who are not rape victims? Glenn is correct. A review of the study at issue shows the following:

First, only women were questioned for the study (of course -- because women don't lie about "rape" and men do, right? And even though the legal test for rape is whether a reasonable person in the position of the male would understand that the woman consented);

Second, the "types of force" women reported experiencing were as follows:

Told relationship would end;
Physically hurt or injured;
Threatened with physical hurt;
He was bigger or a grown up;
Physically held down;
Pressured by words/actions without threats.


(The "study" can be found here: http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2008_09_10_FS_ForcedSex.pdf)

The red highlighting above is mine -- those points are highlighted because those "types of force" do not negate consent to have lawful sexual intercourse. Sex prompted by those types of "force" is not rape, period.

The real question is this: why are the persons who prepared this "study" suggesting to young women that they are being raped when they are not?

I would happily debate the authors of this "study" as to the impropriety of including these items on their list. It was not appropriate; it engenders rape hysteria (which is precisely their goal, let us be honest); and it promotes the worst kind of gender divisive misandry -- wrongly suggesting that untold numbers of women and girls are victimized by untold numbers of men and boys.

If this study were accurate, it would suggest a deep, dare I say fatal, flaw in the male gender that no amount of education would cure. Men and boys would have more in common with animals than with human beings.

Let us just focus on one point from this very disturbing, dishonest study -- the last one, which is also the most frequent type of "force" reported: verbal pressure. The inclusion of this point in their study is either breathtakingly naive or grossly dishonest. I vote the latter, but you never know.

Take the following example, and tell me why it is not "rape" under the logic employed by this study: a young woman verbally pressures her boyfriend to have sex when he doesn't really want to because she's trying to have a baby -- and she's been told she needs to have intercourse at certain times? Applying the logic of this idiotic study, that HAS to be rape, right? You can't have it both ways, ladies. It's all either rape or it's not, and the example I've just given is rape in your twisted universe, beyond any question. Now in the real world, it is never rape.

What about non-sexual verbal pressures: how about when she coerces him against his wishes to drive halfway across the U.S. to visit her mother? Or to buy a new house? Or to buy her a ring beyond his economic means? Or to allow her sister to stay with them for a couple of months? The list is endless. Is any of that the moral equivalent of "rape"?

No person in their right mind - that is, no person who is not drunk on the laughing gas of radical feminism thinks that grudgingly consenting to do something for your loved one could ever, in a thousand years, be "rape."

No jurisdiction considers such conduct "rape."

That's because people in a relationship do things for each other all the time even though they're not especially thrilled about it. They do things consensually because they want to, because they love the other person. If your significant other asks you to do something you really don't want to do, even grudgingly, you just say no. People do that all the time, too.

The dangerous thing about this asinine, grossly immoral and inappropriate study is that radical feminists are teaching this nonsense to our daughters (in the same manner a cult teachers lies to our impressionable children), and our daughters might actually think these things constitute rape. They do not, by any standard. But this could lead some young women to falsely accuse our sons of sexually assaulting them.

We need to start educating our sons and our daughters what "consent" under the law means. This could only help reduce rapes and false accusations of rape.

Young ladies: verbal pressure, the fact that the guy is bigger (which is usually the case), and a guy's threat to break up -- do not force you to have sex. They are not rape, regardless of what some far left, man-hating lunatic teaches you. You can say "no." If you say "no" and he physically forces you to have sex, that is rape.