Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Women buy into modern Chicken Little fable: another viral email spreads rape hysteria

Comment: We have previously written about how the myth of male predatory sexual behavior is the engine that drives the culture of rape hysteria and that false rape claims are its noxious emissions. The news story reprinted below this comment is a chilling illustration of this.

A viral e-mail is spreading rape hysteria by claiming that some men are passing a very powerful date rape drug to women merely by handing them a business card. The drug supposedly is so potent that it incapacitates women who touch it. The card ends by urging the reader "TO SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW." Of course, the email is a hoax, an urban myth, but police are getting calls about it because people don't know how to sort the truth from urban myths.

So, now, women must not only refrain from accepting a drink from men they don't know, they must refuse their business cards as well, for fear it's just another male trick to rape them.

This viral email, of course, is nothing but high tech fear-mongering, a modern-day Chicken Little fable for women already overly wary of men. Except that instead of shouting, "The sky is falling!" contemporary Chicken Littles are frantically warning women that no man should be presumed trustworthy since so many men are rapists-in-waiting.

This milieu of rape hysteria in which we find ourselves stranded not only is terribly gender divisive because it encourages women to mistrust men, it also enables false rape accusers to spread their lies with automatic credibility. False accusers know that the very mention of rape instills not only fear but overwhelming anger in the vast majority of decent people; they also know that virtually any young man who is even accused of this vile act will be considered not just a plausible suspect but a presumed felon. This viral email is a manifestation of a culture where rape hysteria not only grows but flourishes.

Yes, rape occurs too frequently; but it is not rampant. Sadly, the originators of urban myths like this one are not the only ones spreading lies by insisting that it is. Far more dangerous are those radical gender feminists who perpetuate the myth that rape is a tool widely brandished by the supposed principal beneficiaries of "patriarchy" in order to subjugate women.

HERE IS THE NEWS STORY:

Viral e-mail spreads false crime information: Tale of powerful date-rape drug is making the rounds

By Paul Walton, Daily NewsMarch 11, 2009

A viral e-mail message about a topical incapacitating drug that has alarmed women in Nanaimo is not true, say police.

The message, prefaced by claiming it comes from Const. Jean-Francois Gelgerlblom of the Nanaimo RCMP, goes into a story about a woman at a gas station who accepts a business card from a man claiming to be a painter. He and another man follow her as she drives away, but she begins to feel faint and out of breath. When she drives into a driveway and begins honking, the pair drive off.

"Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her. This drug is called 'burundanga' and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of him/her," states the hoax.

It ends by urging the reader, in capital letters, "to send this e-mail alert to every woman you know."

Const. Gary O'Brien confirmed that the e-mail is a hoax . . . .

"It makes people think the RCMP is putting these e-mails out," said O'Brien.

Similar e-mails have also gone out about serious sexual assaults at Westwood Lake that police were unable to confirm.

O'Brien said though the burundanga e-mail is obviously a hoax, they have had some calls from the public. The problem then becomes people not knowing how to sort out real reports from such hoaxes.

"It does concern us," said O'Brien.

The hoax e-mail also states: "This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards. So take heed and make sure you don't accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets."

Burundanga, also known as scopalamine, is used for various medical reasons.

Information on the drug indicates that a person would have to drink or eat it to be incapacitated by it, and that a very small amount transferred to the fingers from a card would have little or no effect.

PWalton@nanaimodailynews.com

Link:
http://www.canada.com/Viral+mail+spreads+false+crime+information/1376631/story.html