Wednesday, August 5, 2009

'Even false rape charges are helpful in advancing a dialogue about violence against women'

Excerpt from Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care:

"In 1999, a bizarre case at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst brought home how rape hysteria and irrational feminism combine to breed a dangerous anti-male mind-set in our culture. In November, three women said they were assaulted on campus, two claiming to have been raped. Five hundred students convened on November 16 to protest what was being bill as a culture of violence against women. Right in the middle of this passionate show of solidarity, yet another victim materialized ex machina. A thirty-year-old woman, her face streaked with blood, ran up to police and said she had been assaulted at knifepoint. Slow-mo to December 3, and thewoman's lawyer issued a statement saying she had made up the attack and had inflicted her own wounds.

"What was most intereting about the Amherst case was the reaction of feminist organizations when the knifepoint rape was confirmed false. They said even false rape charges are helpful in advancing a dialogue about violence against women. Just because it didn't happen doesn't mean it couldn't happen."

Kathleen Parker, Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care at 32 (2008).