Friday, August 28, 2009

Susan Faludi debunked one of the great false rape claims of our time, but she drew the wrong conclusion from it

Feminist Susan Faludi, of all people, debunked one of the great false rape claims of modern times in "The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America." According to Faludi, in Rick Bragg's book about Jessica Lynch, "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story,"Bragg states: "The records also show that she was a victim of anal sexual assault."

According to Faludi, however, "Lynch had no such memory of . . . any . . . aspect of this alleged ordeal."

In Faludi's words at page 249: "'I didn't remember any sexual assault,' she told me. I still don't, to this day. I haven't had any flashback or memory of it or anything.' . . . . Lynch was adamantly opposed to including the rape claim in the book. 'I definitely did not want that in there,' she told me. But, she said, Bragg eventually wore her down. 'He told me that people need to know that this can happen to women soldiers.'" Among other things, Faludi quotes the first doctor to examine Lynch after her rescue: "There is no way she could have been raped." (Page 250.)

Faludi notes that the press jumped on the alleged rape claim as gospel truth. Her point, of course, is to "prove" that our culture is misogynistic because we fabricate a false rape claim simply to buttress the myth of the helpless damsel in need of men, and so on and so forth. You know that shtick.

It is well that Ms. Faludi debunked this false rape claim, but, of course, she drew exactly the wrong conclusion from it. It isn't a misogynistic culture that creates false rape claims, Ms. Faludi. It is a misandric culture. We invite you to spend several days reviewing the true life accounts of false rape claims on this website, and the objective, scholarly pieces we link to. They demonstrate that the problem of false rape claims is caused by the women who make them, and the radical feminists who foment a false rape culture that enables and gives instant credibility to every claim of rape, no matter how far-fetched or false it may be. Ms. Faludi should seriously ask herself, which group in our society insists that women don't lie about rape when, in fact, they do? Which group insists that rape is rampant when it isn't? And which group insists that women need to "take back the night" from mostly imaginary rapists when, in fact, innocent males are victims of assault to a far greater extent? Hint: it isn't the dreaded "misogynists." It's people much like you, Ms. Faludi.

Jessica Lynch apparently, and to her great credit, sought to no avail to keep the rape claim out of Mr. Bragg's book. The fact that Mr. Bragg included it anyway; the fact that he could assert with a straight face that people need to know that this can happen to women soldiers; and the fact that so many people accepted it as true, is testimony to the marvelous job that radical feminists have done to fan the flames of rape hysteria and demonize males.

Thanks for debunking the Lynch rape claim, Ms. Faludi. Now go back and rethink the lessons of that false claim. If you are honest with yourself, you will find that it is misandry, not misogyny, that underlies it.