Monday, May 24, 2010

An open letter to feminists opposing anonymity for men accused of rape

You were presented with a golden opportunity to show the world that your movement had matured beyond its man-hating "all men are rapists" and "men who are falsely accused can learn from the experience" period by embracing this announcement as a positive step for the falsely accused. Exactly how did you respond?

Dear feminists:

Please excuse me as I dispense with the pleasantries and polite introductions. Some of you, no doubt, will be finding this site for the first time. You will discover that it is among the few sites in the world devoted to advocating for persons who've been falsely accused of rape. The forgotten. The flotsam. The collateral damage in the war on rape. Many of you will think you know all about this site just from reading about our mission. You will assume we are angry, middle-aged men who are most likely divorced from women we've physically abused, and that we started this site to cling to our undeserved white male privilege. You will assume we think women should be barefoot, pregnant, and that men should be free to rape them with impunity.

We will not bother to dignify your hate, your foul prejudices, your childish metanarratives, with the truth.

We are frequently told by persons sympathetic to your mission that we are rash to judge feminism based on the hate screeds of their supposedly more radical sisters, "All men are rapists" and the like. We are told by some young women that feminism helps men, too. And some even insist that feminists don't approve of false rape accusations.

But here, in 2010, my dear sisters, we have seen the true face of feminism, and, when it comes to rape, it is downright evil. That is a fact, irrefutable and certain. And please excuse my bluntness.

How do I know this for certain? Late last week, the UK announced it would grant anonymity for men accused of rape. This will go a long way toward protecting men falsely accused of that awful crime, because false rape accusations destroy men as no other crime is capable of doing. This site chronicles the horror stories of men falsely accused, and our feminist sisters would do well to spend several weeks reading through this site to see how our present system destroys innocent men and boys. Anonymity will help alleviate much of their pain.

You were thus presented with a golden opportunity to show the world that your movement had matured beyond its man-hating "all men are rapists" and "men who are falsely accused can learn from the experience" period by embracing this announcement as a positive step for the falsely accused.

I have not seen a single feminist speak out in favor of this announcement. Not one.

I have seen innumerable feminists speak out with misplaced rage about it. Much like the rage they expressed when it was announced that the three Duke lacrosse players were innocent of the crime of rape.

You can try to rationalize your anger all you want with self-righteous prevarications with statistics. Spare me. I know the stats a lot better than you do, and I don't lie about them. The fact is, you are angry that any help is being given to the falsely accused because the falsely accused are almost entirely male, and your goal -- let us be completely up front -- is to shame and punish an entire gender, even the innocent men and boys falsely accused of rape, because of what a tiny percentage of evil males do. Many of you would have preferred to see Crystal Gail Mangum brutally raped than to see three "privileged" white boys declared innocent. And please don't deny it.

You are practicing a cult of man-hating and have declared yourselves our enemies. You can help prove me wrong by embracing anonymity for the presumptively innocent accused of rape. I am sure you won't. Hatred this strong isn't so quickly remedied.

But men and the women who care about them must declare war on this cult of hatred.