Wednesday, June 15, 2011

False rape claims: increasingly a tool to skew the current economies of sex, where sex is cheaper than most women prefer

The cultural tenets governing sexual encounters have witnessed a sea change in recent years because of the loosening of sexual mores, the feminist-inspired norms that pressure young women to "party like the guys," and the explosion of birth control.

The experts tell us that men have a much easier time obtaining sex than they did in days long gone. "College campuses and urban areas are often dominated by women, which means that men can and will decide how much — or how little — they will exchange for sex."  Women who'd prefer to put a higher price tag on their sexuality are finding themselves locked out of the market. See here.

The results are all too predictable.  Women are having sex more often when they secretly are conflicted about it. We've frequently reported here about the proven gender "regret asymmetry" where young women have much higher levels of after-the-fact regret than men following sexual hook-ups.  Regret too often is transmogrified into feelings of being used, and feeling used too often metamorphoses into false rape claims.

Having studied the false rape phenomenon closely for a number of years, it is my conclusion that young women are increasingly resorting to false rape claims as an inappropriate method of skewing the current economies of sex, which favor men and which make sex cheaper than most women consciously or subconsciously prefer. Women are pressured by feminist-inspired norms to make themselves more available to men than ever, but they have also learned that crying rape after-the-fact is a culturally accepted, indeed feminist approved, antidote to sex they feel was too cheaply obtained.  Instead of saying "no" up front, women are retroactively saying "no" -- with false rape claims -- after-the-fact. The feminists who dominate the public discourse on rape because of their roles in what can aptly be called the sexual grievance industry tacitly, and sometimes overtly, approve of this antidote by their open tolerance of false rape claims. 

Where does this leave men, who have every legitimate right to depend on the woman's up-front assent?  We see where that leaves men every single day on this blog.

One cure is to enhance the value of female sexuality by decreasing the supply and thereby reduce both regret and false rape claims. That, of course, can never happen in a society where "slut walks" are celebrated as liberating events, where colleges excuse women from underage drinking charges so long as they report they were raped, and where false rape claims are routinely excused and implicitly encouraged. In short, it can never happen in a society that encourages young women to be promiscuous and to then tell rape lies when that promiscuity results in an unfavorable sexual experience.

The other cure is the one that every fair-minded person should endorse: charging every false rape claim, and enhancing the sentences for false rape claims so that women know if they tell a rape lie, they risk serious punishment.