Monday, October 24, 2011

Joe, why don't you tell the truth about rape?

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden engaged in monstrously irresponsible politicking by asserting, with evidence that would be laughed out of any court in America, that rape would rise in Flint, Michigan if the GOP blocked the Obama jobs bill, which would result in more cops being hired.  He belligerently defended his fear-mongering when a journalist questioned him about it by chiding, "Don't screw around with me."

Of course, it's Joe who's been screwing around with the American people on this issue.  The Washington Post branded his crass fear-mongering what it is: bullshit.

Even if Joe had sufficient evidence to link a supposed surge of rape with a loss of cops in Flint--and the Post suggests he doesn't--"it is likely one of many factors that affects the crime rate, not the single one, as Biden suggests. The FBI itself lists more than a dozen variables in what causes crime to increase in a community."  See here.

So why didn't Joe mention the other variables?

Because the other variables don't advance any immediate agenda Joe Biden has any interest in furthering, that's why. 

So what else is new?  The truth about rape is rarely discussed. The people who dominate the public discourse on rape won't discuss these other variables because they don't advance any agenda these people seek to further. Among other variables for increased crime cited by the FBI are the following:

*Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability;

*Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics;  and 

*Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness.

It is no secret to anyone interested in eradicating serious criminality that rape offenders are disproportionately found among the lower socioeconomic classes, persons mired in a cistern of hopelessness and dependency. They are typically under-educated, under-employed, and under-skilled.

This, of course, doesn't fit the preferred narrative of persons like Jessica Valenti, who once posited: "Rape is part of our culture; it's normalized to the point where men who are otherwise decent guys will rape and not even think that it's wrong. And that's what terrifies me."

The persons who control the public discourse on rape would have us believe there is no typical rapist but that all of masculinity is infected by "rape culture," and that our college campuses -- relatively safe venues by any measure -- are hotbeds of male sexual predatory misconduct, even though they aren't.

They would prefer us to believe that the supposedly "undeservedly privileged," white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, hetero, upper-middle class, Christian, college athlete, from an intact family is just as likely--hell, more likely--to rape as a kid living without a father in the throes of poverty.

There is no question that some white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, hetero, upper-middle class, Christian, college athletes from intact families are rapists. But they are rare.

The rape problem isn't fueled by imaginary "rape culture."  And it isn't fueled by "toxic masculinity." It's largely fueled by the absence of masculinity; specifically, the absence of masculine role models in fatherless households. Fatherlessness is a problem largely ignited by dubious social engineering dating to the Great Society when women with children were paid so long as no father was present.

While a bunch of angry young white women feel perfectly empowered to shout misandry into bullhorns on Dartmouth's and similar safe campuses, if they were really concerned about rape, they would take their shtick to the inner city.

The fact is, too many of them aren't interested in the truth. They blithely conflate the truth with their politicized agendas. They are happy to wallow in a self-created victimhood where they can believe that middle and upper-middle class American males control society, are ignorant, evil, and so imbued in "rape culture" that they deserve the badge of "rapists."