I’m writing this because I’m just damn tired of being branded a rapist by the doctrine of feminist philosophy. This is going to be a rant, but one that will be supported by facts and reason. There will be emotive language in this post, but those emotions will be backed by logic and reality.
First off, all reasonable men, including the ones who identify themselves as “feminists,” should be deeply offended by the prevailing ideas regarding the male population and the crime of rape. Those ideas can be summed up by three concepts that are continuously put forth in the majority of feminist-supported platforms, including the US government by way of VAWA:
- One in four women are victims of rape.
- There is a culture of rape that permeates human society even to the modern day.
- Nearly all rape victims know their attacker.
Without taking the time to disprove these individual ideas, I can say that combined, these three ideas support one other underlying and frightening concept that is being put forth as “fact:”
Rape is not an action that is symptomatic of criminal or deviant behavior but something that is causal of being male.
Let me state this in another manner; the feminist philosophers and thinkers have disassociated the concept of rape with deviant behavior and re-associated it with being a facet of typical male behavior. The logical extension of this thinking (which has been stated in many feminist dialogs) is that any male can be a rapist granted motive and opportunity. One of the core documents of feminist philosophy, “Against Our Will” by Susan Brownmiller clearly states these ideas and promotes them as fact. Take this passage for example:
“Man’s discovery that his genitalia could serve as a weapon to generate fear must rank as one of the most important discoveries of prehistoric times, along with the use of fire and the first crude stone axe. From prehistoric times to the present, I believe, rape has played a critical function…it is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.”
Read that passage again and consider what it says. Brownmiller is citing that “all men” consciously use rape as a tool. This is dangerous thinking and symptomatic of what is wrong with some divisions of feminist thought.
More dangerous thinking includes the infamous “one in four” statistic. I won’t get into how Mary Koss’ data collection methods purposely skewed the results to get her results. There are several websites that clearly dissect the reality of the “one in four” myth, but because of feminist political and social manipulation, any attempt to question this idea is immediately dismissed as “enabling rape,” “victim blaming,” or collectively as “misogynistic rhetoric.” Currently, now that flawed statistic has been adopted part and parcel within the arena of academia as now it is being claimed that this specifically applies to women who attend colleges and universities across America. If these people had their way, then the most horrific thing you could do is to send your daughter away to college, as it is almost mathematically certain that she will become a victim of rape. Universities are now afraid to counter those statistics for fear of being branded a “tool of the patriarchy.”
But here is the other thing; some feminists are changing the definition of rape in an attempt to vilify men and while doing so, discredit the viewpoints millions of Western women who have no problem with having sex with their chosen male partners. They have already absolved women from any responsibility for their sexual behavior while under the influence of alcohol. If after a drunken evening, a man unexpectedly wakes up in bed with a woman that he doesn’t remember meeting, it is just something we as men have to deal with and we have to accept whatever consequences which have resulted from the drunken encounter. But if a woman wakes up with a man she doesn’t remember meeting after a night of drinking, then she only has to cry rape and she is “absolved” of all other consequences of her behavior except for the biological ones (i.e. infection with a venereal disease, pregnancy).
The fact is that men have no out in regards to the consequences of a drunk hookup; all they can do is either pretend that it did not happen, or own up to the mistake and move on; they have nobody to blame for the situation other than the alcohol and their own lack of judgment. Women on the other hand have the agency (backed by law) to blame men for their situation rather than accept the possible truth that their own activity has led to their consequences.
Just recently in Utah, a man was arrested for rape; now here are the details. The victim met the man in a bar. The victim had imbibed a considerable quantity of alcohol. The victim agreed to take the man home. The man offered the victim a pill (revealed to be a prescription medication) and the victim accepted the pill willingly. The victim fell asleep but woke to find herself engaged in sexual intercourse with the man. She fell asleep again and then awoke again to find herself completely undressed. Now, while we have to acknowledge that the man in question was wrong for his actions in having non-consensual sex with the victim while she was incapacitated due to the drug, where does her responsibility come into play? She willingly brought the man to her home and willingly accepted a controlled substance (the pill) from a man she did not know and accepted at his word what the substance would do (which it did…he did not lie).
But when law enforcement agencies/organizations start campaigns to encourage women to be more careful and take more responsibility for their safety when they go out drinking, feminists choose to interpret this as an attack on women and “victim blaming.” They choose to interpret these studies and warnings as an attack on the victim, even though such research is simply attributing the consequences of an action.
If a person walks down the street openly displaying a large amount of money and gets robbed, while the robber is still at fault for his crime, the victim’s lack of caution presented the criminal with an opportunity. Criminals are the ultimate opportunists; when they see the chance to commit a crime, they will act upon it. Criminals should be punished for their crimes; I have no question in my mind about that fact. But that does not preclude the need for caution and the feminist drive to absolve women from their need for that caution is dangerous to say the least. And following that flawed logic, if women choose to ignore that caution and as a result rapes increase, their agenda is supported.
By the way and on the subject of “victim blaming,” this is the 21st Century; we are no longer collectively claiming that female rape victims are responsible for their becoming victims. There are countless resources available for victims of rape to receive counseling and support for their plight. While there are still individuals who continue to promote that flawed thinking, that is not the same as asking pointed questions regarding a rape investigation to determine what happened. There is no conspiracy which is promoting the idea that men should get away with rape, but what has happened is that the pendulum of justice has swung to the opposite extreme.
There has always been a historical injustice involved with adjudication of the crime of rape. In the United States alone, we have been through periods of history where women in general have incapable of receiving justice after being raped, African American men have been systematically considered “guilty until proven innocent” of the crime of raping a White woman, while the raping of an African slave by a White male was considered a social norm, and now we are living in a society where any male who has been accused of rape is automatically tried and found guilty by society at large and their judgment is often carried over into the municipal courts. Only now with the advent of genetic-based science being applied to crime scene investigation techniques as well as the advent of new communication/electronic presence devices (i.e. the Hofstra Case) are we starting to see the truth behind a number of rape cases. Men who were railroaded into jail because of rape accusations are now being released based upon DNA evidence placing them away from the crime scene. Other cases are being thrown out because electronically-derived evidence is being produced to either place the accused away from the crime scene or prove that the accuser has ulterior motives regarding her accusation. But even with these items, feminist supporters are crying for these items to be dismissed as a number of them still hold to the idea that women are incapable of lying about rape.
Another piece of ill-logic that is applied to men and rape is that while a child molester (regardless of gender) is seen as “mentally unbalanced,” a rapist is being portrayed as just “one of the guys.” Part of this is based upon the Koss study which many researchers use as a metric (albeit flawed) to base their research upon. Both rapists and child molesters display the same predatory behavior (though the rapist who targets adult women is allowed a broader freedom based upon the simple fact that their chosen prey is legally accessible for sexual activity). There are other traits that both predators share in their behavior. One trait is the “grooming” of the victim. Feminists will quickly tote out the fact that most rape victims know their attacker. If you compare this to a child molester grooming their victim, then it makes sense. The predator picks out his or her victim and then tries to get to know their victim in a twisted form of courtship, which eventually leads to the actual molestation/rape. In addition, though criminal psychologists have typically classified all other forms of criminal behavior as being symptomatic of a greater socio-psychological deviance, there is a concerted effort by the feminist lobby to avoid defining the rape of an adult female as deviant behavior by a male perpetrator.
We have to ask ourselves one question; what is there to be gained by this systematic drive to vilify men across the spectrum? Regardless of the answer to this question, it has to be understood that there is something very wrong going on here and I’m damn tired of seeing it go on. I am tired of being vilified because I am male. Then you have groups like “Men Can Stop Rape” who tote out feminist-inspired propaganda and attempt to guilt the men who attend into accepting the burden for all men that “rape is what men do.”
I am not a rapist and damn you all for saying different. Furthermore, as a victim of a false rape accusation and an African American male, as well as by the virtue of the dead African American men of Tulsa Oklahoma, Rosewood Florida, and every other place in this country where a Black man has been lynched/murdered because of the lie of a White woman, I have the right to this rant.
I’m done for now and if you want to post a response, feel free.