Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Add Anne Theriault to the list of anti-intellectual writers who assume a man is a rapist just because a woman said so

Read it here, if you have the stomach.

This goes way beyond "wrong," or "stupid," or "unjust."  To assume Woody Allen is a rapist, as this proud feminist does, is downright evil. Yes, evil.

Are you noticing a trend here?

*Jessica Valenti

*Roxane Gay

Where are the fair-minded feminists? Seriously. Are there any fair-minded feminists out there who will take issue with this idiocy?


2 comments:

  1. Don't forget Amanda Marcotte:
    In the Court of Public Opinion Let's Try Preponderance of Evidence as the Standard
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/04/in-the-court-of-public-opinion-lets-try-preponderance-of-evidence-as-the-standard/

    She also possibly makes up a statistic??? She writes: "the FBI estimates that only 2-8% of rape reports are false." She links to another article, which links to the Enliven Project, which cites the The Voice - False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute Non-Stranger Sexual Assault (2009,vol3,#1) - http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/the_voice_vol_3_no_1_2009.pdf

    The Voice writes, "estimates for the percentage of false reports begin to converge around 2-8%" and cites false rape reporting rates from 6 studies: 7%(MAD), 6%(Clark&Lewis), 8.3%(Grace&Loyd&Smith), 10.9%(Harris&Grace), 8 or 2.5%(Kelly&Lovett&Regan) and 2.1%(Heenan&Murray). That doesn't really seem to "converge" around 2-8%. Most of it is a lot closer to 8% or higher than 2%. More importantly, none of these studies appear to be from the FBI. Only the first one is even from the USA.

    The only place I found a remotely similar statistic from the FBI was in the 1995 UCR Crime in the U.S. report, which states: "The “unfounded” rate, or percentage of complaints determined through investigation to be false, is higher for forcible rape than for any other Index crime. In 1995, 8 percent of forcible rape complaints were “unfounded,” while the average for all Index crimes was 2 percent." (Uniform Crime Report, Crime in the US, section 2, pg24). 8%, not 2-8%.

    The FBI found the exact same thing in the 1996 (sec2,pg26) & 1997 (sec2,pg26) UCRs. However, I can't find any mention of "unfounded" rape reports in any UCR starting from 1998.
    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr-publications

    Has the FBI ever actually given this statistic Marcotte cites or is Marcotte just making up statistics about rape?

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  2. "Where are the fair-minded feminists? Seriously. Are there any fair-minded feminists out there who will take issue with this idiocy?"

    I can answer that question for you, Pierce.

    Fair-minded and Feminists in the same sentance is the very defintion of an Oxymoron. So no.
    It goes against the very fabric of there belief system: Patriarchal Theory. It's like trying to convince Christians that Judaism is the correct way or to convience Athethist that God exists or vice-versa. Just Impossible. I know it is a very simple response, but that is what the whole thing boils down to.

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