Seriously, this woman is fucked in the head. Check out what she wrote in Pandagon (aka: The Crazy Bitch Gazette):
Rape apologists generally claim their motive is not to excuse rape but to protect the innocent who are falsely accused. But what happens when they are forced to choose between protecting an innocent man and trying to shame and silence a woman out of telling her story? You will not be surprised, dear readers, to learn that even if it means making life hell for some random guy who didn’t do anything wrong, rape apologists will choose to shame and silence rape victims, every single time.
That’s what is happening in the case of Lena Dunham, who has outraged conservatives by writing a memoir in which she says that she was sexually assaulted. Since the right is increasingly wed to the claim that rape isn’t a real thing that really happens— except maybe once in a blue moon and only by strangers climbing through windows (and sometimes not even then)—a bunch of idiots have been trying to prove Dunham is lying about it, through the strategy of pretending that if you can’t remember what color the wallpaper was from this thing that happened 10 years ago, you must be lying. Dunham, being a non-idiot who understands brains are biological organs and not video cameras, has been upfront about the fact that some of her memories are hazy and that the details are more memoiristic than a court-ready testimony. But no matter, rape apologists were determined to poke holes in the story as if it were court testimony, because the goal here is to scare women out of speaking up about rape.
There is more of that at the link, but it doesn’t get any saner and there is nothing to indicate she was just being sarcastic. She is bark at the moon insane. Amanda Marcotte is a Rape Truther.
Rape Truthers believe that all men are either rapists or rape enablers, and that rape victims never lie. They believe that we live in a “rape culture” where rape is normalized as part of a systematic effort by The Patriarchy to subjugate women.
For obvious reasons, virtually all Rape Truthers are women. Rape Truthers are a subset of radical feminists, and Rape Trutherism is quasi-religious feminist cult. It goes without saying that they are Progressives and they hate men, but I’ll say it anyway.
Given a choice between punishing an innocent man and hurting a rape victim, Amanda Marcotte would choose punishing the man. In her twisted mind that makes sense.
Here’s another example of Rape Trutherism:
Ebola, ISIS and Ferguson grabbed the headlines in 2014, but there is another huge story that should not be overlooked. Historians could look back on this year as the beginning of feminism’s third wave.
The year was momentous for feminism. For the first time, rape victims and their supporters emerged from the shadows in significant numbers and started naming names — to significant effect. Women, their voices amplified by social media and with the support of a small but growing cohort of men, have been exposing and shaming venerable American institutions such as the NFL, Ivy League and non-Ivy League colleges, and the entertainment icon Bill Cosby.
First wave feminists won the right to vote. The second wave got us the right to work. But even with those advances, women have remained fundamentally restricted by the threat and terrible secret of sexual assault.
That was Nina Burleigh. Here is Melissa McEwan:
The Washington Post, which has been leading the charge on discrediting Jackie, the woman at the center of Rolling Stone’s story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, has published another piece asserting that Jackie is a liar, this time interviewing the three friends who Jackie called for help. Jackie recalls their being unsupportive. The friends insist that was not the case.
That a survivor and hir support network might have different recollections following a trauma does not necessarily mean that any of them are consciously lying. It is eminently possible that friends could voice concerns about the fallout of reporting that they don’t remember as being callous (or don’t remember at all), and that a survivor remembers clearly, differently.
Sometimes people who fail a survivor in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault put a different spin on what happened not just because they don’t want to admit they failed, but also because they don’t want the survivor to feel like they didn’t care. It’s a weird but common instinct to try to protect someone from your own inadequacies after the fact, to insist you cared in that moment, and to excise from your narrative anything that might suggest you didn’t. Because maybe you really did care—even if you still fucked up anyway.
The comments at Shakesville are even worse. Now here is a little dose of reality:
A new report on sexual assault released today by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officially puts to bed the bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are victims of sexual assault. In fact, non-students are 25 percent more likely to be victims of sexual assault than students, according to the data. And the real number of assault victims is several orders of magnitude lower than one-in-five.
The full study, which was published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within DOJ, found that rather than one in five female college students becoming victims of sexual assault, the actual rate is 6.1 per 1,000 students, or 0.61 percent (instead of 1-in-5, the real number is 0.03-in-5). For non-students, the rate of sexual assault is 7.6 per 1,000 people.
I can hear the Rape Truthers screaming already. “Those are just reported rapes! Everybody knows that 80% of rapes go unreported!”
The fact is that “80% unreported” stat is almost as sketchy as the “1 in 5 college women will be raped” claim. But even if it was true that would mean that the rate was about 30 per 1000 students, or 3%, which is a huge difference from a rate of 20%.
Even one rape is too many, but there is no evidence of a widespread rape culture. As a matter of fact, the rate of rape incidents has been decreasing over the past 20 years, just like all violent felonies in this country.
But don’t tell that to the Rape Truthers. They’ll accuse you of rape denial.