My Articles for The False Rape Society -- Part One

Back in 2010 or so, I answered a call for writers issued by Pierce Harlan, owner of a blog title The False Rape Society. The blog existed to showcase the prevalence and type of false accusations of rape, primarily as they appeared in news reports, and related subjects.  He was looking for someone to write about rape culture. I didn't know anything about it, and I thought learning about it might make for some good articles for the FRS blog, so I sent him an e-mail.

He took me up on it. If memory serves, I was to write an article every other week, to appear on Fridays, although that was changed to weekly at some point. I already knew I did not do well writing under deadlines, and I lasted a little over a year. Part of the way through my time with the FRS, my subject matter was enlarged from Rape Culture 101 or Gender 101. I wrote about forty articles.

The archives of The False Rape Society are still online, although the comments have been removed. In 2013, the blog was moved ant the named changed to The Community of the Wrongly Accused. Visit, follow the links below:

The False Rape Society        ~        The Community of the Wrongly Accused

I will gradually post my articles from The False Rape Society here, and will create a hyperlinked index as time allows. 



 

Deconstructing the rape-culture mindset: Rape Culture 101

FRS welcomes our newest member of the troupe, brilliant writer Connie Chastain.

Connie Chastain is a former staff writer for The Florida Sun, (now the Independent News), a newsweekly published in the late 1990s by former Congressman Joe Scarborough, currently the star of "Morning Joe" on MS-NBC. 

"Read Cover to Cover, Never Bound by the Truth" said the little slogan in the top left corner of the cover. Chastain's articles were all nonfiction and ran the gamut from travel to current events and chemtrails to Bigfoot in Dixie. 

Born in Georgia, Chastain grew up a preacher's kid in Alabama, attended Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) and married a Louisiana boy. 

She currently resides with her husband of 30+ years in L.A. (Lower Alabama -- aka, the Florida panhandle).

Her blog is http://conniechastain.blogspot.com/

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Rape Culture 101

The notion that a "rape culture" exists in the United States or the west, or all over Planet Earth, is fairly new to me. Although I've been opposed to feminism since the second wave forced itself on my attention in the 60s and 70s, I didn't always listen to the specifics of feminist claims.

I'm listening now, and from what I'm hearing, I believe that "rape culture" is a knowing construct, as dubious as Mary Koss's infamous "one-in-four" figure -- i.e., her 1985 claim that one in four women are the victims of rape or attempted rape. 

When Archivist posted a "Call for Writers" notice several days ago, a couple of ideas occurred to me. Begin my education on what feminists say the rape culture is and see what people working within the rape-culture notion think and write about it, and how such beliefs impact the phenomena of false rape accusations.

What I discover will be covered in weekly essays posted at The False Rape Society blog.

I know what you're thinking. How objective can an anti-feminist be? Well, I'd have to say at least as objective as feminists who trumpet the one-in-four myth, who defend false accusers (i.e., always referred to as "victims") on the basis that women "deserve" the right to behave promiscuously "just like men" without consequences, and who consistently fall back on the claim that patriarchy (i.e., men) are total evil.

It looks like I'm in for quite an education. My thanks to Archivist for the opportunity to post my "enlightenment" here. 
 


Rape Culture 101 -- The Underlying Victim Mentality 

Rape culture is a term used within women's studies and feminism, describing a culture in which rape and other sexual violence (usually against women) are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media condone, normalize, excuse, or encourage sexualized violence. (Wikipedia)

In my approach to the study of the mentality behind claims of rape culture, Wikipedia's entry is a good place to start. The term, "within women's studies and feminism," effectively eliminates most everyone else; i.e., you don't often hear normal folks talking about rape culture. 

At least part of the mentality you find "within women's studies and feminism" is that of victimhood. Let me give you an example. 

A couple of years ago, somebody posted in a chat group a link to an article titled "Misogyny, the Hatred of Women, Is Pervasive in US" by David Whitfield. Originally published in The Olympian, which appears to be the daily newspaper of record for Olympia, Washington, the article had been reprinted in an ultra-leftist e-zine, truthout.

If you can get past the breathtaking effrontery of the title (American women enjoy perhaps the cushiest female existence on the planet, created and supported almost exclusively by men), the article is still posted at truthout, in all its emotionally manipulative glory, for those who want to slog through it.

A couple of things you notice right away when reading this sort of propaganda. One, there's no balance (not a syllable about the 60/40 female-to-male ratio on college campuses; not a word about boys victimized by the educational system; no acknowledgment that divorce and child custody laws are slanted in favor of women; no mention of men dying earlier). Two, what happens to women is overwhelmingly bad (abused by boyfriends or husbands, tied down with children during their most productive years, denied advancement in their jobs and, of course, raped). 

In other words, women are victims; men cannot be victims because they are victimizers. These are prerequisites for belief that rape culture exists. 

Now. A disclaimer (not needed for thinking folks, just for the kneejerk emotionalists): Acknowledging that most American women enjoy the highest quality of life in the world does not negate the reality that some of them suffer negatives in their lives (as do many men). Similarly, acknowledging that rape exits doesn't negate the reality that false rape accusations occur -- except, perhaps, in the minds of those who accept the notion that rape culture exists, and we live in it.

Links to pages referenced in this piece:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_culture
http://www.truthout.org/article/david-whitfield-hatred-women-is-pervasive-us 

*Connie is a regular contributor to FRS. Her principal blog is http://conniechastain.blogspot.com/ 
Posted by Archivist at Friday, April 30, 2010


Rape Culture 101 -- The true purpose of rape culture claims 
 

I don't believe the rape culture exists. It's a total fabrication of those who knowingly concoct it and a delusion for those who genuinely believe -- or perhaps a hallucination. 

In any case, we're told that rape culture is a particularly heinous tool of the patriarchy for subjugating women. It uses fear and intimidation to keep women psychologically unable to achieve status and power, thus enabling men to maintain their positions atop the hierarchy.

But everything I've encountered in feminist writings designed to persuade me of its existence fall short. Why? Because they presume to speak for others. They attempt to tell me what's in the minds of millions of men they don't know. They presume to tell me what motivates the general public and society itself. They even try to tell me what I think.

Unfortunately for them, I don't consider feminists writings to be reliable sources of information about those they consider to be their critics and opponents.

Another reason I don't buy into the existence of rape culture is because it falls so far short of fulfilling its purported purpose. 

Consider that the number of men who rape, the number of rapes that occur, the number of women raped (far fewer than the thoroughly debunked one-in-four figure) aren't enough to keep women too cowed to achieve. I mean, really. How many scared women do you know?

Despite the reality of rape (and crime in general) women do achieve -- whether you agree it's always a good thing or not. Women are the overlords of primary, secondary and higher education in the USA and they dominate college enrollment. They comprise the majority of the workforce. They do most of the consumer spending and shape the popular culture. They're the beneficaries of sex-based legislation and mountains of government spending. The list goes on and on.

If the real deal doesn't result in what's claimed, how can make-believe -- even well coordinated, and widely trumpeted make-believe --succeed at it? 

It can't. And therein lies a clue to the true purpose of rape culture claims. Basically, rape culture was invented not to explain women's fear-based lack of achievement, but to portray men as heartless oppressors. It is a tool of feminism designed to foster animosity toward men, because the foundation of feminism is the hatred of men, it's goal female supremacy. The rape culture fable is making much more headway with its true purpose.

Yes, I know not every feminist embraces the goal of female supremacy, nor do they all plant their patent leather stilletos firmly upon the hatred of men. But knowingly or not, they are reinforcing the foundation and advancing the goal. 

The constant carping about rape culture is indeed making headway. The increasing reports of false rape accusations recorded on this blog document it. Hopefully, The False Rape Society will also serve to blunt its advance. Kudos to Pierce Harlan, E. Steven Berkimer, contributors, commenters and readers for their efforts.
 
 


Rape Culture 101 -- The Origins

So, how long has rape culture been around?  Has it always existed?  If not, when did it start and under what circumstances?  Did folks just wake up one morning and there it was?

I've surfed the net a bit, trying to answer this question, and finally found one post at a blog titled "Feminist Whore" (lovely, huh?) with a tad of information on the origins of the term, "rape culture." 

It seems the phrase dates to a 1974 documentary film about ... prison rape.

There's a curious thing about this blog post, though. Feminist orthodoxy has claimed for decades that rape is not about sex, it's about power.  The blog notes, however, that this was "the first documentary to establish the relationship between rape and our culture’s sexual fantatasies (sic)."  How can that be, if rape is about power, not sex?

And besides, I'm looking for the origins of rape culture, not the terminology used to describe or identify it. 

I think it's safe to say the concept of rape culture did not exist before the 1970s.  Its appearance coincides with the rise of second-wave feminism and begins to make itself known in the era of "Take Back the Night" extravaganzas.

Apparently, the idea behind Take Back the Night was that a woman alone cannot walk safely after dark. But I've always wondered -- take the night back ... where?  When has the night ever been safe?  Darkness has always been a cover for evil deeds, and it isn't just women who are menaced by the dangers lurking in the shadows.  Nevertheless, these night-reclaiming organizations and activities assume the woman-as-victim position that underlies feminism.

So did rape culture -- defined as elements of society that encourage rape or sexual assault of women by depicting them as normal or acceptable -- exist before second wave feminism and nobody realized it? Did it come into existence because women began to assert their independence about that time?  Who created it?  The patriarchy, which appears to be responsible for all that ails Planet Earth?  Or have women themselves played a role in the creation and maintenance of said rape culture?

Tracking down the origins of rape culture will comprise research for future essays.  Interesting, though, that an idea so pervasive requires one to undertake research and inquiry in order to pinpoint its beginning.  Considering the multitude of women's studies departments in academia, the feminist press and the influence of feminism on news and entertainment media, you'd think that the origins of something this important would be well-documented and easily located.A quick Google search should turn up everything you'd want to know about it.

Well, it doesn't.

By contrast, if false rape accusation can be termed a "culture", the first recorded instance of it  can be traced to antiquity, to about 1500 BCE in Egypt.  We all know the story that has come down to us, preserved in Scripture.  Joseph, a good-looking young man, a Hebrew slave in the service of Potiphar, officer of the Pharaoh, catches the eye of Mrs. Potiphar.  She attempts to seduce him, he resists, she cries rape and Joseph gets thrown in prison....

It's a story as old as the sands of Egypt, as recent as today's news cycle.
 

Links referred to in this post:
Feminist Whore
http://feministwhore.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/the-origin-of-the-term-rape-culture/


Rape Culture 101 -- Facts Are Hard to Pin Down

There is no epidemic of rape, no rape culture, just as hatred of women is not pervasive in the USA. That's what I believe, based on observable evidence. Rape is a crime, well-defined in most statutes, as are the penalties for it. It is an awful crime and to mythologize it for socio-political purposes is to show little or no sympathy for the actual victims of rape.

Judging by what we can learn from the cases documented on this blog, people who falsely accuse someone of rape (usually a woman accusing a man) do so for extremely selfish reasons, and without regard for (a) truth and (b) the consequences of their lie on the falsely accused, and others.

But "rape culture" is something else entirely. While there's a certain element of selfishness in the victim mentality, rape culture is a construct fabricated for one primary purpose: the stereotyping of both sexes to the advantage of one. Women are victims, men are victimizers. The brutal rapist serving thirty years in a penitentiary is everyman. He differs from the fellow who passes you on the street only because the latter either hasn't had the opportunity yet, or hasn't been caught.

The reason I don't buy into the rape culture is because it engages in the blanket evilization of men, just as its overarching philosophy, feminism, does. That's why there is such resistance in feminist circles to acknowledging anything good about men.

Look at a typical feminist website. The ones that acknowledge this fact--that the vast majority of men are not rapists--are few and far between. Do these feminists not know that most rape laws designed to protect women were written by men, enforced by men, and the crime of rape is largely prosecuted by men? That throughout history, when women were protected from rape, men were doing the protecting?

In the United States, the number of men who rape is probably vanishingly small. I say probably because an actual figure is difficult to pin down with on-line searches. Oh, you can find all kinds of statistics, particularly those expressed as percentages (such-and-such percent of rapists are repeaters, thus-and-so percent knew their victims, etc., etc., etc.).

But if you want to know how many of the 144 million men in the USA are rapists, good luck trying to pin it down. The search for the figure has been so maddening for me, I've thrown in the towel and I'm issuing a challenge to the readers of The False Rape Society. If you know of, or can find, a reasonably reliable web source with this figure, please post it in the comments.

I'm not hopeful you'll have any more luck than I did because true believers in the rape culture aren't interested in realities like data and statistics. My guess is that the number of male rapists is a small fraction of the number of men in the United States and the fraction is not threatening enough to besmirch the vast number of American men who do not rape. Therefore, others ways must be found to besmirch them. One of them -- voila!-- is rape culture, which can encompass whatever a feminists decide to build into it, up to and including, the kitchen sink.

Well, okay, I'm being a smartaleck. I haven't found a feminist site that includes kitchen sinks as an element of rape culture. But what is included is quite breathtaking. And what it all boils down and adds up to is the slander of men.

Regardless of the talk about empowerment, choice, rights, opportunity for women and other window dressing, ad nauseum, misandry is the heart and soul of feminism, and the motivation behind the rape culture construct.


The Patriarchy I Grew Up With

Perhaps by now, regular readers of The False Rape Society may be wondering about my adamant opposition to feminism. In the interest of disclosure, here's a bit of background.

I grew up surrounded by a sea of good, honorable, gentlemanly men (and very good women, too, despite their not being feminists) -- men of principle, high-minded men who exercised self-control and who had huge hearts full of love, men who continuously did good things for others, and not for praise or honor, because most of it was unknown and unacknowledged except to a few others. 

These were ordinary men untouched by celebrity, unacknowledged by the world -- men who lived quiet lives in small towns in the South, who worked at a variety of occupations and earned various incomes. Among the hundreds upon hundreds of wonderful, loving men in the churches where my daddy preached when I was growing up, there were a few bad apples; I can count them on my fingers.

The eight or ten bad apples I knew personally are the only men feminism would look at.  It would try to smear all men with the deeds of those few.  It's the same thing with patriarchy. All they want to look at is the bad it "caused." But when it comes to good things...well, look at the way feminists refuse to acknowledge the good men have done, including things that greatly benefitted women, and that they would have gotten no other way. 

I acknowledge and respect the differences between men and women and I don't denigrate men for being the way God made them. But I don't engage in male-hero worship. I do love, respect and honor men who are loving, respectable and honorable, and even some who aren't, when caught up in circumstances beyond their control. And I don't try to smear all men, or maleness, with the bad deeds of some, as feminism does.

That's why I have so little respect for feminism. I'm much more willing to acknowledge the few good things it has produced for women -- far more than feminists are willing to credit men's accomplishments. But just because some good things resulted from feminist efforts doesn't mean I have to swallow every chunk of bitter falsehood they're trying to cram down my throat.

Like claims of rape culture.  

Patriarchy has some bad aspects--it's an institution of flawed humans and cannot help being flawed--but it is not the total evil feminism would have us believe.  I will always be grateful to those wonderful, honorable men of my youth, who showed me all the reality of maleness and manhood, and thus innoculated me against the virulence of radical feminism.


So Is It Tunnel Vision?

As I've noted here before, I think rape culture was invented at some point in the early phases of second-wave feminism because smearing men with patriarchy didn't get enough traction to suit feminists movers and shakers.
 
Patriarchy wasn't total evil, at least, not to everyone. People were capable of looking back in history and seeing that women could have it pretty good in that system (provided for, protected, etc.) and that it could be awful for men (because protecting and providing could, and frequently did, involve losing one's life). 

Complaining about women having to cook and clean, give birth and nurture children, while men's roles involved self-sacrifice, just looked childish and petulant. Ah, but rape; there's no upside to that.  So they took a horrible crime committed by a tiny number of men and morphed it into a pervasive, culture-wide tool used by all men to keep all women subjugated.  

Problem seems to be, only feminists and malleable minds under their influence really believe in it.  Among thinking folks, it still doesn't have much traction. We look among our husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, bosses, co-workers, friends, neighbors and find few if any rapists, and conclude, quite rightly, that the claim of rape culture is exaggerated at best and black-hearted misandry at worst.

I know this is a theme I keep hammering, but it's truly perplexing to contemplate.  How do the minds of rape-culture true believers handle the fact that the vast majority of men do not rape, just as they vast majority of men are not abusers? What do they do with the fact that that most men are good and decent, and that the world works because men make it work, sometimes at great cost to themselves?

Is it tunnel vision? Do they focus only on what they want to see and blot or blur out everything that contradicts it?  Do they acknowledge the decency and accomplishment of most men, but deprive it of significance?  And how do they deal with a philosophy, a worldview, an ideology or whatever feminism is, that requires them to maintain such a dishonest, or at best incomplete, view of half the population of the planet?

Feminism, of course, isn't the only aspect of human existence that requires or utilizes the ability to maintain a double standard. Religion, politics, education, even science can create such ambiguities.  But the relationship between male and female is so fundamental, so crucial to the very survival of our species, you have to wonder what sort of mentality would deliberately foster in one sex such hatred for the other.


Male Athletes in the Feminist Crosshairs

Last month, sports columnist Sally Jenkins wrote a hit piece on male athletes for the Washington Post that's utterly breathtaking in its illogic. Now, I admit I don't follow Ms. Jenkins' sports column, and I wasn't aware of this particular one until a few days ago.  But I can't let this one go by without comment.

The title, George Huguely, Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Taylor: Male athletes encouraged to do the wrong thing, should give you an idea what's coming.  Should women fear athletes? she asks.  Is there something in our sports culture that condones these assaults?
She makes an attempt to cover her tush with the next statement, "It's a difficult, even unsettling question, because it risks demonizing scores of decent, guiltless men." But then proceeds to ignore these "scores" (more like hundreds of thousands) of decent, guiltless men and attempts to provide evidence that there is a "culture" among male athletes that shelters the guilty among them.

Now, aside from the fact that rape is not murder and to imply equivalence is blatantly dishonest... and aside from the fact that the number of men who sexually assault women is tiny, and so the number of male athletes who do is even tinier--where is it written that male athletes are responsible for policing each other's conduct? What are they supposed to do, spy on each other? Would Sally hold all males to the same standard?  Would she expect male senators, male airline pilots, male newspaper columnists to police each other's behavior with the opposite sex?

How about women?  Should women--students, career women, housewives--who get drunk, sleep around and regret it in the morning police each other when they're tempted to claim they were raped? Of course not. What a silly idea.

As outrageous as Jenkins' entire column is, it peaks when she asks, "...what has happened to sexuality? When did the most sublime human exchange become more about power and status than romance? When did it become so pornographic and transactional, so implacably cold?"

Well, gee, Sally.  How about when second-wave feminism marched arm in arm with the sexual revolution?  When women "took control" of their "sexuality" -- which meant becoming promiscuous ... just like men.  Or just like they assumed men to be--in many cases, wrongly.
What could be more calculating and implacably cold than a woman making a charge of rape against a man that she knows is innocent?



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The Little Brother of War

Language is a funny thing.  "Duke Lacrosse" has come to symbolize false accusation, specifically false accusations of sexual wrongdoing by males.

The game of lacrosse, as played by native Indian tribes in America at the time of European settlement, was called "little brother of war."

Ah, symbolism.  If an untrue accusation of rape could be likened to war, could not a false accusation of sexual harassment be called the little brother of war?  Or maybe, little sister of war would be more accurate.

Last year, I began a search for statistics on false accusations of sexual harassment for a novel I was writing.  My interest in writing about this subject grew from my distaste for feminism, which dates back to my earliest acquaintance with the second-wave era when I was in high school. 

You don't have to be a feminist to falsely accuse a man of sexual wrongdoing -- but feminists have seemingly turned it into a combination art form, scientific discipline and political statement. By now, the west is so permeated with feminist ideology, even women who do not consciously ascribe to feminist thought can be deeply influenced by it.

A false accusation of sexual harassment, while not as serious as a false accusation of rape, nevertheless finds its origins in the same mentality -- a hatred of men, a desire to evilize male sexuality, or men in toto, and/or an overwhelming sense of get-evenism.

Perhaps the seed for my eventual writing on the subject was planted by the lurid spectacle of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill sexual harassment case on my TV screen right in my living room.  Although I had no trouble believing Thomas's character witnesses that he was a decent man, innocent of the accusation, my reaction to Hill -- visceral distrust and disbelief -- made a far greater impression on me.

Or perhaps my interest grew simply because the subject was shoved in our faces in the pages of women's magazines, news reports and women's films. In any case, because I wasn't raised to see men as the evil creatures feminism implies they are, my approach to claims of sexual harassment was skepticism--of innocent until proven guilty.

Certainly there are men who would, and do, sexually harass women but most don't, just as most men don't rape.  But simply making a declarative statement to that effect would not help with my writing project.  I wanted statistics.

My online search took me to the website of the federal government's EEOC -- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where I found this amazing table:
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/sexual_harassment.cfm

The statistic that caught my attention immediately was the "Percent of Charges Filed by Males" which was 16% in 2009, the highest of any year back to 1997.  That means that that  84% or more are filed by women.  No surprise there, really.

The second attention-getter was the resolution type titled "No Reasonable Cause."  In 2005, almost half the cases filed with the EEOC, 49.5%, were resolved as having no reasonable cause.  The website's Definition of Terms page says this means, "EEOC's determination of no reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred based upon evidence obtained in investigation. The charging party may exercise the right to bring private court action."

Look at that again.  No reasonable cause to believe the discrimination -- i.e., the sexual harassment -- occurred, based on evidence obtained in investigation. 

Even if all the claims brought by men were resolved as no reasonable cause, that would mean over a third of the cases resolved for the same reason were brought by women.  

And yes, this determination is not evidence of a false accusation; it is possible that sexual harassment could have occurred even though no evidence could be obtained for it.  But I find it very interesting that these statistics for the little brother of war so closely parallel those of false rape accusations.  
 

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