|Well well, what have we here...|
It seems that while I was detained, the trusty anti-prude forces of SOLO -- led by bad boy Bissell -- have done a lot of my work for me on this thread. Now that I have a moment, I'll respond to the remaining yelps and also explain the general purpose of my column and why I wrote it as I did.
First, I'd like to amusingly note that it seems I've garnered an anti-Alec contingent on Solo that hates me sufficiently enough to have sanctioned self-admitted illiteracy (see Ginny's first post). It's not that I revel in being hated, but there's something vaguely enjoyable about fighting the devil in heaven. Perhaps it's the home-field advantage.
Second, much thanks to all of you who sung your praises. I appreciate it.
Kelly, the 1 in 4 statistic was the result of a study conducted by Kate Moss (and commissioned by Steinem for Ms. magazine). It has been famously and widely exposed for years now -- the fact that 73 percent of the victims "didn't believe they were raped" was admitted by Ross herself upon further questioning. You can read about it all over the net, but I recommend the most indispensable book regarding feminism of the past 20 years. It's called Who Stole Feminism? by Christina Hoff Sommers. She definitively exposed every lie and devious motive of gender feminists. That book was the death-knell for the credibility of academic feminism.
It's difficult to discern an accurate rape risk, but most impartial studies have indicated that the number is a maximum of 1 in 20 for women.
Eve, I'll address your general question in the last part of this post. But you seem to have no clue as to the definition of "straw man."
Lance, thanks for adding your two inches...(kidding; you know I love you)
Nicole, I respect your fundamental agreement with me, but my God how you've rambled and rambled! Your rambling has conveyed a few disturbing things. Apparently, there are women here who think they should be able to walk the streets naked and not have to worry about a thing. Um okay, but here in reality, that ain't ever going to happen, so there is no point in pontificating about it. Maybe if mankind goes blind -- although even then, the ribald life of Ray Charles has proven it won't make much of a difference. Even in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, if you know what I mean.
Another disturbing thing is your myopic view. Newsflash (if you don't mind the term): your flirtation preferences do not represent all women! That you expect them to, is indicative of a sheltered monocultural upbringing. Also, no matter how much you'd like a risk-less flirt life, that's just impossible, just as any sort of risk-less life is impossible. Every time you go outside, you are risking being murdered or robbed. Again, calling for utopia is totally pointless. False expectations only increase the risk. As for your accusation that I've minimized or dismissed rape, I'll get to that in a moment.
Gender feminism has been all but marginalized in the real world, but it maintains a petulant, shrieking, unquestioned totalitarian voice in academe. When you have a child who's screaming uncontrollably and endlessly, do you engage it in an dispassionate debate? No. You smack it in the face, so it can shut the fuck up. That's what my column served to do. It served to show my equally passionate contempt of impassioned feminist fascism -- and that I'm unphased by its tactics. Only a leveling can lead to a level discussion, and it seems that such a discussion might actually proceed now. In a day, a very sober follow-up of mine will be published, delving deeper into the problem. We'll see how the responses go, but I've turned an article of faith into an actual debate on campus.
And I defy anyone here to find a single unjustified characterization or straw man in my article. Every horror I described is true and accurate, which gives me the right to lampoon it as I wish. It was the respondents -- including some on SOLO -- who accused me of advocating rape and denigrating victims.
Those who think I've minimized rape by not claiming that it should be the world's first concern, are operating under the false premise that rape is solved by being whined about. Wrong. Only three things will decrease the amount of rape: better self-defense, better law enforcement, and minimization of risk. All of this can only come from a deep, honest, healthy study -- which I profoundly advocated, and which many oppose out of fear of offending victims. (The two undeniable facts of sex are: the physical superiority of men over women, and the sexual power of women over men. The roots of all sexual conflict stem from those facts of nature.)
All that whining about and maximizing "rape awareness" does is to contribute to the PC, prudish, anti-humor, anti-life crusade that seeks to drown society in vanilla and make life miserable. Gender feminism is one manifestation of this crusade, but it's my life's purpose to oppose it in any form. The comedic nature of my style is itself a rebuke of this. *Nothing* is off-limits to wit and humor, which are essential to dealing with reality *as it is* -- and hence getting the most out of it and affirming life to the fullest.