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March 28, 2013

Steubenville

Cathy Young has done an outstanding job of looking at the issues:

The women’s movement has made invaluable progress in lifting the stigma of rape and reforming sexist laws—ones that, as recently as the 1970s, required women to fight back to prove rape and instructed juries that an accuser’s unchaste morals could detract from her credibility. The fact that today, a rape case can be successfully prosecuted even when the victim was drunk and flirtatious, or engaged in consensual intimacies before the attack, is a victory for justice as well as women’s rights. Yet the fact remains that charges of sexual assault involving people who knows each other in a “he said/she said” situation are very difficult to prove in court—not because of “rape culture,” but because of the presumption of innocence. Gender equality requires equal concern for the rights of accused men.

Let us, by all means, confront ugly, sexist, victim-blaming attitudes when we see them. But this can be done without promoting sexist attitudes in feminist clothing: that a woman’s word automatically deserves more weight than a man’s; that all men bear responsibility for rape and “normal” men need to be taught not to rape; or that a woman who is inebriated but fully conscious is not responsible for her actions while an equally inebriated man is.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Cassandra at March 28, 2013 02:25 PM

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Comments

Problem is, a complete 180 degree turn has occurred. There should never have been a bias, but there always has been. Now weighted profoundly in the opposite side. Just look at divorce settlements and child support claims/results.

Posted by: glenn at March 28, 2013 05:38 PM

What does rape have to do with child support or alimony?

Posted by: Cassandra at March 28, 2013 05:51 PM

A good and sensible article. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at March 29, 2013 09:33 AM