Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Anti-Feminism And Rape

John McAdams wrote:

But would anybody be convinced that feminism doesn’t resolve, essentially, to man hating? The feminist who deny it aren’t lying. They don’t think they are man haters, they just think they are working for “gender equality.” But then, the average Klansman would probably insist he has “nothing against Negros.” In the world of the feminists, the villains are the white males.

Ah, yes. Feminism and the Klan are parallel movements in every way except their target. This parallel construct would imply that Klansmen think they are working for "racial equality."

Remember all those poor white males who were treated by feminists in exactly the same way the Klan treated black men? How many thousands of white men have the feminists dragged into the street and butchered for public entertainment?

In response to the injustices of lynching, the anti-lynching movement was established—a campaign in which women played a key role. Ida B. Wells, a black teacher and journalist was at the forefront and early development of this movement. In 1892 Wells was one of the first news reporters to bring the truths of lynching to proper media attention. [...] In 1895 Wells published a larger investigative report, A Red Record, which exposed how false or contrived accusations of rape accompanied less than one third of the cases documented around 1892.

By McAdams logic, Wells was proving that she was a man hater by her open opposition to the actions of violent white men and by her debunking of the myth that lying women were responsible whenever innocent men were lynched.

Any feminist who denies being a man hater isn't lying, she's stupid to not realize that every time she goes to an anti-violence rally she is attending a rally that is no different from a Klan rally.

Refuse to do nothing as women and girls are raped? Man hater.

Don't believe in assumed consent to sex? Man hater.

Want laws that recognize all rapes as real crimes? Man hater.

Demand thorough and professional investigations of all rape reports? Man hater.

Oppose treating rape victims as if they are guilty until proven innocent? Man hater.

Don't want to look the other way as women and girls are physically abused by boys and men in their lives? Man hater.

Still support women's right to vote? Man hater.

Oppose sexual harassment on the job or in the street? Man hater.

Support equal pay for equal work? Man hater.

View women as full human beings rather than as men's property? Man hater.

Funny but the picture this creates of men is a fearful and violent one. Rather than the claim that women can't handle equality it creates the impression that it is men who are too weak to handle equality. This view may not hate men but it sure does pity them.

Earlier in his post McAdams wrote:

Tobin rejected the notion that rapes should be seen as “acts of morally corrupt individuals.” Yes, guys, the fact that you have never raped any women and would never rape any woman doesn’t let you off the hook. You are still part of the “deep social and political causes” of rape.

Rather than discrediting Tobin, this paragraph discredits McAdam's misinterpretation of Tobin, a habit he shares with many others. Dismissing rape as the "acts of morally corrupt individuals" assumes that the actions of rapists don't reflect larger cultural attitudes.

It assumes that rape is never supported by non-rapists under any circumstance.

It ignores the power of repeated statements like, "If she doesn't want to be raped, she won't go out alone at night." or "She might as well be wearing a RAPE ME sign around her neck." or "If there are no objective witnesses, there should be no rape conviction because up to half of women who report rape are liars." or "Men never lie about rape."

Many times when a rape is reported people ask, "What was she wearing?" as if the answer to this question will determine innocence or guilt.

Men who have been convicted of rape do continue to insist that what they did shouldn't qualify as real rape and many in the public agree despite undeniable proof that the victim did not consent to sex.

McAdams sees only blame directed at non-rapist men when he could be seeing that he has the power to influence other men toward or away from violence against women. The reality is that seeing blame is more comfortable because then he doesn't have to consider whether a rapist ever used his words or attitudes to justify rape.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:27 PM   4 comments links to this post

4 Comments:

At November 19, 2007 1:19 PM, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

This is a very thought provoking and intelligent post. There is still so much ignorance out there.
I am so sorry you had to go through something so awful.
Thanks for taking part in The All Women Blogging Carnival. I hope more people read this post.

 
At November 21, 2007 11:33 AM, Blogger bookblob said...

I also enjoyed this post, it set out a lot of views that I share in a concise fashion - I also resent constantly being made to defend feminism against attacks by logically unsound and overbearing men, both in real life and online.

 
At November 22, 2007 12:30 AM, Blogger kissmypineapple said...

This was such a great post. I too get so tired of spending my energy deflecting the man-hater stereotype. It is not the duty of the oppressed to educate the oppressor!

 
At November 24, 2007 8:07 PM, Anonymous Mary Tracy9 said...

Jebus, it's amazing that after you've been through, you can read this asshole's misogynist spouting and have the energy to write about it. It's really admirable. And you did an excellent job, by the way.

 

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