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The Latest @LenaDunham Debacle: Feminist Becomes ‘Rape Truther’

Posted on | November 19, 2017 | 3 Comments

Left to right: Lena Dunham, Aurora Perrineau, Murray Miller.

When the University of Virginia rape hoax began to collapse under the weight of Jackie Coakley’s lies in December 2014, Amanda Marcotte coined the term “rape truther” to describe “people who want to deny that rape is a serious social problem.” This was a dishonest smear. Critics of Rolling Stone‘s bogus journalism weren’t denying the seriousness of rape, although many were dubious of the widely touted “1-in-5” statistic used to justify Obama-era Title IX policy that deprived male students of their due-process rights in campus disciplinary proceedings.

“Rape truthers,” Marcotte said, “want to push the idea that many rape cases are just a matter of women lying because they are crazy or vindictive.” Well, this depends on what you mean by “rape cases” and what you mean by “many.” Amid the climate of sexual paranoia ginned up by campus feminists, there seemed to be “many” instances where belated remorse over a drunken hookup gave rise to accusations of rape. Under university policies mandated by Obama-era rules, these “cases” were not reported to police, but rather were adjudicated in administrative hearings where the accused male student was quite deliberately denied basic rights that would be accorded to any common criminal.

The UVA hoax was the very worst example of this problem. Jackie Coakley invented her fictional rapist, “Haven Monahan,” made up a wild tale of violent gang rape that implicated one of the most prestigious fraternities on campus, and nearly got away with deceiving the world, had it not been for those determined critics who inspired other journalists to double-check Sabrina Erdely Rubin’s lurid Rolling Stone article. Before the truth could be discovered, however, UVA President Teresa Sullivan suspended all fraternity social activities on campus and, even after police cleared Phi Kappa Psi, Sullivan imposed new restrictions on fraternities. Feminists exploited a false accusation of rape to create a mentality of collective guilt that became the basis of policy, and this was a microcosm of how the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter had weaponized Title IX to punish male students. So, yes, the truth at UVA mattered, but Amanda Marcotte didn’t want to admit this.

Fast forward, three years after the collapse of the UVA rape hoax, and the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse is upon us. Every day brings new accusations, including this terrifying tale of Hollywood depravity:

Actress Aurora Perrineau has gone to police to accuse “Girls” writer and executive producer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was 17 years old, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Perrineau, who has appeared in Jennifer Lawrence’s “Passengers” and is the daughter of “Lost” actor Harold Perrineau, told TheWrap she filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday.
TheWrap obtained the results of a polygraph test Perrineau said she passed in September in which she detailed her accusations against Murray, who was also a producer on the Fox animated comedies “King of the Hill” and “American Dad.”

The creator of Girls defended the man accused of raping a girl:

Lena Dunham came to the defense of a “Girls” writer accused of rape on Friday, and some Twitter users have called her out for choosing to support the alleged perpetrator over his female accuser.
“Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you’ve just proven that you are NOT,” one user wrote. Several others dug up a tweet of Dunham’s from August in which she said women do not lie about rape.
The backlash came after Dunham spoke out against actress Aurora Perrineau, who filed a police report on Friday saying she did not consent to sex with “Girls” writer Murray Miller in 2012 when she was 17. . . .
“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” Dunham said in a statement cosigned by her “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner. . . .
“Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have spent so much time boasting about their feminist political commitments. Yet, all of their feminist righteousness goes out of the window as soon as their friend is accused. White women are an absolute trip,” wrote Bitch Media senior culture editor Evette Dionne. . . .
Perrineau said she was with two friends when Miller asked one of them for a ride home “because he was drunk,” and the group agreed. Miller was 35 at the time. “At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said in a statement.

A 17-year-old girl wakes up with a drunk 35-year-old man on top of her — allegedly, I hasten to add — and suddenly Lena Dunham forgets all about her feminist principles, accusing the girl of lying?

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