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"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Do You #BelieveWomen?

Posted on | August 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Do You #BelieveWomen?

If you consider yourself to be a feminist, why? Whatever explanation you offer, I would hope you’d reconsider. Whatever the situation might have been in 1968 when the Women’s Liberation Movement (as it was then called) emerged from the ranks of the New Left, the balance of power between men and women now is definitely not systemic oppression of women. We’re not living in a “patriarchy” when 40% of children are born to unmarried women, and a majority of university students are female. Certainly my daughters have greater career opportunities than did my grandmother, yet the claims of universal victimhood and collective oppression are now heard more loudly than ever. How to explain this? Feminism is a totalitarian movement to destroy civilizations as we know it, and the more power a totalitarian movement gets, the more power they crave. There is no logical stopping point for the demands of a totalitarian. You give Hitler the Sudetenland, and next he’ll annex the rest of Czechoslovakia and invade Poland. So the more our society seeks to appease feminists, they angrier feminists become, and the more insane the demands they make. Feminism is an anti-male hate movement, and no man is safe from its destructive power. However, the men most vulnerable to this destruction are those who consider themselves “enlightened” and “sensitive,” and who naïvely believe that their support for “equality” will prevent them from becoming targets of feminist wrath.

Consider the case of Jonathan Kaiman, a young journalist who was Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, and was elected in 2017 as president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC). And then #MeToo happened. In January 2018, a girl he’d hooked up with one night in 2013 wrote a blog post in which she described their encounter as, well, not entirely consensual on her part:

After an evening out drinking and flirting, [Laura] Tucker drove Kaiman on her scooter back to her apartment. There, she wrote, they mutually and consensually undressed and got into bed. . . .
Tucker wrote that while making out in bed with Kaiman, she had a change of heart, so she stood up and said she didn’t want to continue. . . .

You can read the rest. Evidently, Kaiman persuaded her to resume their encounter, but she says it made her feel “gross” and, once Tucker did her #MeToo hit-piece on Kaiman, another woman came forward to say that she, too, had a less-than-entirely-consensual encounter with him. The result was the destruction of Kaiman’s once-promising career.

Feminists insist there should be only one side of these stories. If a woman says a man sexually assaulted her, we must #BelieveWomen and forget everything we know about human nature. If a woman goes out drinking with a guy, then she takes him back to her apartment, what do we presume the intended outcome to be? A case like this could never be prosecuted as rape in a court of law, but thanks to #MeToo and its #BelieveWomen principle, any man who has ever had sex with a woman is a potential target for destruction. All your ex-girlfriend has to do is write a Facebook post claiming that you somehow victimized her and — BOOM! — your reputation is permanently destroyed.

It doesn’t matter what actually happened between Kaiman and Tucker. The point is we don’t know — we can never know — what actually happened in this kind of he-said/she-said situation. There’s no evidence, no DNA, no video, etc., by which we might determine who is telling the truth, and therefore it was wrong for Laura Tucker to go public with her complaint about how her hookup with Kaiman made her feel “gross.”

Try to imagine being a young man in such a climate, where feminism has become a system fully weaponized to prevent men from having sex — or destroying them if they somehow evade this prohibition. It’s truly frightening, and Adam Piggott comments:

Men need to change their behavior. This is the only acceptable solution because it keeps the power in our own hands. If you’re just going to sit around and hope that women collectively wake up then you’ve never witnessed a woman on a power trip, and this is very much bigger than that. . . .
No, we have to change our behavior and here’s what we have to do:
No hooking up. . . .
If women are determined to make meaningless sexual encounters radioactive then men have to position themselves accordingly. . . .

Read the whole thing. It’s gotten scary out there for young guys. My two youngest sons are college students, and I hope they’ll be careful.



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