Oh what a couple of months it’s been! From Harvey Weinstein to Al Franken, it’s been a rough time if you’re a sex pest.
The current Feminist movement has categorically told us all that we MUST believe ALL women who cite that they have been sexually assaulted.
ALL OF THE TIME.
No due process.
No chance to face your accuser.
No way to tell your side of the story.
If a woman says you assaulted her, then goddammit you did it.
Take this quote from Emily Linden, a columnist with Teen Vogue magazine –
“Here’s an unpopular opinion: I’m actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations.”
and this again, from Linden –
“Sorry. If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”
(Good job that she’s willing to pay the price eh?)
An extreme view from an extreme ideology. Yet, it sets the tone for how most Feminists think. It’s an absolute; a way of thinking that is at the very least, consistent.
Basically, if a woman claims assault, she is to be believed. No matter what.
Which leads me to Linda Sarsour.
Asmi Fathelbab, a former contractor who worked for Sarsour, claimed that a male co-worker sexually assaulted her numerous times. Sarsour, a “Champion of Womens’ rights” (and not a wolf in sheeps clothing at all…) didn’t believe Asmi. In fact, according to The Daily Caller (link to article here http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/17/linda-sarsour-accused-of-enabling-sexual-assault-against-woman-who-worked-for-her/) she body-shamed her and called her a liar.
This certainly is not the kind of behaviour we expect from our group-thinking, blanket statement making Feminists is it? Asmi should be believed shouldn’t she?
Don’t get me wrong, Linda Sarsour isn’t the only Feminist to act like this. Our very own favourite attention-seeker Lena Dunham, who claims that “women don’t lie about being raped”, defended one of her very own friends Murray Miller, against a claim of assault from actress Aurora Perrineau. Dunham later apologised, albeit rather half-heartedly.
But here’s my point:
Why apologise? Was there a chance he might have done it after all?
Why disbelieve Asmi Fathelbab? Is there a chance she was lying?
Yes and yes.
By making blanket statements such as “women don’t lie about rape” and “all women should be believed ALL of the time” destroys any chance of fairness to both victims of assault and those that are accused of it.
Firstly, those who are accused get absolutely NO due-process. In what other situation would we believe an accuser without investigating it first?
Secondly, the more that these sorts of things happen, the more that accusers are believed unconditionally, the more diluted the response to real victims every time an accusation is deemed to be false.
I’ve no doubt that MOST accusers are telling the truth. But to say ALL without any sort of investigation or presumption of innocence isn’t fair to anyone.
You were prepared to believe ALL women before someone accused somebody you know. Your hypocrisy is stunning.
The ONLY way to deal with these kind of situations is to treat every case as an individual. Blanket statements are beyond damaging to all concerned.
Just ask Liam Allen what happens when accusers are believed unconditionally.