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Are false rape accusations the fault of feminism?

Holly Pervocracy's SlutWalk sign, which apparently causes false rape accusations.

If you thought the “meat market” guy from a couple of days ago – you know, the one prattling on about the “market makers of pussy” —  was risibly wrongheaded, here’s an even more insidious attempt to reduce the complexities of human sexuality to a question of “supply and demand.” Over on The False Rape Society blog, Pierce Harlan has a new post with the title:

False rape claims: increasingly a tool to skew the current economies of sex, where sex is cheaper than most women prefer

As you might imagine, the post itself is based on some fairly twisty blame-the-victim logic – with some feminist-bashing thrown in for good measure. Let’s wade through the muck here.

According to Harlan, the “cultural tenets governing sexual encounters” have gone all loosey-goosey in recent years, due to birth control, a general loosening of sexual mores and “the feminist-inspired norms that pressure young women to ‘party like the guys.’”

I assume you have all read Mary Wollstonecraft’s classic A Vindication of the Rights of Women to Get Totally Wasted and Fuck Some Dudes.

But, alas, feminists totally don’t understand the law of supply and demand –and that in the market of sex, they are the supply and not the demand  (because it’s not like women ever really want to have sex themselves).  As a result, the feminist-inspired young women of today are totally flooding the market with cut-rate pussy.

As Harlan explains:

The experts tell us that men have a much easier time obtaining sex than they did in days long gone. …  Women who’d prefer to put a higher price tag on their sexuality are finding themselves locked out of the market.

The results are all too predictable.  Women are having sex more often when they secretly are conflicted about it. We’ve frequently reported here about the proven gender “regret asymmetry” where young women have much higher levels of after-the-fact regret than men following sexual hook-ups.  Regret too often is transmogrified into feelings of being used, and feeling used too often metamorphoses into a false rape claim.

Does Harlan have any evidence to back up this hypothesis? Yes. And it comes straight from his ass.

Having studied the false rape phenomenon closely for a number of years, it is my conclusion that young women are increasingly resorting to false rape claims as an inappropriate method of skewing the current economies of sex, which favors men and which makes sex cheaper than most women consciously or subconsciously prefer.

In other words: he has spent the last several years searching out news stories on false rape accusations to post on his blog. Because there are almost 7 billion people on planet earth, he has been able to find a fair number of such stories. So he’s concluded that there is some sort of “false rape epidemic” going on. In other words, his conclusion seems to be based almost entirely on what’s known as the “availability heuristic,” which, as Wikipedia puts it, “is a phenomenon (which can result in a cognitive bias) in which people predict the frequency of an event, or a proportion within a population, based on how easily an example can be brought to mind.”

Were I to start a blog entitled “The Dudes Peeing on Things You Shouldn’t Pee On Society,” guess what? I too could cite many examples, drawn from the newspapers of the world.  Were I to do this for several years, my brain would be stuffed full of stories of men urinating on just about anything that can be urinated on, from prayer rugs to cough drops.  This, through the power of the “availability heuristic,” might convince me that we faced an epidemic of inappropriately urinating men, and that this epidemic was getting worse by the hour. (I mean, before I started specifically looking for such stories I almost never heard about this terrible social ill.)

But back to Harlan and his argument, such as it is:

Women are pressured by feminist-inspired norms to make themselves more available to men than ever, but they have also learned that crying rape after-the-fact is a culturally accepted, indeed, feminist approved, antidote to sex they feel was too cheaply obtained.  Instead of saying “no” up front, they are retroactively saying “no” — with false rape claims — after-the-fact. And society has given this backward state of affairs its imprimatur.

One solution? Women need to stop having so much sex — for the sake of teh menz. Or as Harlan, still working the creaky economic metaphor, puts it:

One cure is to enhance the value of female sexuality by decreasing the supply and thereby reduce both regret and false rape claims.

But, darn it, this won’t work, because women are out there marching in the street for the right to, you know, have sex when they want to with consenting partners without being shamed for it.

That, of course, can never happen in a society where “slut walks” are celebrated as liberating events, where colleges excuse women from underage drinking charges so long as they report they were raped, and where false rape claims are routinely excused and implicitly encouraged. In short, it can never happen in a society that encourages young women to be promiscuous and to then tell rape lies when that promiscuity results in an unfavorable sexual experience.

Harlan ends his piece with a call to lock up false accusers for a long time.

Certainly malicious false accusers should be charged. Women who identify the wrong guy in a lineup? No.

And it would be nice if Harlan extended the sympathy he shows for falsely accused men to real victims of real rape, a much larger group of people than the falsely accused. But instead he writes pieces like this one, and links in his sidebar to a host of misogynist blogs that, among other things, routinely joke about female victims of rape and murder, that urge men on juries in rape trials to vote to acquit the accused even when he’s clearly guilty, that claim that age of consent laws are inherently man-hating, and that think it would be great if sex robots and artificial wombs rendered women obsolete.

Those actually interested in helping those falsely accused – rather than supporting Harlan’s retrograde agenda — would do better to support The Innocence Project, and to stop reading Harlan’s drivel.

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ithiliana
10 years ago

Kirbywarp OMG, I love the googlefight site–when did that come around? Why did I not know of it? I am so using it in my research class this fall! Thank you! Oh, and no surprise, penis enlargement won big over vaginal rejuvenation proving that as Carly Simon so famously sang, men are soooooooooo vain.

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

I like rain more. In fact NWOaf, I am not a big fan of being looked at by any man. So me myself and I prove your little ass derived assertion wrong.

*watches as NWOaf tries himself into pretzels to get around this*

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

@ithiliana:

I don’t remember, I saw it before and remembered it randomly. It quite awesomely makes the point.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

Plymouth, just because YOU didn’t accuse him of rape doesn’t mean another woman won’t.

Victoria von Syrus
Victoria von Syrus
10 years ago

Plymouth, just because YOU didn’t accuse him of rape doesn’t mean another woman won’t.

Just because YOU didn’t drink enough Windex to see the alien ships doesn’t mean they weren’t really there!

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

Plymouth, just because YOU didn’t accuse him of rape doesn’t mean another woman won’t.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth, you’re joking right? Oh how will I ever squirm out of this? HAHAHA!

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth, you’re joking right? Oh how will I ever squirm out of this? HAHAHA!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

NWO’s logic. “All women just love to accuse their bad lays of rape. What, you didn’t? Well, I’m sure somebody else will. It’s only a matter of time.”

Seriously NWO, are you here to have a conversation, or to blast us with screed? Cause you don’t seem at all interested in actually finding out the truth. Does correcting every falsehood you utter mean anything when you’re just gonna come back and repeat them tomorrow?

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

That was brilliant response Victoria von Syrus. I see how I’m quite overmatched intellectually.

Bee
Bee
10 years ago

“You’ve turned a woman feeding her own vanity and narcissism into a man beating a woman to death for not bleeding on her first night.”

Subby, I can’t tell if you’re confused, or just an asshole. *fails to care*

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

Yuck, NWOaf and the word squirm should never go together.

Victoria von Syrus
Victoria von Syrus
10 years ago

I recommend a few more shots of Windex.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

Go to the society and learn Kirbywarp.
http://falserapesociety.blogspot.com/

Nobinayamu
Nobinayamu
10 years ago

NWO, in all the time you’ve been posting on this site it’s been abundantly clear that you don’t know very many women. It occurs to me now that you don’t know very many people. And while I’d already pegged you as a none-to-bright, fairly unaccomplished conspiracy nut the real level of your social isolation is possibly greater than I’d imagined.

NWO: people are vain. Some people are vain about their looks, some their money, some their smarts; whatever it is that they value and believe others value in them. But vanity is not gender specific. Not even a a little bit.

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

That was brilliant response Victoria von Syrus. I see how I’m quite overmatched intellectually.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

It was your quote Bee. If ya didn’t mean it why say it?
Oh wait, thats right, when caught in a lie default to, “I was being sarcastic.”

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

NWO:

So now I have to refute an entire blog to disprove your point that… women like to be objectified? What is your logic here?

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

There is no logic Kirby, it is just his way of staving off his terrible terrible endless loneliness.

If he was not such an asshole I would feel sorry for him.

ithiliana
10 years ago

When I look out my window at home, I see cows. And some burros, and some goats, and horses, depending on which window, and where the animals are being pastured that day. Some day I may ask my neighbor for the theory of how the critters get moved around. Or I might not, and just keep making up theories (it’s Tuesdays, so put the goats in the west pasture!)

And I see bunnies this year. Three of them, bopping around the yard with their little cottontales.

And birds. Squirrels. Butterflies. You know, NATURE.

In the hotel where I am now, I look out the window and see the sky and the river (18th floor).

And I never dress to attract men because, wait for it, I live with a woman.

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

Go to the society and learn Kirbywarp.

I think you misunderstand the situation. He doesn’t have to learn Kirbywarp: he is Kirbywarp.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

Kirbywarp, the little they wear, the make up, perfume, jewelry, surgery, their actions. How is even in the dead of winter women are showing cleavavge. Why the skin tight clothing. Can you see? Do they choose to be hookers? Do they choose to be porn stars? Do they choose to be models? Stop making excuses.

Nobinayamu
Nobinayamu
10 years ago

David, I don’t think he reads your posts. He showed up in this thread talking about commies. The mind boggles.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

@Spearhafoc and @David:

XD Both of these things I have utterly and completely missed. Thanks for pointing these out.

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

How is even in the dead of winter women are showing cleavavge.

Where the hell do you live?

aMiRA
aMiRA
10 years ago

It’s amusing to me that feminists are so brainwashed by their ideology and their sacred cows of eternal victimization that they refuse to see the facts staring them right in the face. Feminists like to say that rape is the “only crime” where the victim is “blamed” for the crime. This is incorrect. The victim is not being blamed. The *accomplice* is being given her fair due for her part in the crime. If an employee of a bank leaves the safe unlocked for bank robbers, is she not complicit? Is she not charged? In fact, rape is the “only crime” where accomplices go free!

Do you want to know what else rape is?

Rape is the only crime where in almost every case a single eye witness can lead to a conviction with no other evidence.

Rape is the only crime where that single eye witness is also the accuser, and that fact does not change her credibility.

Rape is the only crime where the jury cannot hear of the accuser’s prior bad acts and history of deceit.

Rape is the only crime where hate speech against an identifiable group (men) is allowed in a courtroom with no fear that it will bias a jury.

Rape is the only crime where almost every conviction comes with no evidence outside of “I’m pretty sure it was him, I was drunk, but I’m pretty sure”.

If assault were so easy to obtain, do you not think that the loser of a consensual bar fight or boxing match wouldn’t take the winner to court either? Feminists claim that false rape accusations are low, but why would they be when it’s so easy to cover up a mistake or an embarrassment by putting the blame on the other person and sending them off to jail?

The other factor feminists obfuscate or simply outright deny is the evolutionary instinct of women to cry rape. In the past, primitive human females, driven by their hypergamous nature, were occasionally caught by their mate while sleeping with another male. The ones that claimed the other male forced her and did her harm, are the ones who survived and passed on their genes. The ones that didn’t would have been killed by her rightfully jealous mate, and therefore unable to pass on her genes. It is the height of absurdity that feminists could possibly believe the opposite, that the ones who told the truth survived, while the ones who told the community what they wanted to hear were put to death. That instinct, that drive still exists in modern women today, as a complementary mechanism to their hypergamous nature.

Yet feminism makes excuses. They falsify statistics. And feminists, so needing to believe their own victim hood, believe it. They close their eyes and shut their ears to the clamoring voices of the falsely imprisoned men, and conveniently forget all their conversations with other women over coffee where they laugh and joke about hiding their infidelity under a false rape accusation.

It has always been in women’s nature to cover their sins with the bodies of men, but feminism has taken it to another level, putting state power behind that deceitful and venomous nature and creating a system where men are given a show trial that would make Stalin proud before being led off to a gulag and branded a sexual predator: the modern version of the scarlet letter. Masculinity is burning while feminists are happily playing their “rape epidemic” fiddle.

Nahida
10 years ago

Are women dressed like objects?

WTF does this even mean? No, I’ve never dressed like a block or a chair or a pencil.

Plymouth
Plymouth
10 years ago

As far as I know, this particular guy, with whom I had regrettable sex, has never been accused to rape. Falsely or otherwise! It’s almost like we’re growups who can regret things we do and just live with the regret without feeling like we need to blame someone else for it. Amazing!

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

@NWO:

Yes and no? Some choose to be those things, some feel like they have to (due to financial trouble or whatever). Some do it for enjoyment, others are forced. Excuses? I’m not excusing anything. You made the claim that all women everywhere love to be objectified. I don’t believe you. Now are you gonna actually cough up some evidence?

Its like you think all women everywhere are Paris Hilton…

Plymouth
Plymouth
10 years ago

I dressed up as my car once for Halloween.

Lyn
Lyn
10 years ago

“Gee von Syrus, when you look out the window, what do you see? Are women dressed like objects?”

I, personally, enjoy dressing like a table. Tablecloths are sooo comfy, and there are so many to choose from!

Seriously, dressing to look attractive…lots of people do that. It doesn’t mean they want you to treat them like an object. It’s pretty rare to see anyone going completely for comfort and not style.

Also, that vaginal rejuvenation thing helps with incontinence – I’m not saying that this is the only reason women get them but, anecdotally, all the women I’ve known who have had that surgery did so so that they could pick up heavy things, and sneeze and laugh without having to worry. But sure NWO – it’s all about vanity.

Nobinayamu
Nobinayamu
10 years ago

Bee, here’s the problem: NWO doesn’t know very much about female genitalia. Let’s just start there. And he’s trying to prove that women are all vain and delight in their own objectification. He’s using the example of cosmetic surgery on female genitalia to bolster his claims.

Because he doesn’t understand very much about female genitalia he doesn’t realize that women who are having labiaplasty are not the same as women in the Middle East who are having their hymens restored because of cultural beliefs about virginity. Just like, I’m certain, that he doesn’t understand that the origins of the procedure that tighten vaginal walls was not cosmetic but for women who had actually experienced a loosening of the pelvic floor often do to child birth.

So, to him, a woman who doesn’t like the way her labia look and has a surgeon shorten them, is exactly the same as a woman in Saudia Arabia who has her hymen surgically restored because she has to “prove” virginity on her wedding night.

Because he’s stupid.

Victoria von Syrus
Victoria von Syrus
10 years ago

WTF does this even mean? No, I’ve never dressed like a block or a chair or a pencil.

I once dressed up as an archetypal horror from the depths of the sea. It was awesome! Another time, I was a flesh golem inspired by Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

I do Dave. If you go back far enough you’ll find an officer who wrote that 41% of the rape accusation in his county were proven false before ever reaching trial.

The excuses ranged from, wanting attention, revenge, cheating, extortion, to young girls who just didn’t even “get” what they were accusing. Now imagine all the ones that “slipped thru the cracks,” and did go to trial.

Is there anyone here who can say that when a mans name is tossed into the paper as being accused, that man is not instantly presumed guilty. Tell me he won’t be fired. Tell me he won’t be ostracized. I know you’ve all heard the stories of men being killed and than the woman fessing up and saying, “oops, my bad.”

Do you really think, (many of the guys posting there have been falsely accused and had their live ruined) these guys are going to say, “ahh thats alright.” They are pissed and with good reason. And the best the posters here can offer is mockery.

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

I do Dave.

Look, who you have sex with is none of our business.

Nobinayamu
Nobinayamu
10 years ago

aMiRA, are women ever raped? I mean, outside of scenarios where strangers jump out of alleys or rebel soldiers lay waste to a village – are women ever the victims of sexual assault?

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

Uh no NWOaf, I have not heard of any stories like that.

Also, some of those stories that they post are not actual women who have been found guilty-they are of women who were really raped but did not identify the correct person. In fact, in one story, the blog’s authors were all in a tizzy over a woman “falsely accusing a guy” that the officers misindetified and the victim had told them was the wrong guy.

Pecunium
10 years ago

Ion: re men doing 90% of the chasing and initiating? Citation needed.

Point of anecdata: My fiancée proposed to me.

Pecunium
10 years ago

“Why are female-on-male harassment or rape cases virtually unheard of?” because no one believes the accusation. I know of men who were harassed. I know men who were date-raped. Let’s just say none of them got much support when they tried to talk about their situation.

NWO: Right… that’s why men’s clothing, used to be so drab, and Louis XIV was so dull to look at, no pumps, extravagant silks, etc. for him. The Duke of Buckingham didn’t spend 40 years worth of the salary of the head of his servants every year on his tailor. Elizabethan men weren’t going about as peacocks, trying to keep up with the latest fashions, Regency dandies didn’t need two, or three assistants to get them into their coats.

Because men are such frumps

That’s why Ferrari, and Porsche are barely managing to stay in business, and Rolex is almost bankrupt. It’s why Hair Club For Men is struggling. It’s why penis enlargment companies can’t get funding, and why no one advertises hair dyes for beards.

Oh, wait… that’s not true? Never mind

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

*volunteers to do the wedding*

Do you Pecunium’s fiance take Pecunium to be your lawfully wedded whatever you want to call him? Do you further promise to love honor and respect him?

unintentionalfeminist
unintentionalfeminist
10 years ago

@kirbywarp

This guy seems so incapable of seeing women’s freedom of choice as a positive thing (or even that it exists at all) that he can’t even perceive it when feminists argue for it. That, or he takes the Phyllis Schlafly approach: feminism is bad because it tells women to do whatever they want, which is selfish, but it also pressures women into doing things they don’t really want to do and it ends in regret. ‘Cause women don’t really know what they want, obviously. Setting aside the question of how Phyllis Schlafly expects anyone to accept her views on women while simultaneously taking her seriously, Pierce Harlan is still a few steps below Schafly logic, IMO.

M Dubz
M Dubz
10 years ago

Ion,

I think your question is a good one. I think part of it has to do with the way that women and men (on average, not every woman and every man) respond to their sex drive. It’s really complicated, but it often boils down to that women, on average, need much more overtly sexual stimulation before they decide that sex is a good idea, whereas men need less overtly sexual stimulation. The average difference is laid out really well here: http://enagoski.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/do-you-know-when-you-want-it/

But the vast majority of it has to do with the way that men versus women are socialized. Men are socialized to believe that they must want sex at every opportunity. Women, even the ones who grow up in sex-positive homes, are often counseled to be wary of boys and/or being too overtly sexual because of the possibility of rape. Women’s bodies as sexual objects are also everywhere. Combine all of that with a thousands of years old narrative that women’s bodies are for the taking, and that the man is supposed to dominate the woman, and you get men doing very stupid and/or evil things.

Nobinayamu
Nobinayamu
10 years ago

Schafly is hilarious to me. Have you ever read her son’s conservapedia? That shit’s adorable. Didn’t one of her daughters-in-law recently out her use of nannies and other domestic help when her children were still relatively young? You know, when she was on speaking tours telling other women that they should be at home taking care of their children?

Priceless.

Mr. Kobold
Mr. Kobold
10 years ago

“Kirbywarp, the little they wear, the make up, perfume, jewelry, surgery, their actions. How is even in the dead of winter women are showing cleavavge. Why the skin tight clothing. Can you see? Do they choose to be hookers? Do they choose to be porn stars? Do they choose to be models? Stop making excuses.”

This statement makes it clear that if NWOsub’s has any interaction with women it’s through a love/hate relationship with internet pornography.

Honestly son, in the blue moon that you have to interact with a woman at a store or something do you just avert your eyes and mutter curses on her vagina? Seriously I want to know how you function in a society where approximately 50 percent is some baffling alien species to you.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
10 years ago

@aMiRA:

It’s amusing to me that feminists are so brainwashed by their ideology and their sacred cows of eternal victimization that they refuse to see the facts staring them right in the face. Feminists like to say that rape is the “only crime” where the victim is “blamed” for the crime. This is incorrect. The victim is not being blamed. The *accomplice* is being given her fair due for her part in the crime. If an employee of a bank leaves the safe unlocked for bank robbers, is she not complicit? Is she not charged? In fact, rape is the “only crime” where accomplices go free!

Do you want to know what else rape is?

Rape is the only crime where in almost every case a single eye witness can lead to a conviction with no other evidence.

Rape is the only crime where that single eye witness is also the accuser, and that fact does not change her credibility.

Rape is the only crime where the jury cannot hear of the accuser’s prior bad acts and history of deceit.

Rape is the only crime where hate speech against an identifiable group (men) is allowed in a courtroom with no fear that it will bias a jury.

Rape is the only crime where almost every conviction comes with no evidence outside of “I’m pretty sure it was him, I was drunk, but I’m pretty sure”.

If assault were so easy to obtain, do you not think that the loser of a consensual bar fight or boxing match wouldn’t take the winner to court either? Feminists claim that false rape accusations are low, but why would they be when it’s so easy to cover up a mistake or an embarrassment by putting the blame on the other person and sending them off to jail?

The other factor feminists obfuscate or simply outright deny is the evolutionary instinct of women to cry rape. In the past, primitive human females, driven by their hypergamous nature, were occasionally caught by their mate while sleeping with another male. The ones that claimed the other male forced her and did her harm, are the ones who survived and passed on their genes. The ones that didn’t would have been killed by her rightfully jealous mate, and therefore unable to pass on her genes. It is the height of absurdity that feminists could possibly believe the opposite, that the ones who told the truth survived, while the ones who told the community what they wanted to hear were put to death. That instinct, that drive still exists in modern women today, as a complementary mechanism to their hypergamous nature.

Yet feminism makes excuses. They falsify statistics. And feminists, so needing to believe their own victim hood, believe it. They close their eyes and shut their ears to the clamoring voices of the falsely imprisoned men, and conveniently forget all their conversations with other women over coffee where they laugh and joke about hiding their infidelity under a false rape accusation.

It has always been in women’s nature to cover their sins with the bodies of men, but feminism has taken it to another level, putting state power behind that deceitful and venomous nature and creating a system where men are given a show trial that would make Stalin proud before being led off to a gulag and branded a sexual predator: the modern version of the scarlet letter. Masculinity is burning while feminists are happily playing their “rape epidemic” fiddle.

[citation needed]

NWOslave
NWOslave
10 years ago

Mr. Kobold. Holly has already dubbed me a “sub” which you throw about with abandon. The mockery you claim I use. I believe it was a leather fetish I have and am sending all my excess cash to PP. Oh the good times we’ve had. Curse those vaginas. HAHAHA.

Spearhafoc
10 years ago

Do you have any female friends, NWOslave? Do you have any male friends, for that matter?

Alex
10 years ago

Back to “revirginification” (is that even a word? Spell check says no), I couldn’t have vaginal sex with my boyfriend of over five years because I had a double-layered hymen. Had I known that years before, you can bet the surgery I would have obtained would have been exactly the opposite of the supposed “fastest growing” surgery. And considering how painful it was to have my double-layered hymen broken, there is no fucking way I would even entertain a consideration to repair that damnable flap of skin. Good riddance. As for women who decide to go through hymen-breaking more than once? Fuck it. I blame the patriarchy.

aMiRA
aMiRA
10 years ago

Nobinayamu | June 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm
aMiRA, are women ever raped? I mean, outside of scenarios where strangers jump out of alleys or rebel soldiers lay waste to a village – are women ever the victims of sexual assault?

So basically you’re asking “outside of rape, are women ever raped?”

With adherents like yourself, it’s amazing feminists manage to leave the house, much less control so much of our lives.

Let me ask you. Are women ever *not* raped?