Going through the Twitterstorm caused by this woman has made one thing clear – this person is not an intersectional feminist. She is coming from a place of upper class white privilege and reminds me more of Gloria Steinem than any relevant contemporary feminists, including her desire to bandwagoneer on a witch hunt (which Steinem gleefully participated in during the Satanic panic).
She may think she’s a feminist, but she is not, nor has she ever been.
I was one of those that fell through the cracks in the system. The man who abused me did not; he was only sentenced to ten years for child porn. Predators have a tendency to re-offend. They will be caught *eventually* with standard rule of constitutional law and evidence. There is absolutely no justification for abandoning the principle that 10 guilty people should go free to prevent one innocent from being unjustly persecuted. If we do not adhere to the Rule of Law, we have nothing.
I have been unjustly accused. It was a different offense, but I could have lost my career. Five people could have been put on the streets to satisfy another’s bloodlust. What it does to you is indescribable, especially when your career and ability to provide for your family is your identity. My career and education are all I have. When someone tried to take it from me, I fought like hell. I lost 30 pounds and picked up a significant amount of baggage. It nearly broke me.
It is never acceptable to put someone through that. Ever.
I would not want my career destroyed over false allegations. I actually know what that feels like. I do not want anyone to go through that. It is not worth it. Especially not for some idealized “smash the patriarchy” bullshit (or for any other reason).
Ignorant women like this only make it worse for all of us, because the backlash will be swift and vicious. If one excuses false allegations, then every allegation can be easily dismissed as false. We are still dealing with the Duke LaCrosse case. The Rolling Stone article controversy. Those are far more harmful to feminism and, more importantly, actual sexual assault victims than one predator getting away with it.
People get away with things, real life is not fair. You get more time for shoplifting $100 dollars’ worth of groceries from WalMart than you do for stealing $100 million of people’s retirement accounts.
Still, you do not destroy innocent lives to prove a point
In my (edited) diatribe against the offending person on Twitter, I have advised the ignorant child (bless her heart) to read *something*. Since she is so obviously devoid of even the most rudimentary education on such matters, I started her off with this .
Scholarship is long and complex and I doubt the little princess would comprehend a word or have the patience or capability to actually digest the material. It appears that this woman is still in the adolescent stage of development. It is unfortunate that such uneducated, willfully ignorant, obnoxious children get platforms so easily in this day and age, but it is what it is.
Still, I tried to educate her with actual feminist discourse, not her click bait version.
From the paper so cited:
“Phillips examines rape and lynching in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina from 1865 to 1945. Although both men and women blacks and whites were victims of lynching, most of those killed were black men; the justification typically proffered was that the victim had raped a white woman. Phillips argues that although these murders are widely acknowledged to be tools of racial segregation, their role in preserving the pre-war South’s ideal of passive womanhood is often ignored. The paper investigates the disparate treatment of black and white accused rapists, and between those accused of raping white women and black women. Typically, only black men accused of raping white women became lynching victims.”
The mystery of rape has not only lead to horrific acts like those perpetrated upon the child in this photo:
(His offense? Falsely accused of sexual assault). It has also been used for centuries to subjugate women.
I have no patience for fake bullshit feminists. I have been doing this in relative obscurity for too long. I have written, I have bared my soul, I have used my feet. I have run until I cannot run anymore.
These people, with no qualifications whatsoever, are taking us back decades.
Look at the men who think this is what feminists believe. They do not know she is not a scholar, not a legitimate voice. Milo or some similar salamander will get a hold of this and mine it for all it is worth. She won’t read my tweets She won’t care, because she already got what she wanted…
That’s the rub isn’t it? No matter what you’re screwed.
Feminist voices are not ignored or dismissed *in spite* of toxic “feminism” like that exemplified here. They are ignored and dismissed *because* of it.
We have a better way.
Our current system is in desperate need of reform, relying on discredited forensic techniques and witness testimony to unjustly put hundreds of men, usually of color, behind bars. It is not true that the only way to avoid injustice is to forego justice. That’s a false dichotomy. Rapists are not going to be emboldened by rigorously applied rule of law. They will be emboldened by sloppy witch hunts and the type of moral equivocation exemplified by this tweet.
You do not fight evil with evil. You fight with relentless truth.
What her tweet is postulating is the greater evil. Many victims of crime will never see justice. We can still make what we wish of our lives. Removing that option from the innocent is unconscionable.