Donnerstag, August 15, 2013

Expertenwissen: Die übergroße Mehrheit aller Männer würde niemals vergewaltigen

Feministinnen schwadronieren gerne von einer "rape culture", mit der alle Männer alle Frauen unterdrückten. Fachleute beschreiben die Dinge anders:

Dr. David Lisak, one of American's most respected experts on sexual assault and a darling of feminist bloggers, gave the opening address to a large crowd at the 2013 Summit on Sexual Assault, called Not in Our State, at Montana State University on Monday.

Dr. Lisak explained that over 90 percent of all rapes are committed by serial rapists. Their crimes are purposeful and planned, and are not the result of confusion.

According to the news report -- and this is important: "The silver lining is that only a small percentage of young men crossed the line, and the vast majority would never commit rape, he said. They are potential allies who can be educated and motivated with bystander training to help prevent rape." (...)

Read it again. "The vast majority would never commit rape." Lisak's words buck the meme that rape is "normalized" among young men. Jessica Valenti, a once-prominent gender blogger and one of the purveyors of the maleness-is-broken crowd, has written: "Rape is part of our culture. It's normalized to the point where men who are otherwise decent guys will rape and not even think that it's wrong. And that's what terrifies me."

Snarky anti-rape campaigns directed at "men" in general (e.g., posters that "remind men" not to rape etc.) have sprouted up, and they always draw waves of indignation from male readers at Reddit. (Claims that these campaigns have actually worked are dubious at best. Dr. Lisak has elsewhere stated that de minimis sexual assault education isn't going to stop these serial sociopaths who commit almost all the rapes. "These are clearly not individuals who are simply in need of a little extra education about proper communication with the opposite sex," he has said. "These are predators.")

(...) Every sane and rational person already knew what Lisak said before he said it: the vast majority of men would never rape, but there has been an invidious campaign afoot for many years to make masculinity, not the rapists, the villain in the gender passion play of sexual politics. Masculinity does not need an overhaul. Masculinity, per se, is not the problem (in fact, many studies have shown that in the inner city, the absence of masculinity -- in the form of male role models -- has a direct correlation to disproportionate rates of rape and every other social pathology). The rapists are the problem, not "men."

We would go further and suggest that far more characteristic to masculinity than the urge to rape is a strong visceral reaction of anger, and sometimes tragic overreaction -- including vigilante beatings and killings, to mere accusations of rape.

Instead of demonizing young men as potential rapists-in-waiting, we would do well to view them as critical allies in the war on rape.

(...) Rape is a serious problem in America because of a relatively small group of sexual predators who use both alcohol and unsuspecting women to accomplish their vile plans. To the extent we ignore the real problem, and concentrate on how it's necessary to reconstruct masculinity, we do a grave disservice to rape victims, and we reduce young men to gross caricature.

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