Montag, März 03, 2014

Barbara Kay: Die feministische Wahnvorstellung von der "Rape culture"

Die kanadische Journalistin Barbara Kay beschäftigt sich in einem aktuellen Artikel mit der feministischen Behauptung, wir würden in einer "Vergewaltigungskultur" leben – eine Behauptung, die spätestens mit der #Aufschrei-Hysterie auch nach Deutschland suppte, sich aber vor allem auf US-amerikanische Hochschulen konzentriert:

If the risk of sexual assault on campus were truly one in five – to take the "conservative" estimate – no parent in their right mind would send their daughter to coed universities. But they do. And on campus after campus, we are seeing action being taken to prevent rape, in the form, for example, of McGill’s new "Forum of Consent," the purpose of which is apparently to transmogrify sexual foreplay into a Stasi-level interrogation of intention, without which the sex act to follow is ipso facto sexual assault.

(...) 'The fact is that "rape culture" is a form of popular mania like so many others before it. It does not exist. Or if it does, nobody has yet brought forward evidence of it. (...) Many observers have become more, not less skeptical with the mounting hysteria. One such observer has done something useful to validate our skepticism. Chad Hermann, a writer and management communication professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, has published an article in assessing both the claims and the actual statistical evidence for rape culture, in which he illuminates some glaring contradictions.

Hermann set the typical projected figure of 20-25% of women as victims of forced sex against the reported sexual assault offenses over three years at Pittsburgh’s three largest residential universities: the University of Pittsburgh (UP), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Duquesne University (DU). In 2009: At UP, with 14,800 female students, four sexual assaults were reported. At CMU, with about 3,900 female students, six sexual assaults were reported (a three-year high). At DU, with 5,700 females, three were reported.

But wait: We "know" (we don’t really) that 90% of rapes go unreported! Okay, Hermann adjusts the numbers to reflect that, giving UP 40 assaults, CMU 60 and DU 30. Are we at one-in-four yet? Hardly. We’re at one-in-185 (average of the three). That was in 2009. Over three years, 2007-9, women’s chances of being sexually assaulted average out for the reported cases to one in 1,877. If you factor in the 90% allegedly unreported, you get a maximum of only one in 188.

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