Feminist ‘Logic’

Barb Wire

Never let facts get in the way of a useful narrative:

When President Obama announced in September his “It’s On Us” initiative to combat college sexual assault, he declared that “an estimated 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted in her college years.” . . .

But now, in the wake of a new federal Department of Justice report showing the incidence of rape and sexual assault on campus at far lower levels and trending down over the last decade, that statistic is being called into question.

An initiative to combat college sexual assault, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., also is under fresh scrutiny. . . .
“Frankly, it is irritating that anybody would be distracted by which statistics are accurate,” said McCaskill, whose legislation also calls for a national survey of campus assault. . . . “This will always be an underreported crime.”

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Using data from the Census Bureau’s Crime Victimization survey, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ new report, released earlier this month, states that between 1995 and 2013, 6.1 female college students of every 1,000 reported being a victim of rape or sexual assault the previous year. The 2013 report of 4.3 rapes or sexual assaults of college women per 1,000 was half the roughly 9 per 1,000 reported in the early 2000s.

Glenn Reynolds observes:

Old narrative: The statistical proof of our argument is overwhelming!

New narrative: Our argument is too important to be undermined by mere statistics!

Feminist ideology requires that rape be a pervasive problem — “a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear,” to quote Susan Brownmiller — in order to justify their continued war against patriarchal oppression. Therefore, it does not matter if a highly-publicized atrocity tale turns out to be a hoax, nor does it matter what actual trend the data show. Facts and logic are tools of the patriarchy, and disagreeing with feminists is hate.

First published at TheOtherMcCain.com

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Robert Stacy McCain
Robert Stacy McCain is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the news business. He is a correspondent for The American Spectator, editor-in-chief at Viral Read and blogs at TheOtherMcCain.com.

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