There’s “fake news” – then there’s fake news; the most appallingly phony of the appallingly phony; the stuff that makes the rest of it look harmless by comparison.
Consider this example from thecollegefix.com’s Daniel Payne: “A website allegedly run by University of Washington students allows individuals to publicly accuse people of sexual assault with no evidence.”
Once more, with emphasis: “publicly accuse people …with no evidence“.
Whatever could go wrong there?
Registered in November 2017, “Make them scared” launched late September of this year as a self-identified “communal rape list”. Its moderators attempt to legally cover themselves with this cutesy dodge plastered atop the lineup of supposed miscreants: “Please remember, just because a name is on this list does not mean the individual is guilty. All it means is that we have received an accusation against them.” (Doubtless, that’s a big load off the minds of the incriminated — as we all know, readers aren’t inclined to assume the worst of individuals in these kinds of situations, right?)
As of earlier this month, every person fingered on the site so far is male (ya don’t say?!?). Many of them appear to be UW students though, reportedly, lads from other schools are finding their names publicized as well.
Don’t forget: no evidence required.
One of the accused informed The College Fix the University of Washington dismissed as baseless the allegations against him. Chillingly, he wasn’t aware he’d even made the reputation-annihilating roster until the Fix notified him.
Filed under “No, duh!” would be this morsel: Following the Brett Kavanaugh sexual-abuse claims/Supreme Court nomination clown-show? “[T]he list of accused rapists and sexual assault perpetrators has grown substantially on the site”.
Y’see, that’s how these things predictably play out: Along with instinctively crediting the worst about others when they’re implicated in something lurid, a certain subset of the population goes further — copycatting nefarious behavior that’s been openly rewarded.
Kavanaugh’s career was nearly train-wrecked, his heretofore distinguished name tarnished — perhaps forever; all based on slurs against him that remain thumpingly unverified. Why would petty or vindictive or sadistic persons not be inspired to follow suit against other guiltless parties? To “Kavanaugh” him, as it were?
To reiterate, for those who’ve yet to acknowledge the obvious: a charge leveled does not constitute a charge proven. Sometimes women lie, as do men — both sexes equal in their capacity for mendacity.
Crunch the numbers: innocent males will suffer personal catastrophe as a result of “Make them scared”.
Ladies who dig in their heels – high-heels or otherwise — against these realities are confirming the demeaning and unwelcome stereotype of the “hysterical” woman who needs to “calm down” and “stop being so sensitive”. They represent a battalion of irrrationalists, heads down and marching straight against the headwinds of facts, common sense and civilization-preserving decency. (By the way, their pandering male abettors merit the same assessment.)
Recent and remote experience supplies lots of corroboration that bogus rape claims have already taken their share of scalps: for starters, the Pittsburgh teenager whose life was wrenched inside-out by four high-school girls — four! — who cried rape against him; and later recanted. Or the sex-assault fabulations issuing from Duke University (the “Lacrosse Case”), University of Virginia (Rolling Stone), Columbia (“Mattress Girl”) and Hofstra (“gang-rape”) Universities. Then there’s one of the United States’ least flattering historical episodes: the near-lynching of the “Scottsboro boys” over viciously/racially concocted rape accusations. And why not toss in the still fresh and facially groundless assault on Kavanaugh?
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and, particularly, the just-concluded High Court confirmation controversy, we’re lectured #BelievetheSurvivors or #BelievetheVictims is the only acceptable option for any hormonally-charged indictment. Yet, when girls who cry wolf are exposed, instead, to be a gaggle of flighty scolds who didn’t even spot a chipmunk, who’s really the victim? Maybe the poor schlub who legitimately did nothing untoward, but is consigned henceforth to suspected-pervert-who-got-away-with-it status anyway?
During the Kavanaugh debacle, Late Show scribe Ariel Dumas briefly tweeted the following: “Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life”. She removed the post the next day, pleading a “tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm”. Nonetheless, I can’t help believing (to paraphrase) “out of the abundance of her heart, her twitter account spoke.”
Meanwhile, another bunch filched the newly-christened Justice’s name as homepage for “a resource for sexual assault survivors”: BrettKavanaugh.com. The Guardian terms it “squatting on a url for political trolling purposes”. Bear with my intuiting their seeming motivation, like Ms. Dumas’, shares much with that of the creeps over at makethemscared.com: beneath the pro-women sanctimony, a seething determination to smear an honorable man.
Hey, dudes — is a society serenely making allowances for that result one you want to face every day? How about you, sisters with brothers or moms with sons who end up potential sitting ducks for the recriminations of bitter, unstable or vengeful women?
And for all of us, whether chromosomally XX or XY, what happens when these theatrically sloppy standards migrate over to other finger-pointing areas? You embezzled! You lied! You ate the last donut! Says who? Believe the plaintiff. Believe the “victim”.
In a spasm of irony all too ordinary in 2018, Payne specifies “Make them scared” goes to purposeful lengths shielding rape accusers’ identities. The Daily UW mentions “additional security” was activated “so as not to reveal the identity of the person who registered” the website eleven months ago. It’s the cyber-space equivalent of shifty “anonymous sources” passing along gossip to overeager journalists – except arguably worse by an order of magnitude.
Nice to know at least someone’s privacy is being guarded in this abomination.
One more ironic twist: not a few of those snapping “fake news” at any development they find disagreeable, contrarily designate “real news” anything advancing their cause or worldview. Truth told, it’d be encouraging if that last sentence turned out to be a false analysis; “fake news”, if you will. Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear that’s not the case.
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