“Rape Culture” Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women
By Wendy McElroy
Vulgus Press (Canada)
Review by Hans Sherrer
September 3, 2016
“Rape Culture” Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women is Wendy McElroy’s new book. Rape Culture Hysteria impressively tackles and debunks the idea that the United States has a “rape culture” — which McElroy calls a fiction that doesn’t exist.
The majority of Americans are not generally aware of “rape culture” so it may seem bizarre to them that it needs debunking. While it is flying under the radar of the silent majority, McElroy explains “rape culture” is an idea with dangerous ramifications that has infected certain areas of American society — most notably college campuses.
Rape is a serious crime. It is so serious that 988 convicted rapists were executed in the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court abolished the death penalty as a punishment for rape in 1977. The criminal code of many states authorize a sentence of life imprisonment for a rape conviction.
The U.S. Constitution specifically mandates that a person accused of a crime — including rape — has the right to: due process; appointment of counsel; confront one’s accuser; and trial by jury. Furthermore, under the U.S. Constitution a person can only be convicted after the prosecution has introduced admissible evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is guilty.
Considering the severity American society places on rape, it is reasonable to assume that whenever a woman has a rape complaint the incident is reported to the police and handled by the legal system. A news flash for most Americans is that isn’t necessarily true. Of particular importance to those concerned about innocent persons being wrongly accused and found guilty of rape, McElroy explains the bizarre handling of rape allegations on college campuses.
With the approval of the U.S. government, institutions of higher learning can internally handle rape accusations byway of a civil administrative hearing. Those proceedings don’t adhere to the criminal rules of evidence, the accused person doesn’t have the constitutional protections of a criminally charged person, and he can be found “guilty” by a preponderance of the evidence. The preponderance standard — 50.1% likelihood of guilt — is dramatically easier to satisfy than proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That lower standard of proof makes an accused person particularly vulnerable to being wrongly found guilty in a typical “she said/he said” case. In those cases the only evidence is the accuser’s claim an assault occurred — which the accused person denies. While a person found guilty can’t be sentenced to jail, he can suffer serious consequences, and the finding of guilt can have a seriously detrimental effect on his life.
These extra-judicial college administrative procedures weighted toward finding an accused person guilty are terrifying considering that studies have show that 40% and more of rape accusations are false. It is also terrifying that innocent men are being enmeshed in that process by impressionable young women on college campuses who are misled by the rabid anti-male feminist agenda that all men are potential rapists who need to be brought to heel.
Rape Culture Hysteria is an important book that gives the reader a well grounded understanding of not just the idea of “rape culture”, but provides food for thought of the societal consequences of its acceptance by college-educated woman indoctrinated with it.
The following is the description of the chapters in Rape Culture Hysteria on Amazon.com.
Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women offers a comprehensive overview and debunking of the “rape culture” myth that has devastated campuses and is spilling into Main Street America. An ideological madness is grotesquely distorting North America’s view of sexuality. The book applies sanity to the claims that men are natural rapists and our culture encourages sexual violence.
Written by a libertarian feminist and rape survivor, Rape Culture Hysteria opens with a highly personal appeal to depoliticize rape and treat it instead as a crime. Victims need to heal. Politicizing their pain and rage is a callous political maneuver that harms victims, women and men.
Chapter One: The Fiction of the Rape Culture defines the “rape culture” and explains why it does not exist in North America. It glances back at how the fiction became embedded into society, especially in academia. Then it looks forward to an emerging rape culture trend that will deeply impact daily life: microaggressions.
Chapter Two: Intellectual Framework and Myth History of Rape Culture. The myth did not arise in an intellectual vacuum. In a straight-forward manner, Chapter Two explains the theories upon which the rape culture is based, including social construction, gender, patriarchy, post-Marxism, and social justice. It rejects three of the rape culture’s founding beliefs: rape is facilitated by society; men have created a mass psychology of rape; and, rape is a part of normal life.
Chapter Three: Dynamics of the Hysteria and Psychology of Rape Culture True Believers. The dynamics of rape culture politics are exposed through the behavior of its social justice warriors. A recent travesty is used to showcase those dynamics. On November 19, 2014, Rolling Stone accused members of a University of Virginia fraternity of gang-raping a female student. The accusation was quickly revealed as untrue. The unraveling at U-Va. is a perfect vehicle to illustrate how rape culture dogma is maintained even when it is revealed to be untrue. The chapter discusses effective tactics with which to handle social justice warriors.
Chapter Four: Data, False and True. The rape culture myth is based on untrue and unfounded “facts,” which have been repeatedly refuted. Yet they lumber on as zombie stats, kept alive by those to whom the lies are useful and so are repeated like a mantra that drowns out contradicting evidence. This chapter examines of some of the more prevalent zombie stats such as “one in every 4 or 5 women will be raped in their lifetimes.” Where did the faux “facts” originate? What evidence, if any, supports them? Which stats better reflect reality?
Chapter Five: Comparative Studies and Surveys. This chapter compares and contrasts four of the most important, frequently cited studies and surveys on rape: National Crime Victimization Survey; National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey; Campus Sexual Assault Study; and, Uniform Crime Reporting Program. They are analyzed independently but also compared to each other, including major strengths and weaknesses. Lesser studies are also analyzed in passing.
Chapter Six: Harms of the Rape Culture. The gender war must end. Chapter Six offers in-depth analysis of the extreme damage it inflicts on innocent people, with emphasis on the damage done to victims of rape. Victims are a focus because rape culture adherents claim to be their greatest champions; the opposite is true.
Chapter Seven: Solutions to Rape Culture Hysteria. Moving Toward Sanity. We can fix this. This is the ultimate message of the book. Undoing the damage is not only possible but also within reach. The solutions offered range from radical suggestions, such as abolishing the Department of Education, to more modest ones, such as recognizing rape as a criminal matter to be handled by police.
Defend yourself and your children against rape culture zealots. Demand sanity.