As I've said before, it pays to step back, clear your vision, and look at something with fresh eyes And one such instance that required me to do this happened recently. Namely, how my view of rape has changed.
I personally have not gotten all that much into the "rape culture" thing because there's enough people covering it and it's also too "dramaticy" for me. The feminists lie about the "epidemic" of rape on campus, saner heads point out to the obvious risks men face with false rape claims, add to that I'm viscerally repulsed by rape so I have a natural predisposition to avoid the topic. However, with the "Yes Means Yes" legislation being pushed through California's legislature, I was more or less compelled to address it or at least look into it because of the obvious increase in false rape claims and its potentially disastrous consequences for men.
I made a link, mentioned it on a podcast I believe, addressed the obvious slippery slope such legislation presented, etc., etc,. But it wasn't until I read this article did I realize how my view of rape had changed. And not for the better.
My reaction to the article was what you'd expect of my typically dour and cynical nature:
"Oh yeah, right, you were 'raped'."
"Oh wow, what are the chances she's doing that just for her thesis."
"Uh huh, more attention whoring."
"Oh! There it is! The 1 in 4 lie!"
But that's just it. Think about it.
20 years ago had I heard about a girl being raped I would have been appalled and angry. I would have been concerned if she was alright. I'd be demanding the guy be tracked down and castrated. Heck, I'd probably go and hunt him down myself.
But today my natural, default reaction is...
disbelief and distrust.
And this is the VERY important point I'm trying to make. Because feminists in their desire to create a false "rape epidemic," to make every man on campus a potential threat and every woman a victim, to get to the point they are intervening in innocent private sexual lives to this extent has so alienated most men (and saner women) that they are suffering from "false rape claim burnout." So much so people no longer focus on rape, but whether they're LYING about being raped.
The consequences are typical of feminism and leftism - they harm the people they claim they're trying to help, specifically in this case, GENUINE rape victims. The TRUE victims of rape can no longer rely on immediate support from the community and sane minds. Thanks to leftists, feminists and their gender politics, real victims of rape are immediately greeted with cynicism and disbelief. In some circles the trust has been so eroded people just assume every rape claim is false.
Sadly, this is where many of us need to step back, rub our eyes and look at things clearly. Just because feminists and their "rape culture" have tainted the reputation of self-proclaimed victims of rape, you need to remember that rape does happen, it is a horrifying experience, and there are genuine victims that do need help and support. The trick is to reserve judgement until the facts are in.
In the meantime men, get that "after sex text" and avoid university campuses that are insane enough to instill a "Yes means yes" policy.