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The Middle East and North Africa’s rape culture
Monday January 11th, 2016
True story, as related to me by an impeccable source: Some years ago my close friend and her husband travelled to Morocco as part of an organized tour. One day, browsing in the marketplace, it happened that all the other tour members were shopping inside various stores and my friend’s husband took a bathroom break, leaving my friend temporarily alone in the street. “Lik...
The rape crisis industry
Tuesday December 1st, 2015
In the summer of 2014, CBC News contacted 87 Canadian post-secondary institutions to ascertain the incidence of reported sexual assaults on students between 2009-13. The survey included reports to the university and/or to the police, whether or not they resulted in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution. Notably, “[the CBC survey] did not include reports that did not fit...
Rape culture and the problem with numbers
Thursday November 26th, 2015
Most mainstream news publications publish, you know, news. Except when it’s about “rape culture” on campus, when no news is also considered news. Case in point: following a winter survey they initiated last year on campus sexual assault, CBC News this fall conducted a survey of 87 post-secondary institutions to investigate the reporting of sexual assaults in 2014 on and...
To understand Bill Cosby, start with Alfred C. Kinsey
Wednesday July 29th, 2015
In a letter to the editor in the July 25 National Post regarding Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes, Jerry Pryde, of Stoney Creek, Ont., wrote: “It should be noted one of Cosby’s accusers claims the deed occurred at the Playboy mansion when she was 15. This raises the question: who allowed a 15-year old girl inside what amounts to little more than a high-end brothel?&rdquo...
Rape culture’s biggest victim may be honesty and truth
Friday May 22nd, 2015
Does the Guinness Book of World Records have a category for persistence in carrying a mattress around a university campus? If they did, Emma Sulkowicz, who has just graduated from New York’s Columbia University, would doubtless be the record holder. Whether she deserves praise for it or not is another issue. Sulkowicz carried the mattress – she called it an art project ...
Thou shall not bear false witness … except against men
Wednesday April 8th, 2015
The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has released a 12,000-word report on Rolling Stone magazine’s infamous November 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus.” Infamous because the shocking University of Virginia gang-rape narrative, written by longtime investigative reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was exposed as factually unsound while the pages were still warm ...
Rape culture vs. Rape fantasyland
Wednesday February 11th, 2015
I’m so old I can remember when Feb. 14 wasn’t Vagina Day, so named for the play, The Vagina Monologues, productions of which are mounted every Feb. 14 on campuses continent-wide. Vagina Day co-opted “Valentines Day,” a nice occasion when it was customary for a man to give a woman candy or flowers as a token of love. (Nowadays a tradition-oriented but canny u...
Rape culture proofiness feeds moral panic over non-existent epidemic
Monday January 19th, 2015
Last week University of Ottawa president Allan Rock announced the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team would not be allowed to participate in the 2015-16 season. It would appear that the whole team is paying a collective price for the fact that two of its members were accused of sexual assault during a team trip to Thunder Bay last year. The final outcome might see the university ...
More rape statistics by the biased for the biased
Monday December 22nd, 2014
A new Forum Research telephone survey of 1,658 concludes that one in five women have been raped or sexually assaulted. Yet that widely contested figure is still not good enough for radical feminists. University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy (whose previous claim to fame is a book that advocates justice provisions that would permit female victims of domestic violence to k...
Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes
Thursday December 18th, 2014
There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire. Some U.S. law students want their profes...
Rolling Stone was performing advocacy, not journalism
Wednesday December 10th, 2014
A crisis at Rolling Stone magazine is a cautionary tale of the harm done to journalism when reporters abandon objectivity and due diligence in order to further a political agenda. Last month the magazine ran a story by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely about an alleged 2012 fraternity gang rape of a University of Virginia student. According to the harrowing tale of the victi...
Mothers against fake rape seek to turn the tide of drunken allegations
Wednesday August 27th, 2014
It is probably a good thing that 66-year old UK judge, Mary Jane Mowat, has just retired from Oxford Crown Court. Her new status permits her to remain serenely indifferent to the torrent of abuse already being directed her way by outraged ideologues. The outspoken judge’s offence was to make some honest and public observations about the low rate of convictions for allege...
A new Salon des Refusés
Wednesday May 21st, 2014
In 1973, U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew spoke at Drexel University’s graduation ceremonies. Left-wing students hated what he stood for, but assumed his right to speak. But in 2014, the heirs of that “New Left” movement make no such assumption, as witness the recent rejection of high-achieving but politically incorrect U.S. graduation honorees. Worse, today’s gate...
‘Rape culture’ fanatics don’t know what a culture is
Saturday March 8th, 2014
In today’s edition of the Post, there is a very thoughtful and serious discussion of whether the phenomena of “rape culture” even exists. It will no doubt receive the usual stream of invective — accusations of trivializing rape, denying that sexual assaults occur, implying that women who drank too much deserved to be raped. Hardly real criticisms in any intellectu...
Rape culture and the delusions of the feminist mind
Friday February 28th, 2014
In 1841 Scottish journalist Charles Mackay published a history of popular folly called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, a rather sensationalistic overview of the irrationality that occasionally seizes an entire society or nation. Most famous are his economic examples, like the 1840s “Railway Mania,” as well as the notorious South Sea Bubble (17...
Don’t exaggerate ‘rape culture’ on campus
Wednesday December 4th, 2013
Sixteen months ago, three McGill University Redmen football players were charged with sexual assault of a former Concordia student whom they met in a Montreal bar. The incident was described, in a now familiar pattern, as a spontaneous, late-night sexual episode, after which the alleged victim “woke up quite dazed” hours later, reporting the assault “as her memory retur...
The frosh week code
Wednesday September 11th, 2013
Embarrassed by a “frosh week” gone awry, administrations and student governments at St. Mary’s University in Halifax (SMU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have been scrambling to defuse criticism sparked by Internet outings of rape-trivializing rituals. At an event called “Turf Burn” at SMU, student leaders and volunteer “facilitators&rdqu...
Serena Williams was right the first time
Thursday June 20th, 2013
Tennis champion Serena Williams is one tough cookie, and she has on her when she’s angry what my mother would have called a “mouth.” I am thinking of the time at the 2009 U.S. Open when she threatened to shove a ball down a line judge’s throat because she disagreed with his call on a foot fault. Yep, when that woman has a strong opinion, I wouldn’t want to b...
Paying the price for ‘hook-up’ culture
Tuesday April 16th, 2013
Last week, an anonymous male Toronto college student male created a Facebook page in which he described a sexual adventure with a girl so drunk “she could barely walk.” The narrator also alleged that the girl had sex with a roommate who walked in during the encounter. An indignant young woman who reported the page (which was eventually removed) characterized it as an ex...
Amanda Todd’s death shows the need to expose cyberbullies
Friday October 12th, 2012
October is National Anti-Bullying month. As a tragic reminder of the need for this, we learn that 15-year old Amanda Todd, a former “spunky” cheerleader and Grade 10 student at the Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education school in British Columbia, killed herself Wednesday as a result of a cyberbullying campaign against her. Amanda’s story began in Grade 7 when she an...
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