Kathleen Parker - perspective on rape case

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Rush to judgment at Duke
Apr 14, 2006
by Kathleen Parker

"We don't know all the facts about the alleged Duke lacrosse rape, but ..."

That's more or less how most commentators have introduced their remarks on the case that has reduced the Durham, N.C., community to prayers, tears and recriminations.

Let me interpret the code for you: Men are bad.

Even though we don't know what happened, we're not going to let the absence of facts interfere with our indictment of a team, a coach, a school, but more to the point - of boys.

About the only thing to emerge with any clarity since a black exotic dancer claimed that three white lacrosse players raped her last month is our willingness to believe the worst about males.

That belief is all the more rewarding if the males happen to be white, as well as athletes, and especially if they're perceived to be privileged. If there's one thing we can't bear in this country, it's spoiled white boys who think the world owes them a good time.

I'm not about to impugn the reputation of the woman in question or to disbelieve entirely her story. She left four red-painted fingernails in the party house where the alleged rape took place, corroborating at least part of her story.

And, despite negative DNA tests indicating that none of the team's players had sexual intercourse with the woman, the Durham County district attorney is expected to produce at least one indictment, possibly as soon as Monday when the grand jury is scheduled to convene.

Probably no one gets a citizenship award in this case, based on the facts we do know. Something happened in that house on the night in question about which, apparently, no one is proud. The team's silence and the coach's sudden resignation all contribute to the sense that something untoward took place, if perhaps something less than the alleged gang rape.

That said, it is unsurprising in these bilious times that an athletic team, some of whose members could face very serious charges, would opt for silence, most likely on the advice of attorneys. A mob formed almost instantaneously to condemn the lacrosse players, and, as history has taught us, once a mob gets a whiff of blood, nothing but blood will do.

Whatever transpires in the days and months ahead, what's most stunning isn't the revelation that a group of young men, lubricated by testosterone and brew, might become sexually aroused by a woman displaying her wares, but that we assume without evidence that they acted on their basest instincts.

The idea that males can't control themselves and that females can't be blamed - ever for anything - has been taking shape in the culture for the past several decades and now is firmly embedded in the zeitgeist. Reaction to Duke's sad chapter is but the inevitable full flowering of the anti-male seeds planted a generation ago.

Thus, we need little prompting to assume that where there's a guy, there's a potential rapist; where there's an athlete, there's seething brute force; where there's an SUV, there's a privileged, gluttonous, imperialistic brat who deserves to be found guilty, even if he isn't.

These biases have been on display the past couple of weeks, vividly so in an op-ed by North Carolina author Alan Gurganus, writing for Sunday's New York Times.

Joining the chorus of commentators who clearly found the rape charge believable if unproven, Gurganus set the stage for class resentment with key phrases like "glamorous boarding-school sports" and "wealthy young people," and highlighted other details to suggest that these are probably bad boys.

"Of the 40 or so players required to give DNA samples, nearly one-third showed previous arrests for underage drinking and public urination," he wrote.

That pounding you hear is the sound of nails being driven into the hangman's gallows. Everybody knows, after all, that there's just a wink and a six-pack's difference between drinking and tinkling outdoors and gang-raping a stripper.

While we wait to hear what the grand jury decides, we might turn our harsh judgment inward and recognize that the anti-male groupthink that permitted a presumption of guilt in Durham is little different than the lynch-mob mentality that once channeled rage against blacks.

Obviously, no woman deserves to be raped for any reason, under any circumstances. But nor do men deserve to be presumed guilty just because they're men.
 woman needs a man like a fish needs water


here is the comment I posted on Town Hall:

Thank you Kathleen

I greatly appreciate your frequent commentary against male bashing.  Our society seems to have lost its' mind over the past thirty years.  Every contribution (tremendous contributions) of men is greatly discounted and every flaw is greatly magnified.

Many men have begun to recognize the political and social hole we have allowed ourselves to be pushed into.  This trend will only begin to reverse if men start being men again and demand the respect we deserve.  Another critical part of reversing this downward spiral is for good women, like your self, speak up.

I salute you.

 woman needs a man like a fish needs water

Men's Rights Activist

"...the Durham County district attorney is expected to produce at least one indictment,"

I was watching a National Geographic the other night about rogue elephants that broke into houses in villages in the middle of the night and killed people.  They weren't after food, they were just "sociopaths."  Come to find out, their parents had been killed when they were little in culling operations, and these were young males who had no "father influence."

When adult males were introduced into the lives of these elephants, their behavior improved remarkably.

A strong parallel could be made between elephants and humans regarding unacceptable behavior and adult male influence, yet we will never see the news media report on the absence of fathers in the anti-social criminal lives of young men.  Even less reported than that (if that's possible) is the fact that society has driven those fathers from their sons lives through anti-male divorce laws - talk about sociopathic.

Wouldn't it be nice to see that being consistently covered in every news story where a man or a young man goes bad and is vilified in news coverage? :?
Life, Liberty, & Pursuit of Happiness are fundamental rights for all (including males), & not contingent on gender feminist approval or denial. Consider my "Independence" from all tyrannical gender feminist ideology "Declared" - Here & Now!


Yes MRA, saw that and wondered.

I'm still fuming from the feminist version of 'lions' on the same channel, although it's several years ago. The females do all the work. The male is useless at hunting because his flamboyant mane gives him away. All he can do is screw, blah blah blah.

The one on hyenas breaks the bounds of animal porn. The males are like little puppies and the females are BIG and rule the roost (if that's not mixing metaphors). Penetration of a female by a male is rocket science in their society. But then the females have to give birth through this long dangling vagina/clitoris thing and many die in the process.  Luckily lots of junior females are waiting in the wings.

Decades ago an old friend of mine could do a perfect imitation of the Disney narration on the lives of bears. "Oh-oh, here comes junior!"
Anthropomorphism =  :vomit:
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