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K.C. JOHNSON: ‘Rape Culture’ Fraud–Unmasking a Delusion. It’s less a “delusion” than a manipulative/propaganda technique.

NOWADAYS I THINK THIS PICTURE WOULD BE EVIDENCE OF “RAPE CULTURE:” Everlasting Embrace: Man From Iconic WWII Kiss Photo Dies.

FALSE RAPE CHARGES: ‘These girls are vicious and greedy’: Premier League star who was cleared of gang rape hits out at women who he claims target wealthy footballers. Well, when there’s a big payoff and no consequences — note the story doesn’t even mention the false-accuser’s name — some people will act badly.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Daughter’s lie gets boyfriend shot by father who thought he was rapist.

Related: Birmingham man cleared of rape by Appeal Court after conviction quashed. Sure are a lot of stories along these lines out today.

WE NEED TO TEACH GIRLS NOT TO RAPE: Maryland girls tortured autistic boy, forced him to perform sex act with family pet. “The suspects recorded themselves assaulting their mentally challenged victim by pointing a knife to his throat, making him walk across a frozen pond and not helping when he fell in multiple times and kicking him in the groin, Cameron said. Perhaps the most appalling charge was a sexual act they allegedly coerced him into performing.” So now it’s not only women who make false charges of rape who are being caught up by cellphone evidence, but women who commit rape themselves.

FALSE ACCUSATIONS IN A MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE:

Chief Serbia testified that he asked her, “Were you raped?” and she replied, “No.”

Text messages and journal entries suggest the affair was loving, passionate and consensual, the defense asserts. One of her diary entries read, “My biggest fear is that there is still something there in his marriage.” In another entry, the captain wrote, “I’m so in love with him and the idea of always being with him that I forget about large factors that would prevent that.”

Meanwhile, there’s reason to suspect that the military was more interested in producing a scalp as evidence that it was taking sexual assault seriously than in doing justice. Christina Hoff Sommers is comparing this to the Duke Lacrosse false-rape case.

RAPE CULTURE: Democrat-Controlled Senate Blocks Sexual Assault Bill. #headlineitlikepartieswerereversed

OBVIOUSLY, WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRINK AT ALL, SINCE THEY’RE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE IT: The New Sexual Double Standard: When Alcohol Is Involved, Men Are Rapists And Women Are Rape Victims. I guess they should be kept at home until marriage, so that they’re always under the supervision of a responsible male, since they’re not up to autonomous decisionmaking out in the wider world.

HMM: Sex in prison is commonplace, the male inmates just hide it more than girls.

Apparently, women lack moral agency:

In fact many females are often in prison because of men. . . . Many female prisoners have been coerced into committing crimes for their partners and when they end up behind bars they find themselves abandoned and they have to survive. And sexism doesn’t stop at the prison walls. Females are still at risk of abuse and rape and unfortunately because they are inmates there is often no legal remedy available for them to seek justice. The word of a prisoner is hardly ever believed. I have sat in on adjudications where to me it was clear that the prison officer is lying but the governor will always rule in their favour. So keeping on the right side of officers is paramount for survival. Many of these women have been abused or have mental health issues and they are vulnerable.

Male prisoners, of course, have none of these problems, and are never in jail because of women.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND “RAPE CULTURE:” Rand Paul: Democrats should be embarrassed to be seen with Bill Clinton.

WELL, CLINTON IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE DEMOCRATS’ EMBRACE OF “RAPE CULTURE:” McConnell: I’m happy to have Bill Clinton campaign against me.

OBAMA FATIGUE: Alison Lundergan Grimes doesn’t want Obama’s help on the campaign trail. But, in a nod to the prevalance of “rape culture,” she will accept help from Bill Clinton.

SO CAITLIN FLANAGAN HAS A PIECE ABOUT the “Dark Power of Fraternities.” But it’s really three pieces. One, which I found interesting as a law professor, is about how fraternities and insurance companies try to deal with liability. Another, which seems rather obvious, has to do with fraternities’ alumni support giving them leverage with the university.

The third, which is the least convincing, uses a single episode in which a town ne’er-do-well crashed a fraternity party and raped a student as the capstone proof that fraternities have a big rape problem. Maybe they do, but this doesn’t prove it. People are raped in dormitories and libraries, often by town ne’er-do-wells who shouldn’t be there, without people talking about how libraries have a big rape problem that reflects badly on their institutional character.

But this bit seems quite correct:

In 1984 Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, with the ultimate result of raising the legal drinking age to 21 in all 50 states. This change moved college partying away from bars and college-sponsored events and toward private houses—an ideal situation for fraternities. When these advances were combined with the evergreen fraternity traditions of violent hazing and brawling among rival frats, the scene quickly became wildly dangerous.

She also has some good observations on the fetishization of college in general. But overall, the piece doesn’t deliver insight commensurate with its length.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Are Two Actual People Still Required for a Relationship?

The next logical step, of course, is robot romance. Scientists have already created robots that can wash your hair, serve you tea, vacuum your house, mow your lawn, and even interact with you socially. With each successive generation these robots become more and more human in appearance and behavior. And they’re already pretty darn real. In fact, studies have shown that troubled children often respond more readily to therapeutic contact with a robot than a human caregiver. These well-programmed therapy robots are able improve almost any child’s mood, and they can nearly always get antisocial children to interact more willingly with other children and also with adults. Plus, these robots don’t get annoyed, impatient, or disappointed when children are challenging, unresponsive, or just plain difficult, so what’s not to love? And if children can have healthy emotional responses to non-organic beings, why can’t adults?

How much longer will it be before Rosie, the walking, talking, emoting robot maid from The Jetsons is real? And what will happen when Rosie’s manufacturer decides she’ll sell better if she looks like a supermodel and has realistic sex-toy genitalia? Will we suddenly prefer sexual activity with robots to real people? And if these ultra-sexy robots can be programmed to behave as if they adore their owner, as Samantha does in “Her,” it’s pretty easy to visualize humans bonding with these “beings” every bit as fully and intimately as they might with a real person.

Nobody tell notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias.

FELONS AND VOTING: So Attorney General Eric Holder, perhaps reflecting that most felons tend to vote Democratic, thinks that felons should be allowed to vote. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey thinks that felons shouldn’t vote.

Let me suggest that the real problem is that we have too many felons, because too many crimes have been designated as felonies. Traditionally, felonies were very serious crimes, for which the death penalty was common. The justification for loss of civil rights, like voting, was that though you were being allowed to live, your crime — rape, murder, etc. — was sufficiently serious that it separated you from civil society. That can’t be maintained where today’s rather promiscuous designation of felonies is concerned. Personally, I think there should be — and, in fact, are, though not presently recognized by the courts — limitations on what can be designated a felony under the Due Process Clause. I may write something on this someday, but in the meantime I would refer readers to the discussion of malum in se vs. malum prohibitum in my Ham Sandwich Nation piece as a starting point.

IT’S DECEPTION ALL THE WAY DOWN: A Deceptive California Bill On Campus Rape. You want to turn colleges into finishing schools for girls? This is the way.

FAKE RAPE CHARGES SHOULD BE REGARDED AS A HATE CRIME: Florida woman faked rape after skipping work: authorities. “Alexandra Westover’s harrowing tale of a rush hour assault on the side of a Florida turnpike was a hoax, Palm Beach County Sheriff says. The 21-year-old Boca Raton woman reportedly needed an excuse to explain why she didn’t show up at her job.”

NEW FRONTIERS IN SEXISM: The Misguided Campaign to Protect Women.

An unusual article appears in the Education Life section of Sunday’s New York Times. The headline is disturbing: “If She Can’t Stop Him, YOU CAN. Bystander intervention may be the best hope to reduce sexual assault on campus.”

The strong implication here, and in the article, is 1) that rape is out of control on our campuses, and 2) that women, confronted by so many would-be rapists, can’t do much about it, or shouldn’t have to. So, 3) bystanders appear to be the best hope of intervening to save women from rape.

The article lists a few possible rape-averting interventions: turning on the lights or the music off at parties, spilling a drink on the guy, or perhaps saying to the potential rapist, “This woman doesn’t want to talk to you, but there’s another woman downstairs who likes you.” (There would be no other woman downstairs). According to the article a female friend might say to the rape target, “Here’s the tampon you asked for,” thus decreasing the sexual ardor of the nearby rapist-to-be.

This a very bleak view of men and not a very positive one of women either.

Women are depicted as fragile flowers, so passive and unable to cope with campus parties that they need outside protectors playing weird tricks to ward off sexual assault. The article, like the feminist campaign behind it–from college skits to an advertising effort–has nothing to say about how women might take action themselves, such as not getting blind drunk in the company of solo males they don’t know well.

Even raising that point makes you some sort of sexist troglodyte, I think. But hey, when women on campus can’t even deal with a semi-nude statue, maybe they really are fragile flowers. Probably they should just get married after high school and stay home with kids, where it’s safe.

CLAUDIA ROSETT ON THE HYPOCRISY OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONDEMNING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER SEX ABUSE:

That’s rich coming from the U.N., which has still not solved its own festering problems of peacekeeper sex abuse, including the rape of minors. Exposing abusers and holding them to account is a great idea. The Vatican has spent years addressing the scandal of its own past handling of such cases. But the U.N. hardly engages in the transparency it is now promoting.

The U.N. releases only generic statistics on violations committed by personnel working under its flag. The U.N. doesn’t share with the public such basic information as the names of the accused or the details of what they did to people the U.N. dispatched them to protect. Blue berets accused of sex crimes are simply sent back to their home countries, where in the majority of cases they drop off the radar.

Though the U.N. has been recording a drop in sex-abuse cases since it began releasing numbers in 2007, the number of alleged instances of rape and exploitation each year still runs into the dozens. (This may understate the realities, given the hurdles to victims coming forward, often in societies in tumult or at war.) From 2007-13, the U.N. reported more than 600 allegations of rape or sexual exploitation, with 354 substantiated—many of them involving minors. The numbers do not convey how ugly some of these cases get. Details can occasionally be gleaned when an incident seeps past the U.N. wall of omerta and makes it into the news, as with the peacekeeper gang rape in 2011 of a Haitian teenager, whose agony was caught on video.

If it weren’t for double standards, the U.N. would have no standards at all.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Boy-Crazy Teacher Meredith Powell Raped Tacoma Teenagers, Police Say.

Remember, male teachers are rare because people think they’re likely to be sexual predators.

“GAME-CHANGER:” India Opens Up Tourist Visas. “On Wednesday, India announced it sought to extend its visa-on-arrival program to tourists from 180 countries, including the U.K., U.S. and China, in a bid to accelerate slow growth in tourism. . . . This slowdown, in part, was prompted by widespread concerns over women’s safety in India, which dominated national consciousness after the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in December 2012. A series of high-profile attacks on foreigners, including the gang rape of an American last June and of a Danish tourist last month, further dented India’s image as a popular tourist destination, travel agents said.” Yeah, I think it’s going to take more than easier visas to offset that.

WHEN YOU EAT YOUR SUPER BOWL GUACAMOLE, YOU’RE SUPPORTING GENUINE HEROES: The Avocado Uprising: Mexican growers in the world’s avocado capital chase off violent extortionists. “In November, a band of Tancítaro residents wielding wooden clubs and old hunting rifles joined forces with well-armed vigilantes from nearby towns to run off most members of the Knights Templar, a criminal gang allegedly involved in extortion, kidnapping, rape and homicide throughout the state.” The people, united, will never be defeated.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: A shock to the system: Electroconvulsive Therapy shows mood disorder-specific therapeutic benefits.

BOGUS NUMBERS AND LAME POLICIES: Cathy Young: The White House Overreaches on Campus Rape.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Grossly Overstated? “At the University of Pittsburgh, there are roughly 14,800 female students. If their chances of being sexually assaulted are 1-in-4, there should be about 3,700 sexual assaults each year. In 2009, the most recent year for which full statistics are available, Pitt students reported 4. At Carnegie Mellon University, there are roughly 3,900 female students. If their chances of being sexually assaulted are 1-in-4, there should be about 975 sexual assaults each year. In 2009, CMU reported 6. (That figure was a three-year high.) At Duquesne University, there are roughly 5,700 female students. If their chances of being sexually assaulted are 1-in-4, there should be about 1,425 sexual assaults each year. In 2009, Duquesne reported 3.”

UPDATE: Commenters note that the cited 1-in-4 figure is supposed to be a lifetime number, but these actual-rape numbers are still awfully small for something that’s supposed to be a national epidemic.

DEMOCRATS’ SELF-ASSESSMENT OF THEIR BASE’S GULLIBILITY: Does anyone seriously believe that the Republicans have proposed a “Rape Audits” bill? Apparently the DCCC thinks its donors can be suckered into falling for this ludicrous claim. Hey, they voted for Obama twice. . . .

ACCOUNTABILITY: Woman Gets 5 Years For Making False Rape Report.

A 38-year-old Michigan woman was sentenced Friday to five years in prison after being convicted last month of making up a story that two men had entered her home about 80 miles from Detroit and raped her.

The two men, who attended the same church as Sara Ylen’s ex-husband, likely would have been charged, but for the “air-tight alibis” they offered, said St. Clair County Judge Daniel Kelly. He gave Ylen two years for making a false rape report and a consecutive three-year sentence for tampering with evidence, the Associated Press reports. The evidence-tampering concerned makeup she applied to make it appear that she had been bruised.

Also present at the sentencing hearing was James Grissom, who was sentenced to 15 years in an earlier case in which Ylen said she had been raped. He was released after his conviction was reversed in 2012. At that point, he had served nearly 10 years.

He called Ylen’s sentence a “slap on the wrist,” the AP reports.

And yet much harsher punishment than is usually dealt out.

SO THE UNITED NATIONS IS LECTURING THE VATICAN ON SEX ABUSE? Given U.N. personnel’s record of child rape in multiple settings, that’s pretty pathetic.

WAR ON MEN: Campus Rape Tribunals Are Out of Control.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Chaneya Kelly On Falsely Accusing Her Father Of Rape. “Dear Daddy … I do feel bad about telling a lie. All I want to do is put it all behind. You want the truth I’ll tell you the truth … I guess Mommy was drunk or something, Mommy came in with the belt asking me ‘what did your father do to you?, what did he do?’ I said ‘nothing.’ She said ‘Tell me or I’ll beat you.’ So I didn’t want to get beat so I made up a lie that I’d take back any day … I feel guilty when I talk about it. I feel that I should be in prison instead of you. I Love You daddy and the love I have for you can never be changed. Everytime that I talk about it I think you and god both hate me …”

The guilty parties here deserve a Mandela-approved necklacing.

A GUN WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER, BUT A KNIFE WORKS, TOO: New mother stabbed home intruder to death with a steak knife after he broke in with plans to VIDEOTAPE raping her. She’s a CrossFitter, which may have helped. But my advice for the future is to buy a gun.

SILICON VALLEY INVESTOR wants to break California into six states. That still won’t get us up to 57, though.

YES. ALSO PROSECUTED: Should false rape accusers be sued?

Eighty years — that’s about how long it took the state of Alabama to posthumously pardon the last three of nine men who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping two white women on a train. They infamously were called the Scottsboro Boys, because the nine black men were just 12- to 19-years-old when they were arrested in 1931.

It turned out that the women, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, had lied to police about the rapes. At one of the trials, Bates recanted her testimony, saying she had made it all up. Still, the all-white jury convicted the boys, one after another.

Forty-three years later, a similar story: This time it was Delbert Tibbs, who died recently of cancer. Tibbs spent nearly three years in prison in Florida after he was convicted in 1974 of a rape and murder that he had nothing to do with, according to the Florida Supreme Court. . . .

In 2002, Brian Banks was one of those unfortunate statistics. He was just 17 when a classmate, Wanetta Gibson, 15, falsely accused him of raping her at school. Banks, then a top football talent, spent more than five years in prison and five years on probation for rape and kidnapping.

He was exonerated after he got his accuser to admit on tape that she lied about the rape. Banks later explained that his attorney had advised him to take a plea bargain and avoid a jury trial because “… I was a big black teenager, and no jury would believe anything I said.”

The Long Beach Unified School District sued his accuser, and she has been ordered to repay the $750,000 she was awarded in a lawsuit against the district.

Read the whole thing.

CATHY YOUNG: “Rape Culture” And Free Speech. Like “mansplaining,” the term “rape culture” is now just a functional synonym for “anything a woman disagrees with.” It need be taken no more seriously. Particularly as American/Western culture is among the least-rapey in the world, or in history.

MAGGIE MCNEILL: Treating Sex Work As Work.

The common belief in criminalization and legalization regimes is that sex work is unique among all forms of work; this view is solidly rooted in an archaic and sexist view of women as particularly fragile and vulnerable, and the “Swedish model” posits that paying for sex is a form of male violence against women. This is why only the act of payment is de jure prohibited: the woman is legally defined as being unable to give valid consent, just as an adolescent girl is in the crime of statutory rape. The man is thus defined as morally superior to the woman; he is criminally culpable for his decisions, but she is not. In one case, a 17-year-old boy (a legal minor in Sweden) was convicted under the law, thus establishing that in the area of sex, adult women are less competent than male children.

One would expect that feminists would be vehemently opposed to a law that so thoroughly infantilizes women, but it was first enacted in 1999 under pressure from state feminists; its radical feminist supporters in Sweden and other countries seem wholly oblivious to its insulting and demeaning assumptions about women’s agency. Nor is the damage caused by this remarkably bad legislation limited to dangerous precedent; despite unsupported claims by the Swedish government to the contrary, the law has been demonstrated to increase both violence and stigma against sex workers, to make it more difficult for public health workers to contact them, to subject them to increased police harassment and surveillance, to shut them out of the country’s much-vaunted social welfare system, and to dramatically decrease the number of clients willing to report suspected exploitation to the police (due to informants’ justified fear of prosecution). Furthermore, these laws don’t even do what they were supposed to do; neither the incidence of sex work (voluntary or coerced) nor the attitude of the public toward it has changed measurably in any country (Sweden, Norway and Iceland) where they have been enacted.

Yet despite this complete failure, Swedish-style rhetoric has been heavily marketed to other countries.

This comes as no great surprise. Lefties deny everyone agency, one way or another.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Jury Quickly Convicts Woman In False Rape Trial.

MORE LEGAL PUSHBACK: Former student files lawsuit against Kenyon College.

Stephen Zingarelli, a former Kenyon student who was acquitted last June of rape and gross sexual imposition, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Knox County’s Court of Common Pleas against Kenyon College, the student who accused him of rape and a student Sexual Misconduct Advisor (SMA). The suit was first reported by the Mount Vernon News yesterday.

In the suit, which contains 14 individual counts, Zingarelli accuses Kenyon of breach of contract and negligence in the training and supervision of SMAs. The suit also accuses Kenyon of violating Title IX of the Education Acts Amendment of 1972 by discriminating against him based on his sex.

Zingarelli also alleges that his student accuser subjected him to malicious prosecution, infliction of emotional duress and defamation.

In the suit, Zingarelli additionally claims his accuser destroyed evidence relevant to the case, and alleges that those actions were taken “with the aid and encouragement of [the sexual misconduct advisor], and at her direction.”

All three defendants are accused of civil conspiracy to damage Zingarelli in the suit, which was independently obtained and confirmed by the Collegian.

Note, though, that despite the acquittal the “accuser” is not named.

I think you’ll see more suits like this.

MARK STEYN ON THOSE SUSPICIOUS IRS AUDITS: Dissent Is The Highest Form Of Tax Bracket.

A couple of weeks back, cancer patient Bill Elliot, in a defiant appearance on Fox News, discussed the cancelation of his insurance and what he intended to do about it. He’s now being audited.

Insurance agent C Steven Tucker, who quaintly insists that the whimsies of the hyper-regulatory bureaucracy do not trump your legal rights, saw the interview and reached out to Mr Elliot to help him. And he’s now being audited.

As the Instapundit likes to remind us, Barack Obama has “joked” publicly about siccing the IRS on his enemies. With all this coincidence about, we should be grateful the President is not (yet) doing prison-rape gags.

Obama’s a putz, and the people at the IRS who are implementing this should have their names, and their boss’s names, and their grandbosses’ names publicized.

JOURNALISM: Duke Rape Accuser Got 160 TV News Stories on False Accusation, 3 on Murder Conviction.

ROGER KIMBALL ON Crystal Mangum’s murder conviction and the aftermath of the Duke Lacrosse false-rape case.

Travel back to 2006. Syracuse University early on got into the act when it decided not to accept as transfers any students from the Duke lacrosse team—not just the three accused chaps, mind you, but anyone contaminated by having played lacrosse for Duke. “I think it would be inappropriate,” sniffed Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross. (Where is he now? Llama farming in Peru? Nope. Still athletic director at Syracuse.)

But there are at least two other aspects of the case that deserve comment. One is the role of the media, which pounced on the story with unseemly delight. Oh, how The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and countless other bastions of liberal self-satisfaction loved it! Race. Class. Sex. Victimhood. It was the perfect morality tale. Those white jocks at “the Harvard of the South” just had to be guilty. And what a good time we were all going to have lacerating the malefactors while at the same time preening ourselves on our own superior virtue!

The editorials, the op-eds, the comments, the analyses poured forth non-stop, demonstrating that one of the deepest human passions is the urge to self-righteous pontification. The novelist Allan Gurganus epitomized the tone in an op-ed for the Times in April 2006: “The children of privilege,” he thundered, “feel vividly alive only while victimizing, even torturing.” You don’t say? Even sports writers got into the act. Selena Roberts located Duke University “at the intersection of entitlement and enablement, . . . virtuous on the outside, debauched on the inside.” By August 2006, as District Attorney Michael Nifong’s case was betraying worrisome fissures, the Times published a 6,000-word article arguing—“praying” might be a more apposite term—that, whatever weaknesses there might be in the prosecution’s case, “there is also a body of evidence to support [taking] the matter to a jury.” As the Times columnist David Brooks ruefully noted after the tide had begun to turn, the campaign against the athletes had the lineaments of a “witch hunt.”

Indeed. Richard Brodhead, Duke’s president, got out his broomstick and suspended the accused students, fired the lacrosse coach, cancelled the rest of the team’s season, and pandered to every possible PC interest, but especially to those baying for the heads of the accused. (One commentator estimated that only 3 percent of Brodhead’s statements could be construed as supporting the accused students.)

And then there was the Duke faculty. As Vincent Carroll, writing in the Rocky Mountain News, noted, “the most astonishing fact, hands down, was and remains the squalid behavior of the community of scholars at Duke itself. For months nearly the entire faculty fell into one of two camps: those who demanded the verdict first and the trial later, and those whose silence enabled their vigilante colleagues to set the tone.”

Particularly egregious was the behavior of the “Group of 88,” a congeries of faculty activists and fellow-travelers who signed “What Does a Social Disaster Sound Like?,” a full-page manifesto published in April 2006 in the Duke student newspaper. The statement, which purported to be “listening” to students on campus, mingled anonymous student comments with racialist agitprop. “Regardless of the results of the police investigation,” ran part of the introductory comment, “what is apparent every day now is the anger and fear of many students who know themselves to be objects of racism and sexism.” There followed a mosaic of histrionic proclamations: “We want the absence of terror,” one student is supposed to have said. “But we don’t really know what that means.” “This is not a different experience for us here at Duke University. We go to class with racist classmates, we go to gym with people who are racists . . .”

Some of the Group of 88 were common or garden-variety academic liberals—timid souls whose long tenure in the protected purlieus of the university surrounded by adolescents has nurtured their risible sense of self-importance and political enlightenment. But a good percentage were radicals more devoted to political activism than scholarship. Indeed, one scandal that still has not received sufficient publicity is the preposterous pseudo-scholarship purveyed by many trendy academics. A look at the CVs of many members of the Group of 88 provides a case in point, partly shocking, partly embarrassing.

Mostly pathetic.

THE GROUP OF 88 WERE UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Duke lacrosse false rape accuser found guilty of second-degree murder. “Mangum stabbed boyfriend Reginald Daye with a kitchen knife during an argument in April 2011. Daye died at the hospital 10 days later from complications related to the stabbing.”

IMAGINING THE POST-ANTIBIOTICS FUTURE.

Five years after my great-uncle’s death, penicillin changed medicine forever. Infections that had been death sentences—from battlefield wounds, industrial accidents, childbirth—suddenly could be cured in a few days. So when I first read the story of his death, it lit up for me what life must have been like before antibiotics started saving us.

Lately, though, I read it differently. In Joe’s story, I see what life might become if we did not have antibiotics any more. . . . Before antibiotics, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of nine people who got a skin infection died, even from something as simple as a scrape or an insect bite. Three out of ten people who contracted pneumonia died from it. Ear infections caused deafness; sore throats were followed by heart failure. In a post-antibiotic era, would you mess around with power tools? Let your kid climb a tree? Have another child?

Indeed. We need to move faster on new antibiotics, and especially on phages and other antibiotic alternatives, discussed here.

CAMPUS SEXISM: “The writer, Tara Culp-Resser, did not seem to realize that by her definition, the man can be considered a victim of sexual assault as much as the woman — leading to the absurd conclusion that they were raping each other.”

Plus:

The question of what is “rape” — or a “rape culture” — can be distracting. We’re talking about a university’s disciplinary code, not putting people in prison. The case at the link shows the problem of treating the female as the presumptive victim in drunken-but-otherwise-seemingly-consensual sex. But what’s so bad about treating them both as violators of a campus code forbidding drunken sex?

As I said the other day, it might help to ease up on the “rape culture” talk and discuss whether there’s a “bad sex” culture.

Whether or not there’s such a thing as “rape culture” aimed at repressing women, on campus there’s clearly a “rape talk culture” aimed at repressing men. A sensible approach would undermine this primary function.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: Milwaukee Aldi stores pull grapes after shopper finds black widow spider in container.

Plus: Potentially Deadly Spiders Found in Supermarket Banana. You never hear about this happening with bacon.

THE DANGERS OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT: Student newspaper editor extensively explains decision to publish a letter questioning the existence of a “rape culture.” You can’t publish critical views here! This is a University!

UPDATE: Link was broken before. Fixed now. Thanks!

OKAY, HERE’S ANOTHER QUOTE FROM THAT SULTAN KNISH PIECE I LINKED EARLIER:

Competence is the real modernity and it has very little to do with the empty trappings of design that surround it. In some ways the America of a few generations ago was a far more modern place because it was a more competent place. For all our nice toys, we look like primitive savages compared to men who could build skyscrapers and fleets within a year… and build them well.

Those aren’t things we can do anymore. Not because the knowledge and skills don’t exist, but because the culture no longer allows it. We can’t do them for the same reason that Third World countries can’t do what we do. It’s not that the knowledge is inaccessible, but that the culture gets in the way.

It’s our very hollow modernity that gets in the way of our truly being modern. We can no longer build big things because the ability to implement vision on a large scale no longer exists. We can still do impressive things as individuals, but that’s also true of Kenya or Thailand. And in China, they can carry out grandiose projects, but those projects have no vision or competence.

We used to be able to combine the two by competently implementing grandiose visions, but our “modern” culture is the roadblock that prevents us from working together to make the great things that we can still envision individually.

Our modernity is style rather than substance. It’s Obama grinning. It’s the right font. It’s the right joke. It’s that sense that X knows what he’s doing because he presents it the right way. There’s nothing particularly modern about that. In most cultures, the illusion of competence trumps the real thing. It’s why so many countries are so badly broken because they go by appearances, rather than by results.

Yep. And that’s a mistake, but an easier one to make in a media-driven culture, especially when the media that drive it are lousy.

CELLPHONES: A False-Rape Antidote?

A young mother has been jailed for making two false rape claims within hours of drunkenly sleeping with a friend’s partner.

Ashleigh Loder, 25, wasted at least 100 hours of police time by inventing the assaults.

She first told officers she had been attacked by two strangers in an alley before changing her story to say a man she knew had forced her to have sex in her home.

However the friend she had accused was able to prove his innocence because he had filmed the sexual encounter on his mobile phone.

The footage showed Loder, a mother-of-two from Bideford, Devon, was a willing and active sexual participant.

She was drunk on vodka and invented her story because the partner of the man with whom she’d had sex was a friend.

She feared the consequences of the other woman finding out what they had done.

It’s not rape just because you later wish you hadn’t done it. And these cases seem to be becoming more common, which makes me wonder if they were just as common before cellphones, but never shown to be false.

EUGENE VOLOKH: She Raped Him, Using Guilt and Arguing.

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION ADVICE FROM EMILY YOFFE: College Women: Stop Getting Drunk: It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it. Of course, the men are often drunk, too. But when a drunk woman couples with a drunk man, the drunk man is somehow still responsible, while the woman is a victim, because she’s drunk. “Educating students about rape, teaching them that by definition a very drunk woman can’t consent to sex, is crucial.” Double standard much?

I do note that these college-alcohol problems seem to have gotten worse since the drinking age was boosted to 21, meaning that people went from drinking in bars, where there were non-drunk people around, to dorms and parties where everyone gets bombed.

PETER MOSKOS: Why Flogging Is More Humane Than Prison.

Related: Prison Rape Mostly By Prison Officials.

BUT REMEMBER: YOU DON’T WANT MEN WORKING WITH SMALL KIDS BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE PEDOPHILES OR SOMETHING. “An Ohio daycare employee has been arrested after police say she raped an infant — and even captured it on video.”

UPSIDE OF A BLEAK JOB MARKET: Millennials Creating Opportunities.

For Millennials, creating startups is a way to connect with other passionate individuals, especially those in their peer group, and fill a niche in the economy that is being passed over by larger corporations. Cheung explains, “Homejoy breaks down barriers, and in an economy where 11% of 18-29 year-olds are unemployed nationwide, we create options both as independent service providers on our platform and as employees at our headquarters in San Francisco.” Startups often grow based on the social networks of those involved, fanning out to include the friends and classmates of founders, yet their reach expands even further with technology.

According to data from a survey conducted by the computing solutions company j2 Global, technology is increasingly enabling young entrepreneurs to run businesses. Vice President of j2 Global, Mike Pugh said in their release, “Millennials have grown up immersed in technologies that let them connect and collaborate anywhere on a host of devices they always have with them.”

Well, it’s all fun and games until you have enough employees to come under ObamaCare.

YA THINK? High Profile Cases Show A Pattern Of Misuse Of Prosecutorial Powers.

It’s hard to imagine the U.S. as a place where citizens have to fear overzealous prosecution, but last week’s reversals in the cases of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and five New Orleans police officers are part of a troubling pattern reminiscent of the Soviet criminal justice system — a system in which the state is always right, even when it is wrong.

In both cases, the judges who overturned the original trial-court verdicts cited instances of prosecutorial overzealousness and abuse of power, making the two cases the latest high-profile trials to run aground on the basis of misconduct by the state’s attorneys.

The high-profile cases in recent years run the gamut from the ancient offenses of murder and rape to increasingly esoteric details of campaign finance and contractor law.

In 2008, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was charged by federal prosecutors with failing to report gifts. During the campaign season, Barack Obama said Stevens needed to resign “to put an end to the corruption and influence-peddling in Washington,” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, moved to have Stevens expelled.

Stevens lost the election, but three months later, FBI agents accused prosecutors of withholding exculpatory evidence that could have resulted in the senator’s acquittal. Newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asked the court to vacate Stevens‘ conviction, but the damage already had been done.

The prosecutors’ misconduct destroyed Stevens‘ reputation and political career and affected the balance of power in the U.S. Senate in favor of Democrats.

Circumstances were not entirely different in the prosecution of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was accused by local Democratic prosecutor Ronnie Earle to influence state elections with corporate money.

Hmm. If only we could find a common factor here. Meanwhile, the tribunes of the press are acting more like party organs: Networks That Touted Tom DeLay’s 2010 Conviction Now Silent About His Acquittal. Love the Stephanopoulos pic.

But if you want to rein in prosecutorial misconduct, I have some suggestions.

IT’S POLITICAL: The Campus Rape Myth.

WAYNE LAPIERRE ON NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS: There weren’t enough good guys with guns.

Not even a SWAT team, whose mysterious stand-down order remains unexplained.

UPDATE: Tamar Tabo: What We’re Not Talking About When We’re Talking About Guns.

(1) Contrary to some initial news reports, Alexis did not use an AR-15 assault rifle. Rather, he used a shotgun, which he brought with him, and a pistol he appears to have taken from an armed guard at the Navy Yard. So, arguments about banning “military-style assault rifles” don’t fit this particular — still tragic — narrative.

(2) Alexis had a Secret security clearance. More than a simple criminal background check, the procedure requires a few months to a year of investigation. So, the usual arguments about basic background checks for gun ownership preventing tragedies of this sort don’t fit this narrative either.

So, what does fit? What changes to law and policy can we talk about in the aftermath of this week’s tragedy?

We need to have some tough conversations about identifying severely mentally ill individuals, treating them for those conditions involuntarily if necessary, and warehousing them, if absolutely no other therapeutic option remains. Historical precedents teach that these issues can be easily mishandled. That fact, though, does not mean that we don’t need to do our best to handle them properly now.

We must also have some uncomfortable conversations about pharmacological treatment of mental illness and the liabilities that come with prescribing drugs that may affect individual patients in difficult-to-predict ways.

Indeed.

THERE SURE DOES SEEM TO BE A LOT OF HATE EMANATING FROM THE LAND OF HOPE AND CHANGE LATELY: UCSF Fundraiser: Deny ObamaCare Opponents Health Care, Let Them Die. So, politicized “death panels,” then. Pretty much what I figured.

Related: Michigan professor yanked after saying GOP ‘raped this country.’

SPYING: FBI Admits It Controlled Tor Servers Behind Mass Malware Attack. “It wasn’t ever seriously in doubt, but the FBI yesterday acknowledged that it secretly took control of Freedom Hosting last July, days before the servers of the largest provider of ultra-anonymous hosting were found to be serving custom malware designed to identify visitors.”

Plus, from the comments: “TOR belongs to the US government. The US government *allowed* child pornographers to operate there for years. The US government *facilitated* rape of children, because they wanted TOR to appear like the wild west of the internet, hoping some terrorists or other interesting individuals they’d want to spy upon would feel safe to use it – so that USgov could in turn spy on them.”

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR “RAPE CULTURE,” YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK outside the United States.

FASTER, PLEASE: Synthetic mRNA can induce self-repair, regeneration of the infarcted heart.

A team of scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Harvard University has taken a major step towards treatment for heart attack, by instructing the injured heart in mice to heal by expressing a factor that triggers cardiovascular regeneration driven by native heart stem cells. The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, also shows that there was an effect on driving the formation of a small number of new cardiac muscle cells.

“This is the beginning of using the heart as a factory to produce growth factors for specific families of cardiovascular stem cells, and suggests that it may be possible to generate new heart parts without delivering any new cells to the heart itself “, says Kenneth Chien, a Professor at the medical university Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Harvard University, US, who led the research team behind the new findings. . . .

The study, performed in mice, shows that only a single administration of a short pulse of expression of VEGFA is required, if it can be delivered to the exact region where the heart progenitors reside. The therapeutic effect is long term, as shown by markedly improved survival following myocardial infarction with a single administration of the synthetic mRNA when given within 48 hours after the heart attack. The long-term effect appears to be based on changing the fate of the native heart stem cells from contributing to cardiac fibrotic scar tissue and towards cardiovascular tissue.

“This moves us very close to clinical studies to regenerate cardiovascular tissue with a single chemical agent without the need for injecting any additional cells into the heart.” says Professor Chien.

Like I said, faster, please.

I BLAME FACEBOOK AND TEXTING: For Millenials Connections Are Easy, Friendships Are Hard.

#WARONMEN: Daughter Trying to Free Dad She Once Accused of Rape. “At nine, Chaneya Kelly accused her dad of raping her. He was sentenced to forty years in jail. Now an adult, married, and a mother, she says her mother threatened her into making that accusation, her dad is innocent, and she’d like to see him set free. . . . The insanity of assuming that any child making that accusation is telling the truth; the insanity of the idea that any accusation of abuse must have truth at its core is a sort of madness many — aware of the creation of false memories — are willing to shake off. But there is something else at work here: that it doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone that a mother (or any other adult with control of the child) could use the child as a weapon in a marital dispute or a divorce. That is a form of blindness that must be unique to our times.”

ANOTHER TEACHER SEX SCANDAL: “If this were a male they would never get out on $2,000 bond.”

The announcement from the North Central Charter Essential School came a day after Rachelle Gendron, 27, of Fitchburg pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to charges of rape and enticement of a child.

Gendron was released on $2,000 bail.

“The North Central Charter Essential School’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our students and we are both shocked and concerned by the allegations against the former employee in question,” said the school’s executive director, Stephanie Davolos.

“Upon first learning of those allegations, we took prompt and appropriate action consistent with the best interests of our students, which included swiftly terminating the individual and fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities investigating this matter,” Davolos said. “Until this matter is resolved, however, we cannot offer further comment.”

Prosecutors said Gendron was 25 and 26 years old when she had sex with the 14-year-old, who is no longer enrolled at the school.

Authorities say they found text messages between the two that included pictures of the teacher “in various states of undress.”

I don’t know if this sort of thing is actually more common, or if we’re just hearing about it more, but I suspect it’s the latter. Just remember — schools have fewer male teachers because people fear that men will be sexual predators. . . .

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Thorsby teacher charged with rape and sodomy of a juvenile male. “A Thorsby sixth grade teacher was suspended after her arrest Friday on rape and sodomy charges involving a juvenile male, according officials and court records. . . .Warrants filed in court show that McNeill is charged with having had sexual intercourse with a juvenile male less than 16 years of age, but older than 12, between April 10, 2012 and June 28 of this year.”

ARE THE MARINES ADOPTING COLLEGE-STYLE PC GUIDELINES ON “SEXUAL ASSAULT?” LOOKS LIKE IT. “In our Twitter conversation on this issue earlier this morning, John Schindler, a Navy Reserve officer and professor at the Naval War College, rightly worried about a system that treats ‘all men as potential rapists.’ . . . Adults are allowed to operate motor vehicles at high rates of speed with substantially more than one drop of alcohol in their system. It’s just asinine to pretend that they’re incapable of consenting to sex after a drink or two. If she’s too drunk to know what she’s doing; it’s rape. If she’s had a glass of wine, it’s reasonable to assume that Yes means Yes. This is bureaucratic overkill and it’s dangerous. You don’t change a culture that treats women as mere objects by replacing it with one that treats women as imbeciles incapable of regulating their own actions.”

You know, the old curmudgeons who opposed gender-integrating the military predicted these problems. They were dismissed as mossbacks. If the military becomes as PC as colleges, with potential recruits join the Men On Strike? Maybe to some people in the Administration, that’s not a bug, but a feature.

ANN ALTHOUSE BUSTS FRANK BRUNI FOR DISHONESTY ON RAPE:

Reading the line quoted above, what I found myself wondering — darkly wondering? — is whether Bruni should have noted that he is gay and thus not susceptible to the “ineradicable predatory streak” that he imagines leads to the sexual assault of young women. Is it wrong to write something like that about men and not address his own exclusion from the category he’s derogating? Maybe. There’s added authority in running down one’s own kind.

A more serious omission here, however, is that sexual assault in the military happens to men even more than to women. If homosexual encounters are a big part of the problem, then Bruni is protecting his own kind, and the eclipsing of his exclusion from the heterosexual group he insults becomes much more problematic.

Ouch.

IT’S NOT “GOING ON OFFENSE,” IT’S STANDING UP FOR GENDER EQUALITY:

With increasing frequency, women are filing federal complaints against colleges accused of failing to address sexual assault. Heightened awareness of students’ rights and colleges’ obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination, has led to a wave of protests.

Now, two men who left two different colleges after being accused of sexual assault have filed their own lawsuits alleging that administrators violated their due process by mishandling the investigations and campus judicial proceedings that led to their expulsion and withdrawal.

It’s an unusual (but not unprecedented) legal approach, utilizing a federal statute designed to protect the people who historically have been victimized by institutional discrimination. To make a successful case under Title IX, the men must demonstrate that they were discriminated against based on their status as males.

Lawyers and Title IX experts say that’s unlikely.

Really? I’d like to see how colleges treat complaints about female behavior, whether they make clear that such complaints are welcome, whether their training is gender-neutral, and a lot more before I reached that conclusion. I suspect that it would be easy to prove that these programs are based on outdated stereotypes of men as predators, stereotypes that aren’t supported by research.

JAMES TARANTO: Great Orator Gaffes Again: One comment makes him akin to Akin.

“The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately,” President Obama told NBC’s Jay Leno last night.

Wait, “unfortunately”? Does the president really wish more Americans were killed in terrorist attacks? Indeed, orders of magnitude more, since nationwide traffic fatalities typically run between 30,000 and 50,000 a year?

Of course not. Obviously when he deployed that adverb he was thinking of the unfortunate souls killed in car accidents, not the victims of terrorism. He simply misspoke–just as Todd Akin did last year when he used the unfortunate phrase “legitimate rape.” But for some reason, the World’s Greatest Orator and the most powerful man in the world is held to lower standards of verbal exactitude than a lowly congressman from Missouri.

That wasn’t Obama’s only error last night on “The Tonight Show.” He also got flummoxed by geography: “The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf–places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida–if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.”

There are major ports along the Gulf of Mexico, most notably the Port of South Louisiana and the Port of Houston. But Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville are all on the Atlantic coast.

Read the whole thing. Why does he get a pass? Because he’s a black Democrat, of course.

MICHAEL WALSH: The WaPo Fire Sale. “One has to read in full the Times’s puff piece by Sheryl Gay Stolberg on one of the members of its exclusive club of family-money and bien-pensant progressivism — really rich folks, down for the struggle! — to get a sense of just how out of touch with reality these people are. They’re like the effete late–Roman Empire poets, impotent capons peeling grapes and arguing the nuances of internal rhyme as the big ugly Germans come crashing through the gates, barely bothering to look up as Alaric’s axe meets their heads.”

AL SHARPTON WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: “Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.”

Plus: “Sharpton, now a national figure, has never apologized for his role in the hoax.” It made his career, and he’s rich and famous to this day because of it. And his sins are forgiven by all the best people, because he’s useful.

GOOD: Islamists in Egypt face popular backlash.

It is no longer cool to have a beard.

Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is out. His opponents, a military-backed interim government of secularists, are in. And if you’ve got a beard — that most conspicuous symbol of Islamism in post-Arab Spring Egypt — you’re likely to get taunted on the metro, harassed in the souk and possibly even assaulted, according to conservative Muslims. . . .

“The treatment has changed for the worse,” said Osama Ibrahim, an imam at a Cairo mosque that caters to hard-line Islamists.

The nation’s turmoil has seeped into his daily life in the Cairo neighborhood of Ain Shams, he said. “On the metro, they call us names. People come up to us and say, ‘How are you, Sheik Morsi?’” he said.

He said his wife, who wears a face veil, saw men in their neighborhood yank the veil off another woman draped in black. At another point, local men stopped the couple’s car and barred them from entering a marketplace, Ibrahim said, because of the way they were dressed.

“You have to understand: The minibuses don’t even stop for me anymore,” he said.

Heh.

WHAT’S THIS “WE” BUSINESS? Why Do We Boycott ‘Ender’s Game’ But Give Roman Polanski An Oscar? The answer, of course, is that to “we” Polanski is one of “us,” but Orson Scott Card is one of “them.”

More thoughts on what that means. “Hollywood’s compassion is peculiarly narrow. They’re still trying to decide whether to forgive Elia Kazan for naming communists in Hollywood more than a half-century ago. Anal rape of a 13-year-old girl merits compassion, but there are limits.”

A CASE THAT DIDN’T GET ANYTHING LIKE TRAYVON-LEVEL PRESS ATTENTION: Christopher Newsom, Channon Christian Remembered, 6 Years After Horrific Torture Slaying.

Authorities ultimately determined that Newsom and Christian had dined at a local restaurant on the night of Jan. 6. Afterward, Christian spoke briefly with her mother and told her that she and Newsom were planning to visit a friend’s house to watch a movie. Sometime after that call took place, Christian and Newsom were abducted from an apartment complex parking lot. Over the course of the next several hours, the pair was beaten, raped, tortured and murdered.

According to later court testimony by Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, Newsom had been repeatedly sodomized with an object. His limbs were bound, he was gagged and blindfolded. At some point in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2007, Newsom was dragged outside to a set of nearby railroad tracks, where he was shot execution-style, in the back of his head, neck and back. His body was then set ablaze, Mileusnic-Polchan testified.

The medical examiner said Christian’s last few hours on earth were also horrific and unthinkable.

The young woman, he said, was tortured for several hours and sustained injuries to her mouth, anus and vagina. She had been beaten about the head with an unknown object and raped. Afterward, bleach was poured over Christian’s body and down her throat, in an apparent attempt to destroy DNA evidence. She was, an autopsy indicated, alive while the torture and degradations occurred. Christian was then hog-tied and covered with several bags before she was placed in a disposal bin, where she slowly suffocated to death, Mileusnic-Polchan testified.

The press heroically refrained from presenting this case in racial terms, as it did in the Martin/Zimmerman case.

#WARONMEN: Why Is It Funny When A Guy Gets Hit In The Groin? But if you buy the explanations in this article, then rape jokes should be hilarious.

JOHN RANSOM: The Date Rape Of America. “I grew up in a country where the rule of law was supreme. Or at least it seemed that way. But somewhere along the line the varnish of polite society has been worn off so that the brass now shows through.”

AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TARGETING FALSE RAPE COMPLAINTS: ‘Don’t be that girl’ posters in Edmonton spark debate. Well, as we’ve seen, false rape charges are hardly unknown. But noting that harshes the narrative.

#WARONMEN: Carrie Lukas reviews the Insta-Wife’s new book, Men On Strike, for National Review. Excerpts:

Instead of blaming men and ridiculing the lifestyle of those who have “failed to launch,” Smith explores the idea that men may be making a purposeful, even rational, choice in rejecting a society that already has rejected them.

Smith draws heavily from the actual experiences of men, using their stories and comments to illustrate the disaffection, anger, and sorrow that many feel. The anecdotes she provides — the voices of the men themselves — are powerful. As Smith notes, experts often call men poor communicators, but she’s found that “men often know their minds very well, but they are reluctant to communicate in interpersonal and political settings for fear of coming across weak or, worse, being accused of being sexist or misogynistic. Or sometimes, they are communicating, it’s just that no one is listening.”

Smith lets us listen, and walks the reader through some of the ways men’s rights have been constricted. . . .

Smith highlights eyepopping statistics on paternity fraud, such as studies suggesting that around 3.5 percent of men actually have no biological relation to the child they believe is theirs. And even when paternity is disproven, a man may still be on the hook for 18 years of financial support for someone else’s offspring. The double standard is unmistakable. Smith tells the story of a 15-year-old boy who had sex with a 34-year-old woman: “The woman got pregnant and, although in the state of California a minor under the age of 16 cannot consent to sex, the court saw fit to force Nathaniel to pay child support to the woman who committed statutory rape against him.” . . .

Men on Strike is a compelling work that may succeed in launching a much-needed conversation about the treatment of men in America. As Smith observes, often conversations about the state of men are considered necessary solely because men’s problems spill over to affect women, children, and society more broadly. The men themselves are just an afterthought.

Read the whole thing — the review, or, better yet, the book.

JUSTICE IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: Judicial Watch: Zimmerman Prosecution Might Have Been Forced by DOJ-Organized Pressure.

Related: Did the Department of Justice Stir Up Trayvon Martin Riots?

Also: CNN: Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us.’ “Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.”

The Administration needed to increase racial tension to boost black turnout in 2012.

UPDATE: In fact, an InstaPundit reader nailed this over a year ago, as another InstaPundit reader just pointed out in an email:

One of your readers, David Horwich, made the point last March that the President rallied to Trayvon Martin’s side in order to shore up his numbers with blacks:

“IMHO, what’s going in in the WH these days is really, really bad poll numbers. How else can one explain an investment in clearly polarizing issues like picking a fight with both the church and Rush Limbaugh, race-baiting with Trayvon, a flirtation with an advocacy of gay marriage, Stalin-esque striking down of voter ID laws, et. Al. The softness in numbers with the black population must really be stark, otherwise, why bring this stuff up? There’s no upside with independent voters with any of these issues.”

Eight months later Obama won, but barely, and only because of near unanimous support from blacks during the first presidential election in American history where black turnout exceeded white turnout. Going forward, there is no further upside for Democrats with blacks. So either we should expect to see Democrats pivot to another group or we should expect to see more race-baiting histrionics. My bet is on the latter.

Sadly, I think that’s right.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader David Preiser thinks there’s more to it than that:

It was really all about restoring the desired amount of white, liberal guilt, and keeping those unsure of another Obama term on side. Just like those Duke professors didn’t care about falsely arresting and possibly convicting those lacrosse players of rape because they felt we “needed” to discuss the larger issue of rape and remind everyone how bad it is, we “needed” to have a national discussion about how we’re still a racist country, the police are racist, etc. White guilt, white votes. So the allegedly post-racial President who was supposed to at last help us get past racial division has deliberately made it worse than it has been in a long time.

Indeed.

#WAR ON MEN: Sex Discrimination In Higher Education: “A number of colleges are currently facing complaints that they do not adequately investigate charges of sexual assault. A male student who was suspended by Saint Joseph’s University is suing the Philadelphia institution under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Bloomberg reported. The student says that he was accused of rape (over what he says was consensual sex, and says he has text messages that back his version of events) and that the university’s system of investigating such accusations is designed to assure findings of guilt against accused males. That, he says, is sex discrimination.”

SEE, IT’S NOT JUST THE COPS YOU SHOULD BE RECORDING: Sex video clears men accused of rape.

The hookup got hot and wild, and one of the two men whipped out his cellphone to shoot a video of the room-to-room romp with the woman they’d just met that night.

The sex video may have been the only thing that saved the two from prison.

The woman accused them of rape. The video showed otherwise, police and prosecutors said. What happened that night led to the vicious beating of one of the men two days later. . . .

Unfortunately for Kurre, 27, the man’s friend shot the video, showing her laughing and carrying on with the two alleged rapists – hence, the lack of charges against them and the lodging of the misdemeanor false-report accusation.

“This is great stuff,” Citrus Heights Police Detective Ron Pfleger told the man who shot the video, according to a transcript of his interview five days after the Feb. 17, 2011, beating of his friend, outside the assault victim’s apartment. “This is exactly what you guys are hoping for.”

Had it not been for the video, the chances were likely that Kurre’s rape accusation against the two men would have been given more credibility by police and prosecutors.

Instead, it turned the tables on Kurre, who now is looking at the possibility of four years behind bars.

Sounds like she told her boyfriend she was raped in order to cover up what had really happened. That’s the same story as the Hofstra false-rape-accusation case, which was also busted by cellphone video.

And, you know, when defendants in these group-sex cases say it was consensual, the response is often what woman would consent to have sex with several guys? Well, some do. . . .

THAT’S FOUR STRIKES TOO MANY: Woman is finally jailed after FIVE false rape allegations against her ex-boyfriends in eight years. The sentence seems awfully light, considering.

The judge, however, seems to have missed the most obvious victims — the men she falsely accused. Instead: “Judge William Gaskell told Black that her history of made-up rape claims had made it more difficult for genuine rape victims to be believed.” Well, that’s true, too, of course. But. . . .

JAMES TARANTO: ‘Rape Culture’ vs. ‘Islamophobia:’ A clash of conversation-stoppers. See, the lefties don’t even believe in this stuff themselves, really. It’s just a way of bullying opponents into submission. Show them no respect when they deploy terms like this — amused disdain is best.

EGYPT: “Rape Squads” Organized By Morsi Supporters. Need to make examples of a few of these guys.

DECEPTIVE CONCEPTION: When I got pregnant, my boyfriend thought it was an accident. It wasn’t.

Tracy Quan explored this phenomenon over a decade ago. “In some circles, the fashionable view is that males are responsible for unwanted pregnancies. A public service ad aimed at young women features a manipulative teenage boy pressuring his girlfriend to prove her love by having risky sex, but there are no Planned Parenthood posters warning young males about girls who say they’re on the Pill when they’re not.”

If men did this to women, it would be considered a species of rape. But, of course, the women could still get an abortion. As Tracy Quan notes:

Suppose Bill was in charge of birth control, and he informed his girlfriend that he had stopped using contraception some time ago, was coy about the exact date and chose to break the news to her in bed after a successful frolic. Lucy would feel violated; most women would regard him as a man so predatory as to be unfit for fatherhood. Bill’s pushy bid for a commitment would look downright pathological.

The fact is that despite our egalitarian efforts to turn reproduction into a rational process, men and women don’t always hold each other to the same standards. Women, at times, can get away with behavior that we wouldn’t tolerate from men — and many of us exploit the inequalities that are said to work against us. As the anti-suffragette feminist Emma Goldman said in a discussion about “woman’s inhumanity to man,” “woman is naturally perverse.” Women can be presumptuous about deciding how and when to breed, and some women would argue that what we do with our wombs is nobody’s business but our own. A woman I know was told by her mother that “men are never ready for babies,” and that consulting the prospective father of her child was therefore pointless.

Rationalization. And if what you do with your wombs is no business but your own, then the notion of “child support” should be equally one-sided.

Related: Psychology Today: Some accidental pregnancies aren’t so accidental—especially if the guy could be a good provider.

Spohn surveyed nearly 400 women at two community colleges. More than a third of women said they had risked pregnancy in the past with men who had attractive qualities—such as commitment to the relationship, good financial prospects or the desire for a family—but hadn’t discussed the possibility of pregnancy with their partner. . . . Spohn contends that women have a built-in biological desire to reproduce with men who are good providers. She presented her pregnancy survey at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society’s annual meeting. Her advice to men: “Beware!”

Some may be taking heed. And maybe we need mandatory DNA testing at birth. It’s for the children. (Via Ann Althouse.)

UPDATE: Via Paul Hsieh, this response.

Plus, a related item here. “Smart NBA players—well, okay, even dumb NBA players—know to use their own: There have been too many love children born of a condom that, oops, had a hole poked in it to make that ‘mistake.’ ‘You’d be amazed,’ says a former Fly Girl I met in Houston, ‘how many women I know who actually do that. Because let’s face it, if you get pregnant, your life is made.’”

And note this scholarly article on the subject from my colleague Michael Higdon: Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support.

#WARONMEN: Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them.

The older authority figure wins the trust of the young target by cultivating a false friendship, having heart-to-heart conversations, giving gifts, offering protection. And then the sex ensues, sometimes forced, sometimes seemingly consensual.

It is a classic predatory tactic known as “grooming,” and no one familiar with it could have been terribly surprised when a new report from the U.S. Department of Justice declared that young people in the country’s juvenile detention facilities are being victimized in just this way. The youngsters in custody are often deeply troubled, lacking parents, looking for allies. And the people in charge of the facilities wield great power over the day-to-day lives of their charges.

What was a genuine shock to many was the finding that in the vast majority of instances, it was female staff members who were targeting and exploiting the male teens in their custody.

It’s a shock because modern views of gender are based on fantasy. More:

Drawing on their sample, Justice Department researchers estimate that 1,390 juveniles in the facilities they examined have experienced sex abuse at the hands of the staff supervising them, a rate of nearly 8 percent. Twenty percent who said they were victimized by staff said it happened on more than 10 occasions. Nine out of 10 victims were males abused by female staff.

Expect minimal outrage from the usually-outraged.

UPDATE: A reader emails:

Not only does shock at the idea of women abusing boys reveal a gender bias against men, I think it points out another potential factor in the War on men Dr. Helen writes so eloquently about.

As the father of 5 sons, the oldest of whom are big, strong, and well-spoken (we home school), I noticed something starting a few years ago-

Liberal women fear my sons. Not disapprove of, fear.

And it isn’t the size or the strength, it is the confidence.

Is part of the War on Men a fear of, well, grown men? Is there actually an increase in grown women preying on boys sexually because these women fear adult men?

Call it “Androphobia.” Helen talks about this a bit in her book, and there is some evidence for the fear, if not for its motivation toward abuse. Related item here. “When you approach me in public, you are Schrödinger’s Rapist. You may or may not be a man who would commit rape. I won’t know for sure unless you start sexually assaulting me. I can’t see inside your head, and I don’t know your intentions. If you expect me to trust you—to accept you at face value as a nice sort of guy—you are not only failing to respect my reasonable caution, you are being cavalier about my personal safety.”

Ever since Susan Browmiller and Catharine MacKinnon spread the idea that all men are rapists, women’s “liberation” seems to have produced an awful lot of pearl-clutching types. And it certainly doesn’t seem a big stretch to imagine that someone pathologically afraid of adult males might instead pursue underage boys over whom she possesses great power.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Michael Chaplin emails: “If only these prison guards were allowed to marry, not required to be celibate like Catholic priests. Then the boys wouldn’t fall prey to this institutionalized sexual abuse. Oh, they are allowed to marry? I guess being celibate has nothing to do with it, then.”

CARING WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST: “I hope your daughter’s raped.”

ANOTHER FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION: The woman who accused a stranger she found on Facebook of rape – and how it ruined her victim’s life. “In an act of inexplicable viciousness, 31-year-old fantasist Linsey Attridge chanced upon a photograph of Philip and his then 14-year-old brother James and used it to back up a story she’d concocted. She’d done it, apparently, in order to win some sympathy with her boyfriend, when she feared his affections were waning. It led to Philip, a wholly innocent chef, being harassed in the street and shunned at the school gates. He is still fighting, two years later, to salvage his battered reputation.”

The penalties for this sort of thing need to be severe enough to discourage it.

Her name is Linsey Attridge.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Mother Charged With Murder After Allegedly Encouraging Boyfriend To Rape Baby. “In those text messages she suggested and encouraged some unspeakable things.”

YOU WONDER HOW MANY OF THESE NEVER GET CAUGHT: Sara Ylen’s False Rape Report Caught By Doctor, Leading To Charges: Police.

A Michigan woman accused of faking a sexual assault was ordered to stand trial on charges of making a false report of rape and tampering with evidence Tuesday after a doctor said her purported bruises faded after he wiped them with gauze.

Sara Ylen accused two men of sexual assault at her Lexington home last September, saying she was taking a nap when she was bound and raped. But authorities say the attack didn’t happen.

Ylen is also accused of lying about having cancer in a separate case in Sanilac County. She’s charged with fraud for allegedly tricking an insurance company and sympathetic supporters. A probable cause hearing is set for July 9.

Good grief.

SEXISM, OF COURSE: Why Does No One Care That A Young Don Draper Was Raped?

WOMAN ASKS: Do My Rape Fantasies Make Me A Weirdo?

NOAH BERLATSKY: When Men Experience Sexism.

Even in cases where temporary alimony makes sense—as when a spouse has quit a job to raise the children—it’s hard to understand the need for lifetime alimony payments, given women’s current levels of workforce participation. As one alimony-paying ex-husband says, “The theory behind this was fine back in the ’50s, when everybody was a housewife and stayed home.” But today, it looks like an antiquated perpetuation of retrograde gender roles—a perpetuation which, disproportionately, harms men.

This isn’t the only case in which men can suffer from gender discrimination. David Benatar, in his 2012 monograph The Second Sexism discusses a whole range of other ways in which men as men are disadvantaged. Men, for example, receive custody of children in only about 10 percent of divorce cases in the United States. Men also, as Benatar writes, are subject to “a long history of social and legal pressure…to fight in war” —pressures which women do not generally experience in the same way. Along the same lines, physical violence against men is often minimized or seen as normal. Benatar refers to the history of corporal punishment, which has much more often been inflicted on boys than girls. Society’s scandalous tolerance of rape in prison seems like it is also related to a general indifference to, or even amusement at, sexual violence committed against men.

Perhaps most hideously, men through history have been subject to genocidal, or gendercidal, violence targeted at them specifically because they are men. Writers like Susan Brownmiller have over the last decades helped to show how mass rape and sexual violence against women are often a deliberate part of genocide; similarly, there has been increasing awareness in recent years of the gendercidal results of sex-selective abortion and infanticide in places like India and China. But the way gendercide can be directed against men is much less discussed. One of the worst recent examples of this was in the Balkans war, where, according to genocide researcher Adam Jones, ” All of the largest atrocities… target[ed] males almost exclusively, and for the most part “battle-age” males.

Read the whole thing.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: According to a recent Gallup poll, cheating on your spouse is the most morally reprehensible thing a person can do. “Americans view cheating as being worse than cloning humans, polygamy, suicide, abortion, cloning animals, taking birth control, homosexuality and divorce.” What about, I dunno, rape and murder and stuff.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Do My Rape Fantasies Make Me A Weirdo? “In this video, sex therapist and YourTango Expert Dr. Lori Buckley of the Sinclair Institute says that, in fact, it’s a very common fantasy for women.”

TIM BLAIR: Message Unheard.

You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam.

But where’s the credit?

Where’s the respect?

Following yesterday’s murderous outrage, one of the alleged killers – easily identified by blood-covered hands and two dripping knives – stood in the street and declared to the world he’d slaughtered his victim as a direct consequence of Islamic beliefs.

There are “many, many ayat throughout the Koran,” the man said, citing the book’s ninth chapter, that encourage followers to “fight them as they fight us.”

That’s a fairly clear message. Also clear were the cries of “Allahu Akbar” as the two alleged murderers went about carving and hacking at the fallen soldier’s body, having already run him down with a car.

Then, as usual, the western media’s reflexive timidity kicked in. The default mode in any coverage of Islamic violence is a painfully cautious avoidance of Islam.

British television network ITV was among the first to broadcast the alleged killer’s speech, but neatly edited any mention of the Koran by talking over him. “In a south London street,” a voiceover intoned, “a man with bloodied hands carrying a knife and machete approaches a camera and tries to justify what just happened.”

Yeah, you’ve got to feel real sorry for them.

BLOWING THE DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE NARRATIVE: “The most comprehensive review of the scholarly domestic violence research literature ever conducted concludes, among other things, that women perpetrate physical and emotional abuse, as well as engage in control behaviors, at comparable rates to men. The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project, or PASK, whose final installment was just published in the journal Partner Abuse, is an unparalleled three-year research project, conducted by 42 scholars at 20 universities and research centers, and including information on 17 areas of domestic violence research.”

Related: It’s heresy, I know. But not all women are victims. And not all rape is rape: It is a view that will outrage many, but Crimewatch creator NICK ROSS insists it is a debate we must not flinch from.

MOSTLY SAVAGE: Are Savages Noble?

“It may astonish you readers, as it initially astonished me,” Diamond writes, “to learn that trench warfare, machine guns, napalm, atomic bombs, artillery, and submarine torpedoes produce time-averaged war-related death tolls so much lower than those from spears, arrows, and clubs.” So how can this be? Because “state warfare is an intermittent exceptional condition, while tribal warfare is virtually continuous.”

This shouldn’t be so astonishing, really. Plus:

A 2012 study in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B noted that the “anthropological record indicates that approximately 85 percent of human societies have permitted men to have more than one wife.” Yet in modern times normative monogamy has become dominant around the globe, increasing social peace by reducing competition among men. The researchers further noted, “Compared to monogamous societies, polygamous cultures see more rape, kidnapping, murder, assault, robbery, fraud, child neglect and child abuse.”

It is not too far of a stretch to think that although societies practicing marital monogamy are historically fewer in number, their comparatively stronger social solidarity has helped them out-grow and out-compete polygamous competitors. And the spread of monogamy has plausibly contributed to the lower levels of violence in the modern societies.

That shouldn’t be so surprising either.