My Response to Claims About My FRS Writings

I have posted the following response to this entry about me.

“It is strange that you attempt to imply that I have made false rape accusations. My criticisms specific to the FRS are not accusations of rape and abuse. That is an attempt to sling some mud, and in poor, poor form. Despite what you attempt to imply, I have not made any accusations of rape or abuse. I have, however, pointed out that the ideology of Paul Elam and his MRA cohorts is one toward the distrust and disempowerment of female-bodied persons, in such a manner that the outcome fosters a tolerance for and erasure of rape culture and survivors of rape. Examining the writings of Elam on other non-FRS sites reveals his vicious animosity towards female power, and the outcome–not the alleged intent–of his so-called False Rape Society is what is important. (notice that it is not the False Rape Accusation Society, but that it is “False Rape,” as though rape itself doesn’t exist or is not a problem.) I believe that the goal of FRS and most of the salient manifestation of men’s advocacy functions not to make life better for men, but to make rape culture more impenetrable and rape easier to access. If that is not the intent of the FRS, that is irrelevant–because that is the outcome.

As to saying there are five of them, I was not referring to false rape accusation victims; I was referring to the administrators/owners of the FRS site: as it turns out, I was wrong. There is only 1 of them, and his name is Paul Elam. He has no staff, no non-profit status, no actual agency. That is because the network he works with consists of very few people making very big noise.”

A catalogue of lies, indeed.

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The Stuff: Martyrs, Heartbeats, Privilege Doodz and Punks

The Stuff!

  • The Kentucky school superintendent Ricky Line, who opposed the teaching of evolution in schools, has had his letter to the Kentucky Board of Education leaked and published internet-wide. This guy has a major martyr-complex. The letter, in which he compares himself to a college dean who was shot in the Philippines when the U.S. entered World War II, is downright hilarious. (Hat-tip to Pharyngula.)
  • I almost thought this was something from WorldnutDaily and their birther comrades. Anything is possible with those guys. But then at the end, the reveal. I won’t spoil it.
  • The prescription of a rich white dood to solve institutionalized economic racism: poor Black kids should just stop being so lazy and use the internet, already! And unsurprisingly, the response is “what is this I don’t even“.
  • In Banda Aceh, a provincial capitol in Indonesia, sharia cops have arrested over 60 punk kids and are marching them off to “re-education” camps. This is exactly what bothers me about the arrogance of enforcing social norms. I want to see if the fucking pigs that did this would appreciate having their personal space violated, being dehumanized, being told that who you are is shit. (The Facecrack group trying to raise awareness and petition signatures for the Banda Aceh punks is here.)
  • The Stuff is a bit short today so I’ll leave you with this:
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The Stuff: Self-Centered Vaxxers, Mariah Carey Scary, Cops ATL

Selfish Assholes who don't give a shit if children who can't access medicine die from measles

Who cares about other people's health? Not Melanie, she's carefree!

  • I will never understand how anti-vaxxer loons got to be so fucking selfish.
  • The people swallowing the anti-vaxxer pill tend to be into the so-called naturalist, homeopathic and Wicca stuff too. I remember being 18 and really, really wanting to believe that Wicca crap. I never could convince myself. It’s schlock. If nature had anything to do with mushy naturalism then careful observation of the world we live in would be their highest priority, not their mortal enemy.
  • Got an email alert from the urging me to sign a petition against the new Jenny Craig commercial featuring Mariah Carey, which (tastefully, IMO) depicts her struggling and finally emerging from a sort of cloth cocoon. The reason is against it? Hilarious: “There is too much skin shown for most audiences. It seems to be portraying a female body coming out of a cocoon, simulating perhaps a new body being formed…This ad is clever in that it is graphic without actually showing anything. This way it could be aired.” Methinks they misunderstand the word, “graphic.”
  • When fascism comes to America it will look like this. (Video)
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Female soldiers more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed in battle

“Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.”

But remember what Paul Elam and his MRA friends tell you: Rape culture doesn’t exist and if it did it would have nothing to do with significant patterns of male sexual violence.

Also from the article, the main reason why I do not believe the False Rape Society and the MRA claim that they want to build a better life for men: “But military rape is not only a women’s issue. According to the Veterans Affairs Office, 37% of the sexual trauma cases reported last year were men. ‘Men are even more isolated than women following rape,’ Bhagwati says. ‘Because it has an even bigger social stigma.’” Here we see that if the FRS and MRAs wanted to make a better life for men, they would also come to the aid of male sexual assault victims. But that is not the point of the FRS. These groups exist because they are rooted in a fear and hatred for female power, they believe only women are capable of wrong, and the fact that rape is harder to get away with these days seems to make them really upset.

Hat-tip to Pharyngula for featuring the Guardian story this morning.

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