We Hunted The Mammoth is web site I read. It’s devoted to mocking things anti-feminists and other so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” and “Pick Up Artists” put online for anyone to see. Some of it is ridiculous, most of it is horrendous, all of it is wrong in one way or another.
Category Archives: Feminism
I Was Not Part of the 90s Culture Wars
As my last post probably showed, I was wrapped in my privilege for most of my life. I had no idea where or how the feminists were fighting. White hetero male was oblivious.
Some folks have decided Christina Hoff Sommers is deserving of her self-labeling as a Feminist. Yet, she works for the mighty right-wing American Enterprise Institute. The right-wing is far from giving a crap about how women are treated. Women are barely people to the current conservatives.
Which brings me to this summary of her dishonesty.
I mean this: Christina Hoff Sommers, in her many recent public statements about rape and sexual assault in America, understates the prevalence of rape in this country in ways that are unsupported by the evidence. She analogizes America’s rape crisis to entirely invented “crises” of the past while wildly overstating the evidence for the existence of an epidemic of false rape claims. To read her writing, watch her videos, and follow her on Twitter is to be given a wholly unrealistic impression of the scale and seriousness of rape in America. And that’s the case — and this is crucial — even if you agree with her contention that rape reporting data is seriously flawed.
Let me say that again, because this was a core claim that her supporters made on Saturday afternoon: I am not calling Christina Hoff Sommers a rape denialist because we rely on different statistical estimates of the prevalence of rape. I am calling her a rape denialist because the way she deploys even her own preferred statistics is fundamentally bogus.
That article goes on to show how Sommers is either being dishonest, disingenuous, or completely out of touch with reality.
I really have no words to describe how wretched that threat is. I am as speechless as I was when I first learned what Susan Smith did to her kids. I am as speechless as I was when I learned my mother’s cancer diagnosis.
In the past, I most likely would not have posted anything about this anywhere — because, wordless. By the time I had words, others would have said what I wanted to say even better than I could have. But even though she will most likely never read this, and I am not a great player of video games (fumble thumbs), I stand with Anita Sarkeesian. And Zoe Quinn. And Brianna Wu. No one deserves to be put through what they are going through.
I Need to Read His Books
The author John Scalzi has a very good reply to someone on Twitter spouting anti-feminist rhetoric. I really need to get a novel or two of his.