Anger: Duke Lacrosse and Misandry
Looks like the Duke Lacrosse team has DNA testing to thank for proving them not guilty.
There is undoubtedly many places you could go to read a post about how the press (and the left in the rare cases that they are not one in the same) had these men tried and convicted based on their “male-ness” and the “authenticity” of the woman. Jeff has a short, link-filled post on this very topic.
One reason I didn’t post about this before was that, to be honest, it didn’t interest me. Just another story that the MSM loves because it presses all their buttons: men are bad, white men even worse. It’s even better when the white men are part of a sports team, triple bonus score when that sport just screams elitism. The perfect agenda-driven MSM story, a backhand at men in general with a sprinkling of class warfare thrown in for good measure. Another story in the category of “too good to check”. Somehow, I don’t expect that there will be public apologies from the MSM or the feminist blogsphere.
That is not what I want to talk about in this post.
What I do want to comment on is what was missing from the public reaction; we all just assumed that these men were guilty. The school even pre-punished the team in order to avert the gaze of the mob (spineless bastards). The blogsphere was all over it with the usual over-the-top commentary linking conservatives with misogyny and calling for the heads of these young men (the ones on their shoulders too!). Goodwin’s Law was even invoked. All without any evidence other than the story of the supposed victim. What does this tell us about our society?
Misandry has become the norm. We think the worst of men; their motives and actions are always suspect if not downright evil. Any accusation that confirms this misandry is immediately taken as gospel truth. The long knives come out and anyone guilty of the crime of speaking up for men is a “racist misogynist conservative fuckwit”. The heck with “due process” and that whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing. Why bother with a “jury of our peers” when it is as plain as the nose on your face that these are .. [wait for it..] MEN and as such are GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! [I am tempted to make a Monty Python reference here.. MUST RESIST.. awww heck] HES A WITCH! BURN HIM! WITCH! The least we could have done is see if they weigh more than a duck. [I am feeling much better now]
From my previous postings you can tell that I am sensitive to man-bashing, yet I never gave a second thought to the narrative that the crime took place exactly as described by the “victim”. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I am annoyed that I fell right into the trap. My first thought was not that these guys have not been convicted of anything; it was that these morons have just handed the Oprah-man-hatin’ crowd yet another stick with which to beat us down.
What does this tell us about society at large when even a men’s advocate assumes the worst of men?
Hand in your penis, you won’t be needing it.
Linked: basil's blog, The Liberal Wrong Wing
Update II: Related (Male kindergarten teachers abused) via Insty.