Feminism’s Slick Statistics
Statistics are the bite-sized gummies of the scientific world. They represent the deliciously small chewables of the empirical realm in which the byzantine complexity of lengthy surveys and studies can be condensed into chunks of useful information for the otherwise scientifically illiterate to spout off at their next cocktail party…or debate.
Few of us question the legitimacy of the stats we are given. Indeed, more often than not we eagerly grasp for them, weeding out those that fail to confirm our warped world views while lionizing the bits that give our opinions the patina of the professorial.
Radical feminists have become the master sophists of this vapidly casuistic technique, hell-bent on the creation of amorphous boogey men like patriarchy and rape culture while caterwauling about rising rates of rape and violence against women. Let’s close our throats to this smorgasbord of stats and start scrutinizing their specifics. We’ll begin with rape.
Only 2% of rape accusations are false.
When looking at a statistic like this there are some questions we should immediately ask ourselves. First, who did they ask? Psychiatrists? Police departments? Second, what was the sample size and where was it? Third, what constituted a false accusation as opposed to a legitimate one?
As it turns out this number actually comes from the FBI’s index of reported crimes and the correct statistic is 2-8%. (search the word ‘unfounded’ in the link) As a matter of fact, for many years, including those from 1995 to 1997, forcible rape was quadruple the rate of other falsely reported Index crimes at 8%. That’s right, the average for all Index crimes was 2% while forcible rape maintained an unfounded rate of 8%.
All this is bosh of course, because this statistic is far from infallible. Indeed, there is no way to know how accurate it is since the methods used are about as spotty as UFO sightings. Namely, they are determined by investigation which means detectives decide of their own accord if the evidence is damning. If, for example, the determination is based upon conviction then two problems occur. First is the assumption that a conviction means an actual rape transpired, then secondly, that if both a rape and conviction did take place that the accused was indeed the actual rapist. Since we know false convictions happen and since we know victims can be mistaken with regard to their perpetrators, how are we to take this data as gospel? It is also of note that people make false confessions all the time and for various reasons. Someone may indeed say they committed a crime when they did not.
There is then the simple matter of logic. This statistic has been used interminably to support the outlandish and infantile claim that women never lie about rape. Well, according to the FBI 2-8% of them do. Notwithstanding, even were these statistics trustworthy and much lower, we could still be convinced women lie since there is nothing about their sex that prevents them from doing so. Moreover, there are plenty of reasons to lie about rape. (search the word ‘alibi’ in the link. this particular article cites another study regarding rape and false reports)
1 in 5 women are raped.
Alas…more crap. First off, less than 5,500 people participated which, for a country as large as America, is a remarkably low number of respondents. Secondly, the respondents were all from college campuses which is a social microcosm of its own, hardly representative of the nation at large. Thirdly, and most importantly, this ‘1 in 5’ number includes numerous forms of sexual assault, such as forced kissing, groping, and body rubbing with clothes on. Much of this does not constitute anything even broaching rape. But again, notwithstanding the outrageous falsehood here, even were it true, the fact that so few people participated and that all respondents hailed from a very specific and small community would certainly be enough to dismiss its credibility. Moving on…
Rape is an epidemic, rape culture is real.
Not a statistic, I know, it also isn’t supported by any. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics female victims of sexual assault or at all-time lows, having decreased by 60% since the mid-nineties. This is all based upon reported and unreported crimes to the police from a nationally representative sample of people 12 and older, they are interviewed multiple times. What does this translate to? It means that our best guess suggests that rape and sexual assault are in fact decreasing with time, not increasing. In other words, getting better, healing, improving, the opposite of what could be described as an ‘epidemic’ and what one could call a ‘dying culture of rape’, if at all.
Actually, this is based upon a study done by Murray Straus and colleagues, not the FBI as is often cited, and is only half true since his findings report that women are as likely as men to engage in spousal violence. In other words, men are beaten every fifteen seconds as well. It is true, however, that women are overwhelmingly more likely to be seriously injured in the process. The principle, however, remains of note. It is not accurate to state the statistic without explaining its context.
Domestic violence increases on Super Bowl Sundays.
No it doesn’t. Violence in general might, but domestic violence between husbands and wives does not. The original study was misquoted and misunderstood, probably because so many feminists are post-modernists that believe reality is subjective. Indeed, despite numerous findings to the contrary this myth persists, likely because it supports wild feminist claims about the evils of that amorphous demon patriarchy.
1/3 of all married women experience battery at some point in their life.
Yeah…no…only if battery is defined so loosely as to include pushing, shoving, throwing an object, and restraint. If that is the case then my sisters have been ‘battering’ me for decades now (page 795 of link). Real battery, as we all imagine the word to mean, connotes pummeling, use of and threats with weapons, an actual beating. When limited to this, the statistic crumbles. Further, intimate partner violence in the US has generally decreased dramatically, by about 60% since the 90’s. Is this to say violence against women isn’t a problem? That rape and sexual assault are non-issues? Of course not. It is to say, however, that radical feminism ignorantly lies and fixes the stats for their own perverse gain so that they can justify their fundamentalism with extreme depictions of male on female violence. Shouldn’t these people be proud of the declines in rape and violence? Apparently not, I suppose that is what happens when your movement is hijacked by paranoid crack-pots.
Radical feminism silences opposition, exaggerates reality, and rejects empiricism for numerous reasons. The greatest contributor is likely the fundamentalist zeal, post-modernist concepts, and the overwhelming insecurity of its adherents. Radical feminists cannot stand up to scrutiny so they dismiss questioners and respond with ad hominem attack. They do not believe truth can be objectively determined and so they draw their knowledge of the world from emotional assumptions and personal perceptions. They recognize within themselves numerous failings that they fear taking responsibility for, and so they blame nebulous abstractions like patriarchy and rape culture. It is imperative we refuse to accept this strand of McCarthyism and moral relativism.