I happened upon the Polished Man campaign a few days ago. It is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about sexual abuse against children by men. It is important to make that distinction because the campaign fails to acknowledge that women can be and are the perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. From the campaign’s website:
90% of all sexual violence against children is perpetrated by men.
But that doesn’t mean we are pointing the finger.
We’re asking men to lead the way, to start conversations and challenge the culture from where they stand.
One man-i-cure at a time.
That is not entirely true. I have written numerous times about female sex offenders. Not only it is evident that women commit sexual violence, but it also appears that women, according to a feminist-run study, to commit at least 40% to 60% of the sexual violence against males. We can see this trend in action by looking at studies over the years. The more people research this topic, the more we find that women are responsible for a large amount of sexual violence.
I understand the point of the campaign. It is the typical self-indulgent, viral hashtag activism that is so popular these days. It is not that the celebrity men do not care about preventing child rape. It is that very little will actually come of it beyond pandering to people’s need to seen in a certain light.
Yet what makes the campaign so troubling is that it misrepresents the problem by explicitly blaming men for sexual violence, effectively erasing female perpetrators. It also uses a clear gendered element to campaign, implying boys are not victims of sexual violence. The campaign is little more than virtue signalling.
Of course, this begs the question of who the campaign reached the “90% of all sexual violence against children is perpetrated by men”. I will let TL;DR explain, as he did a tremendous job of pointing out the gross negligence of this campaign:
This is the type of thing that I and many others have to do whenever these campaigns come out. Instead of being able to talk about a legitimate issue on its own merits, we must spend time debunking politically-motivated nonsense. As one commenter on the video explained:
Its funny how easily they could have meade [sic] this so much better is by saying to paint a nail green or blue to support child abuse instead of saying men paint a nail to fight against child.
If you want a campaign to support victims of abuse that is upfront with its numbers and is not playing politics, please support 1BlueString. This is a campaign run by 1in6.org designed to raise awareness for male victims of sexual violence by having guitarists replace one of their strings with a blue one. They also offer merchandise on the website. All the proceeds will go to 1in6, Living Well, and Survivors Manchester, organizations that provide active assistance to male victims.