I have previously discussed my opinions on the feminist theory of “rape culture”. I maintain my position that it is little more than a conspiracy theory that ironically blames male victims for their assaults.
Most of my conversations about the theory happen online. This holds true for most discussions about the topic. This is usually due to critics of feminism and feminists not engaging in the same spaces. Yet what happens when the typical internet conversation takes place in the real world?
Steven Crowder revealed how ridiculous the arguments sound in person. Comedian Ian Michael Black and Crowder got into a Twitter beef over comments Crowder made. Crowder invited Black to his show to discuss the matter. Black eventually agreed. This is what happened:
It is not just that they are talking past each other. It is that Black already thinks he is right and is not willing to entertain anything Crowder says. Crowder also thinks he is right, however, he presents his argument by citing studies and then uses this information along with the same study Black cites to dismantle Black’s position. Black, however, will not concede that his numbers may be wrong, that the evidence suggests that there is no “rape culture”, or that his position is largely based on political posturing. This happens as Crowder systematically takes apart Black’s argument point by point.
This is what the “rape culture” argument looks like in real life. It is indefensible. The numbers feminists cite make no sense, the definitions they use are too broad, and the theory completely erase male victims.
To be fair, I do not think Crowder or Black performed well during the exchange. Both were ready to argue, so a conversation or rigorous debate was never going to happen. Yet the reason it devolved into them talking over each other is because Crowder was willing to entertain Black’s positions, but Black was not willing to do the same. He begrudgingly accepted Crowder’s numbers and then tried to do estimates on the air, even though the raw numbers showed the estimates would not be anywhere near feminists’ estimates.
This is what you must contend with when arguing with feminists about their theories. While every feminist will not be unreasonable, you are dealing with a high level of indoctrination. It is difficult to break through it, and this often results in the kind of hostile exchanges one sees online. Seeing it in person reveals just how silly the argument sounds.