Bulletin Board v288

Absurdity reigns in campus sexual assault trials — There’s an old legal adage that good facts make good law, and bad facts make bad law. In the case of campus sexual assault, it may be that absurd facts will — eventually — make good law too. About five years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a letter that would change the face of campus sexual misconduct proceedings at colleges across the country.

Boy alleging rape by father says also abused in foster care — A boy who was removed from the family home after allegedly being raped by his father and forced to have sex with his mother was further sexually abused while in foster care, a trial has heard. The now 12-year-old has so far spent five days giving evidence via video-link about alleged abuse by his parents in their Waterford home. He has alleged his father raped him, sexually abused him with a hot poker and forced him to have sex with his mother over the course of several years from when he was about six years old.

Catholic Church issues public apology for sex abuse of priests 20 years ago — Uruguay’s Roman Catholic Church said it is ashamed over the “abhorrent acts” committed by its priests who were accused of sexually abusing three persons who were in their teens 20 years ago even as it made a public apology for their acts. In a letter on its website, the church denounced the acts, lamenting that the crimes went unpunished because the statute of limitation has elapsed, the Associated Press reports. Continue reading

Hearing the unheard

The Honey Badgers interviewed Warren Farrell again. The conversation wavers between topics. I found one exchange interesting.

Warren Farrell described a men’s group he hosted at his home during his time with the National Organization of Women. The group was meant to give men a space to share their feelings. Farrell found, however, that after a couple of hours the men would shut down and want to leave. Farrell found this confusing, but continued the group. Eventually he began to record the meetings and while watching the playback he noticed something he had missed.

Rather than listening to the men and allowing them to explain their feelings on their own terms, Farrell would cut in and tell the men what they felt and why they felt it. He would parse their experiences through a feminist lens, ignoring the men’s own interpretations.

I find that this occurs in many spaces run by feminist men. Feminists seem less interested in what men actually feel and experience than they are confirming their own theories and biases. When a man says something that runs contrary to those views, feminists ignore or downplay it. This is particularly true in male feminist spaces where these men have a greater need to prove their feminist credentials. Continue reading

The Art of Male Bonding

The Honey Badgers recently chatted with former professor Allen Frantzen about male bonding and male love. Frantzen studied medieval history, primarily English history. He wrote several about male bonds during that period of time, particularly how men expressed their mutual love one another. This love was not sexual, but was still intimate.

It is something that we have lost today. Outside of a handful of situations, men and boys are discouraged from creating those kinds of intense bonds via accusations of misogyny and homosexuality. The situations where those bonds do occur are usually situations in which males can only depend on other males for support, such during war or in sports. The intensity and longevity of those bonds may be part of the reason why so many boys and men gravitate towards male-only spaces. It seems to be part of the male experience to want such bonds.

Frantzen explains part of why that happens, and the Badgers offer some interesting insights: Continue reading

Addressing the boy crisis

The Honey Badger Brigade interviewed author and activist Warren Farrell concerning the growing boy crisis. Farrell has spoken previously about the importance of paying attention to boys’ needs and understanding the unique role fathers and male mentors play in boys’ lives.

Farrell has been on the receiving end of much feminist hatred, including a concerted effort to paint him as a supporter of statutory rape. Much of their complaint about Farrell is simply that he criticizes their policies and methods.

Like several notable critics of feminism, Farrell used to be a feminist. He was once the president of the National Organization for Women. I think this makes his criticism more irritating to feminists, much like a former believer criticizing their old religion. Continue reading

Top Posts of 2015

Here are the top posts of 2015. This list only includes posts written in 2014, not those that carried over from other years.

Be Careful What You Ask For

In Plain Sight: The Rape of Afghan’s Boys

Nerds and Feminism: Feminists Behaving Badly

Jennifer Lopez, child rape, and victim-blaming

Woman “fell” pregnant after raping 12-year-old boy

Jason Aaron: God of Blunders

Female researchers outraged when asked to include men

This is why we can’t have nice things

Mary Koss doesn’t think women can rape men and boys

The Shaming of a “Feminazi”

Two interviews with Christiana Hoff Sommers

I recently watched two interviews of Christiana Hoff Sommers. The first was on The Joe Rogan Experience. The second was on The Rubin Report. Apparently Sommers gave the interviews a short time apart. That is impressive because the Rogan interview is almost three hours long.

Both interviews cover much of the same topics — feminism, progressive tactics, the pushing of feminist narratives, misandry, etc. The Rubin Report is more focused while the The Rogan Experience is a casual conversation. Both are worth watching. Continue reading

Silent Suffering: Supporting the Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservative London commissioned a study on male victims of sexual violence. The study collected the reporting rate of male victims to local police. The results showed a stark situation:

On Wednesday, the GLA Conservative Group issued a thorough study that highlighted the gulf between adult male sexual assaults and the amount that get reported to the police.

Titled “Silent Suffering – Supporting the Male Survivors of Sexual Assault”, the paper highlighted the fact that between 2010 and 2014 there were 26,483 recorded incidents of males being victims of sexual assault or rape. This is contrasted with research conducted by SurvivorsUK, the largest and longest established specialist male sexual violence support charity in the UK, which evaluated five years of self-referral data (more than 600 individual entries) to establish that less than 4pc of the sample had reported their experience of adult sexual assault to the police.

The study provided an estimated numbers of victims:

Figures collected from all the UK’s police forces show that between 2010 and 2014 there were 26,483 recorded incidents of males being victims of sexual assault or rape.

This includes 3,748 incidents recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) – the highest rate in the UK.

Using these figures alongside the research conducted by SurvivorsUK, we can estimate the number of males over the age of 16 who were sexually assaulted or raped between 2010 and 2014, who did not report their experiences to the police.

These numbers suggest that across the entire UK between 2010 and 2014, 679,051 sexual assaults and rapes of males took place. Of these – 652,568 were not reported to any police force.

In the geographical area covered by the MPS this would equate to 96,103 sexual assaults and rapes of males between 2010 and 2014 – with 92,355 of them not being reported.

The study also analyzed why men do not come forward. Continue reading