Has the accepted role of journalism become that of a woke lullaby?

On the 16 June 2023 Australian media operator, Crikey, issued the following advice in relation to an article written by senior staffer, Guy Rundle:

Crikey has made the decision to unpublish the article, and apologises to Brittany Higgins and readers”.

Thus Crikey didn’t simply grovel, it took the somewhat unusual step of also deleting the article in question from their website. So if you’d like to read the article and form your own view of the matter, well tough, as you’ll need to search high and low to find yourself a copy. You might also wish to read various papers on the topic that have been prepared by Bettina Arndt (example).

I’ve read the Crikey article and I can’t fathom the amount of venom it’s attracted. The author doesn’t accuse anyone of anything, he simply nominates and briefly discusses a number of possible scenarios. I could point to many pro-feminist/woke-authored papers that should have sparked greater outrage, and were far more worthy of removal. Anyway, I’ll study Guy’s article again in coming days and perhaps my view will alter. But I doubt it.

Considering the following points:

  • the rather large question marks still posed by the Higgins matter
  • the corresponding manner in which our feminist-saturated media deals with (or fails to deal with) stories about men and boys, and
  • that we seemed to be making progress in terms of the media tackling issues with their eyes a little more widely opened.

I’m more inclined to #FacePalm #sigh. Oh, I dunno. Surely I’m not alone in finding this episode to be both very disappointing and worrisome regarding where-ever it is that the media, government and sundry woke cohorts are heading?

And the silence that now surrounds the issue suggests that those who might otherwise demand answers, have gone to ground in the expectation that woke screamers will bay for the blood of anyone who dares lift their heads from the trench.

One point that has been raised, and understandably so, is the figure of AUD$3mill that was earlier suggested as the sum that Brittany received from the government. Brittany has stated that she didn’t receive anything close to this amount. So how much and why?

Surely you would think that someone would lodge an FOI request to clarify at least this point. But nope – silence.

Anyway we’ll see what, if anything, emerges in coming days.

 

 

 

 

On sexual assault and unwanted sex

Every year both men and women and girls and boys are raped. Rape is never OK. There is also a very significant and growing incidence of people falsely accusing others of rape. To knowingly falsely accuse someone of rape is also never OK.

Such false claims can destroy the lives of the accused, and more importantly diminish and demean the validity of those who have actually been victims of rape. To make matters worse, the US Government is now requiring university campuses to undertake hearings and pass judgement on those accused of sexual assault even before the police become involved. This matter is discussed here and in many other recent articles.

The coverage, by feminists, of the issue of rape is often both exaggerated and  distorted, for example through the use of ridiculously broad definitions of what actions constitute ‘sexual assault’. The discussion of rape, by feminists, is also incredibly one-sided … addressing the rape of females is of paramount importance whilst the rape of males (by both men and women) is inconsequential.

The linked resources below explore a number of aspects of this important issue:

Toowoomba’s Brittany Higgins Wannabee, by Bettina Arndt (31 October 2023)

Kangaroo court casualties, by Bettina Arndt (6 September 2023)

Inflating campus sexual assault statistics, by Bettina Arndt (30 August 2023)

Saint Brittany or scheming charlatan? by Bettina Arndt (12 June 2023)

Perverting justice, by Bettina Arndt (11 May 2023)

Evasive, uncooperative and manipulative, by Bettina Arndt (20 February 2023) Another good paper on the Brittany Higgins case

Mobiles in the dock, by Bettina Arndt (11 January 2023)

Reddit discussion thread regarding prevailing attitudes towards the sexual assault of men (8 December 2022)

Higgins Case Finally Over, by Bettina Arndt (3 December 2022) Be sure to also look at the reader’s comments

Justice warriors in the dock, by Bettina Arndt (30 July 2022)

Shameful Star Chambers (26 June 2022) A Bettina Arndt video about events taking place at Australian universities

Sexism and sexual abuse, by Dr David C Thorp (undated) Australia

Bettina Arndt: The rape conviction rate – a scandalous deceit of parliament and the public (19 January 2022) Recommended reading

What the Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell Revealed About Female Sex Offenders (4 January 2022)

Campus lies, damned lies and statistics, by Bettina Arndt (14 October 2021)

The Kangaroo Justice of Sexual Assault Cases (2 October 2021) Australia

Sexual assault against boys is a crisis (22 February 2021) USA

Can we talk about sex please? (September 2020) Interesting broader coverage of the situation on US campuses

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Dismissed, minimised and ridiculed: The harmful responses to male victims of rape  (30 April 2020)

She begged him for sex and then accused him of sexual assault. Columbia expelled him despite audio proving his side (27 January 2020)

Why today’s young men are terrified of sex (11 January 2020)

When women sexually assault men (28 October 2019)

Forced penetration: If a woman forces a man to have sex, is that rape? (25 July 2019)

Can a Woman Rape a Man and Why Does It Matter? | SpringerLink (8 November 2018)

Rethinking Gender, Sexuality and Violence (25 October 2017) by Gideon Scopes

Sexual Victimization by Women Is More Common Than Previously Known (10 October 2017)

Education Dept: 90 Percent Of Sexual Assault Accusations Are The Result Of Regret And Drunk Sex (12 July 2017)

New CDC data again finds as many (if not more) male victims of female rapists than female victims of male rapists. CDC continues to ignore its own shocking findings (27 June 2017)

http://owningyourshit.blogspot.com.au/search/label/sexual%20assault (A collection of very good blog posts on the subject – highly recommended)

http://glosswatch.com/2012/08/26/feminists-how-about-shutting-up-in-the-name-of-free-speech/ (Mod: This pro-feminist piece drips with sarcasm in discussing mens concerns about being shut out of the rape debate, but have a look at the readers comments for incisive comments from Mike Buchanan)

How one young feminist reacts angrily to being provided with a perspective on unwanted sexual advances that differs from her own (see first reader’s comment and her subsequent posts … she even calls him a “rape culture apologist”)

Some interesting comments about rape and related convictions by a retired female police officer and there is a similar discussion thread here

The flyers pictured below were distributed on USA college campuses … why not the same for both genders? Unless of course the underlying belief set was one of men bad/women good.


On the sexual assault of men/youth

Boy left unclothed after Burgess Hill sexual assault by two women (5 July 2023)

Reynhard Sinaga case: why male victims and survivors need their own support system (11 January 2020)

‘Very violent’ Missouri woman, 43, punches her boyfriend and strikes him with a belt before sitting on his face after he refuses to perform oral sex on her (7 December 2018)

Montana woman with machete hides behind ex-boyfriend’s door, then forces sex on him, police say (27 June 2018)

UCLA Shock Study: Women Have Raped 3.6 Million American Men (4 August 2017)

Sexually violent women: The PID-5, everyday sadism, and adversarial sexual attitudes predict female sexual aggression and coercion against male victims (2017)

Male victims of sexual violence are being ignored by the government (21 December 2016) UK

Female sex predators: Why there are more of them than you think (1 December 2016)

It’s Not ‘Just a Women’s Issue.’ Men Are Survivors Too (7 March 2016) USA

Silent Suffering: Supporting the male survivors of sexual assault (2015) UK

Female prison guard rapes male inmate and the “legalization” of the rape of men by women (14 February 2016) Reddit mensrights discussion thread with linked papers

Hypocrisy: Transgender woman sent to male prison and suddenly people are concerned about prison rape (27 October 2015) Article here and discussion thread here

Britain needs to wake up to female sex offenders (22 August 2015)

Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women (11 June 2015) The New England Journal of Medicine. See related Tweet by Bettina Arndt here.

Cierra Ross, Chicago Mom, Charged With Raping Man At Gunpoint (9 June 2015)

Female prison officers commit 90pc of sex assaults on male teens in US juvenile detention centres (1 April 2015)

Female Perpetrators and Male Victims of Sexual Assault: Why They are so Invisible (February 2009)

The Sexual Victimization of Men in America: New Data Challenge Old Assumptions (13 February 2014)

Shia LaBeouf Was ‘Raped’? You Must Be Kidding… (1 December 2014)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Think About It by Dean Esmay (14 November 2014)

What we aren’t talking about when we talk about #beenrapedneverreported (6 November 2014)

Megan Davis Hoelting charged with sexual assault of man in Texas (31 October 2014)

When women sexually assault men (9 October 2014)

About 14,000 Men In the Military Were Raped Last Year — Almost None Will Report It (14 October 2014)

http://www.avoiceformen.com/men/mens-issues/why-rape-is-seriously-hilarious/

http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/1vv6zn/it_is_inappropriate_to_consider_as_a_rape_victim/ (But women can’t be rapists, silly!)

http://www.np.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/27axwi/serious_men_who_have_been_raped_by_women_what/

http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/27m06h/the_sexual_victimization_of_men_in_america_new/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Men and boys get raped too (27 April 2014)

When men are raped (29 April 2014)

Told you so: Study finds women rape men more than you think (3 May 2014)

https://www.avoiceformen.com/allnews/feminist-professor-facing-sexual-assault-charges-after-having-a-sexual-relationship-with-profoundly-retarded-man/ (23 April 2014)

http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/crime/hard-truth-girl-guy-rape/

http://www.genderratic.com/p/4166/double-standards-the-feminisms-sexist-record-on-the-subject-of-rape/

https://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/shine-on/myths-sexual-assault-against-men-150245248.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449454/More-men-raped-US-women-including-prison-sexual-abuse.html

http://mensrightsmelbourne.com/2014/03/31/more-men-are-raped-in-the-us-than-women/

http://www.psypost.org/2014/03/coerced-sex-not-uncommon-for-young-men-and-teenage-boys-study-finds-23932

http://time.com/37337/nearly-half-of-young-men-say-theyve-had-unwanted-sex/

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2014/04/boys_young_men_report_being_co.php

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-incidents/alexandra-rose-williams-on-good-behaviour-bond-after-inflight-bum-grope-20140417-36tj2.html

It is generally recognised that males have a generally higher predisposition towards under-reporting incidents of sexual assault. This issue is discussed in the following two part blog post:

http://dontneedfeminism.tumblr.com/post/71294252715/40-of-rapists-are-women-yes-get-over-it and http://dontneedfeminism.tumblr.com/post/71294309366/oratorasaurus-40-of-rapists-are-women-yes-get-over

A reddit discussion thread at http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/28ubfn/12_month_versus_lifetime_victimization_statistics/ looks at a statistical discrepancy between recall in relation to recent sexual assault versus assault experienced over their lifetimes.

http://textgameformen.com/2014/04/03/laci-green-clueless-about-men/

http://humantraffickingresearchpapers.wordpress.com/

http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/21eh7w/working_in_a_night_club/

http://www.avoiceformen.com/misandry/boys-raped-more-often-than-girls/

http://tamenwrote.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/fbi-clarifies-definition-of-rape/ (Concerning the FBI definition of rape)

Other sources concerning sexual assault and unwanted sex

Regarding rape, roofies and alcohol-induced amnesia (8 February 2019)

Mixing alcohol and sex is a dangerous cocktail (4 October 2018)

Hysteria Over Date Rape Drugs (15 June 2017)

Stanford releases survey results indicating 1.9% of all students experience sexual assault; receives protests (23 April 2016) USA. Reddit discussion thread

We need to fix our toxic rape laws before the names of more innocent men are trashed, by Alex Proud (18 April 2016) UK

Women’s Rights Groups Attack Study of Rapists Showing Attackers Likely to be 34-Year-Old, Jobless, Foreign Men (23 January 2016) France

Chrissie Hynde was right about rape. Now feminists want to silence her (31 August 2015)

The truth about a viral graphic on rape statistics (9 December 2014) Recommended reading

Memphis woman charged with aggravated rape (24 June 2014)

Gender crazies make it official: the truth is ‘victim blaming’ (25 July 2014)

The startling facts on female sexual aggression, by Ally Fogg (4 September 2013)

Sexual Victimization Among Male College Students: Assault Severity, Sexual Functioning, and Health Risk Behaviors (July 2012)

On jury nullification and rape by Paul Elam (1 August 2010)

Iggy Azalea wants fans to stop trying to finger her (23 April 2014) and women are the worst offenders. Here is a related video and related discussion thread.

Anti-feminist woman speaks up about another woman’s claim of rape (31 May 2014)

So where does that ‘one women in five are sexually assaulted’ figure come from?

Hey Amanda Marcotte, did you know “1 in 5” is really 1 in 5,446? (10 May 2014)

http://www.avoiceformen.com/feminism/feminist-governance-feminism/legally-obscene/ (When do minors who are victims of sexual assault pay their attackers? When they are male!)

http://www.avoiceformen.com/allnews/ncfm-letter-concerning-female-only-self-defense-classes-causes-media-sensation/ and http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/28/mens-rights-group-claims-free-self-defense-classes-for-women-are-sexist/ (Government-funded self-defence classes for women only – why?)

And finally the graphic shown below was sourced from this site.

Rape_stats

Other related posts within this blog

A case-study of feminism in action – The Mercier Affair
On the feminist myth of ‘rape culture’
Domestic violence is not a gendered issue – So why the sexist bias against men?
More invisible male victims of rape
Paedophilia and underage sex
On the issue of traveler safety
On the issue of false allegations of sexual assault