I noted, three weeks ago, on both The First Street Journal and RedState, that über-feminist Amanda Marcotte, long a documenter of the what she believes is a “rape epidemic” due to Teh Evil White Cisheteronormative Patriarchy™, has somehow failed to pay the slightest bit of attention to the sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. Miss Marcotte has always, always! been insistent on women’s rights, a frequent writer — and jumper-to-conclusion — concerning sexual assault, and a proponent of the so-called “slut walks,” in which women demonstrate concerning their right to wear whatever they wish or act as they please and not be looked down upon or seen as “asking for” rape.
Thus, when I noticed this article in Miss Marcotte’s hometown newspaper, The New York Times, I had to revisit her Salon author page, to once again see if she had (finally) noted the assaults in Cologne, or Mayor Henriette Reker’s statement that the Western women of her fair city ought to be more circumspect in dealing with the immigrant men.
By Deborah Acosta | January 26, 2016
On a warm fall day, members of a literary group gathered in Prospect Park to soak in the sun and snack on chocolate pretzels. Most book clubs in a park in Brooklyn wouldn’t cause much of a stir, but as the mostly female group read, men gawked and children stared. Police officers were called to the scene. The members of the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society are used to such attention. They are part of a larger movement called Free the Nipple, and see themselves as proponents of gender equality.
Yes, in 2016 women can vote and wear pants. Many large corporations have finally loosened their pantyhose restrictions. But in some states, women still have to hide their nipples in public while men don’t.
O.K. You might be thinking, There’s a gender pay gap. Who cares about nipple censorship?
There’s a lot more at the original, but I was far less concerned with the ‘free the nipple’ movement and the fourteen women nationwide who are interested in it than I was interested in whether Miss Marcotte had commented on this story from her hometown borough of Brooklyn. After all, this would tie right in to her support for the ‘slut walk’ campaigns and belief that how women dress, drink and behave has absolutely no impact on rape. There was certainly nothing about it on her Salon page.
But I did find that yes, she had once again addressed the topic of rape and sexual assault, in an interview that she did with Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. If you choose to read the reviews of the book at the link, you’ll see that the author’s intent was not just to report, but to “incite” (Chris Schluep) and “(sets) the story firmly in the context of social history” (The Boston Globe). Miss Marcotte quoted Mr Krakauer from her interview with him:
You know, I get really pissed off at this argument, “Oh, this is too serious a crime. Universities shouldn’t even adjudicate rape, they should turn it over to the police.” Well, the criminal justice system, with its high burden of proof, will never address the problem adequately. And universities, by Title IX, are required to do something about it.
This has been the goal of the feminists: since rape accusations, at least against acquaintances, have proved to be difficult to prosecute precisely due to the “high burden of proof,” MrKrakauer and Miss Marcotte want the universities to “adjudicate” rape claims, precisely because they do not have a high burden of proof. Mr Krakauer and Miss Marcotte would like to see some punishment meted out to a student accused of rape or sexual assault or sexual misconduct, simply based on the accusation, actual proof be damned.
And now we have this from Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:
Posted on January 29, 2016
Darian Lee Winfield was arrested Jan. 8 as a suspect in “a series of sexual assaults and home invasions” in Detroit:
Darian Winfield, 19, was charged with first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. He was arraigned in 34th District Court and bond was set at $1-million cash, according to Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
Winfield is charged with breaking into a house in the 5800 block of Radnor on Dec. 30 and stabbing a 39-year-old Detroit woman with a knife in the chest with the intent of sexually assaulting her, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Darian Lee Winfield’s relatives vehemently deny the accusations, saying the teen was apprehended while en route to a police precinct to clear his name after media reports that police were looking for him.
“He’s a model student, he works, he goes to school,” his mother, Anita Pace, told The Detroit News on Friday night. “It’s not him. They have the wrong person.” . . .
Winfield, considered armed and dangerous, was growing increasingly violent, Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Friday. . . .
So, is Winfield an angel — a “model student” who “volunteers at a soup kitchen” — or a serial predator? We don’t know, but he is presumed innocent unless he is convicted in a court of law. However, we know that someone is terrorizing women in Detroit. Someone stabbed that woman in the chest, and there are other victims in Detroit:
GeNaye Washington was asleep when a man climbed through her bedroom window, beat her and sexually assaulted her while her mother and siblings were just a few steps away in the home.
Washington, 17, died of her injuries [Jan. 12], according to her family, who identified her Wednesday to the Free Press as one of four victims who were raped in a string of sexual assaults and home invasions on Detroit’s east side that began last December.
“We hope that justice is served, but it still won’t bring her back,” said Shaquetta Washington, GeNaye’s older sister. . . .
According to Washington’s family, she was struck in the head multiple times and raped. A Detroit man, Darian Winfield, has been named a person of interest in the homicide, according to Detroit Police. Winfield was charged Sunday in another sexual assault and home invasion case and more charges could be forthcoming in a separate December Grosse Pointe Park attack.
Shaquetta Washington said she doesn’t know Winfield, but said her brother played basketball with him during the summer at a nearby basketball court.
Washington was attacked about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 7 near the 5500 block of Radnor. Her home was broken into and the assailant used some kind of blunt weapon, police said.
What I want to know is, where are the feminists? For the past couple of years, feminists have been claiming that American colleges and universities are in the grip of a “rape epidemic.” More than 100 lawsuits have been filed by male students who say they were falsely accused and denied due process in the campus kangaroo courts imposed in response to this hysterical fear-mongering. Yet the feminists who whipped up this irrational frenzy — Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti, Jill Filipovic, Alexandra Brodsky, et al. — can never be bothered to pay any attention to victims like GeNaye Washington or suspects like Darian Winfield in places like Detroit. There is a certain narrative — rich college girls on elite campuses allegedly being raped by “privileged” male students — which serves the political agenda of feminists, and they ignore any crime that doesn’t fit the narrative. If GeNaye Washington had been a student at Oberlin College or if Darian Winfield were a fraternity member at the University of Virginia, maybe Amanda Marcotte would care.
But ordinary women raped and murdered by an ordinary criminal? The story of those crimes doesn’t advance the feminist narrative, and so feminists never notice the victims of these crimes.
There’s more at Mr McCain’s original, but the more I read, the more I am persuaded that the feminist left is thoroughly consumed with racism.
Why? I did not include Mr Winfield’s photo here — it is available on Mr McCain’s website — because RedState is very concerned with not infringing on photo copyrights, but the accused is a black American. The rape victim named in the article is also black. While rape accusations in which the accused are white certainly catch the attention of the current crop of feminist writers — part of Miss Marcotte’s claim to fame was her jumping on the bandwagon concerning the three white college students accused of raping a black stripper, and her bitter retraction when it was proved that no, the accuser was not raped — when the accused rapists are not white, we hear nothing but crickets from the feminists. As nearly as I can see, today’s feminists are either so consumed by a racial version of “social justice” that they believe any accusations against non-white assailants somehow undermines the goals of diversity and multiculturalism, and/or — more probably ‘and’ rather than ‘or’ — they have simply fallen into the trap that so many journalists on the left have, (perhaps) unconsciously accepting the notion that blacks are just more criminal and more violent than whites, cannot be expected to really obey the law, and that such crimes simply are not news.
After all, we have all seen how black-on-black shootings and murders are not news, at least not to today’s journalists, while a white-on-black killing, especially by a police officer, is a national story; why ought we to be surprised that black-on-black rape cases attract no attention from the left?
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.