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I'm having a discussion with a guy in the comments of your video about false rape accusations, and he's saying that the Innocence Project proves that 1 in 4 men will be falsely accused of rape in their lifetime. I don't know if you know about the Innocence Project but they re-test DNA from rape crime evidence and see if it matches the accused rapist. Apparently it's got loads of men accused of rape set free. Not sure what to think because everywhere else says only 2% of rape reports are false =\




Every class I’ve taken and textbook I’ve read in relation to this has confirmed the 2% statistic as well. So I’m gonna go with the academic consensus rather than faceless commenters on the internet.

I was VERY surprised to read this, so I did a little digging. The Department of Justice put out a research report that, among other things, goes into the source of that 1 in 4 statistic. Key line is page xxviii, where Neufeld and Scheck (the Innocence Project founders) do claim that “every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained…the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing.”

The pair go on to qualify that with some fairly restrictive limitations on which rapes are in consideration here. They also acknowledge a number of reasons DNA tests might result in false negatives, but I’m not concentrating on that here. For that 1 in 4 statistic to carry, all four of the following factors must be true:

1) identity is at issue (no consent defense);
2) non-DNA evidence was an eye-witness identification;
3) the arrest or indictment was based on that non-DNA evidence; and
4) sperm was recovered from a place making identity dispositive.

So, let’s break down what this means. 1 in 4 men will not be falsely accused of rape in their lifetime. That’s a gross misrepresentation of what Neufeld and Scheck wrote. What’s more, the sample explicitly excludes cases where consent is an issue. So, cases where there’s no dispute about whether the two people had sex? Not considered. One of the other statistics that gets thrown out there is that in at least two thirds of all rape cases (sometimes the estimate is higher), the victim knew her rapist. We’re not really dealing with them here.

It’s dealing purely with witness misidentification in cases where they had DNA evidence, and didn’t use it. Notice what I wrote there? Witness misidentification. While that could presumably include these “false rape” accusations, what it’s likely dealing with are women who were actually raped, but were unable to identify their rapist.

That same year, the FBI estimated that 8% of complaints about forcible rape were “unfounded” - this is on the higher end of what you’ll see in studies. Things I can’t stress enough: unfounded does not mean false. If a woman finds herself under pressure by the community and recants? That’s generally considered unfounded.

In short: yes, witness misidentification is a very serious problem — in cases of rape, and in many other crimes. But it feels like when I see people throwing around these particular statistics, it’s not about issues of identification — it’s an attempt to accuse the victims of fabricating the crime. And that’s not what these statistics were addressing.

I understand the impetus behind the counting of children and female casualties. The killing of innocents in Gaza by Israel’s war machine is a crime. But Palestinian men are victims of Israeli state terrorism too. Let’s not repeat the logic of the war on terror, where only children and women can be victims but men (including boys over 15, sometimes 13) are always suspects and thus somehow they share in the blame of their own death. This is the gendering of the War on Terror: our men and boys are inherently dangerous and are merely the potential for violence encased in human flesh.

Furthermore, every woman who lives and loves and loses and struggles within Israel’s military occupation and siege is a revolutionary. You do not have to pick up a gun in Gaza to be a revolutionary or an “enemy” of Israel. You just have to be alive and to insist on living. After all, isn’t that point of settler colonialism?

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i always think that if i can just explain feminism calmly and educationally people will get it but i forget that MRAs exist

There are less stupid radical MRAs than stupid radical feminists

How did you come to that conclusion?

Because a…

Upload a video to YouTube on feminism and you’ll see a lot more hateful MRAs coming out of the woodwork.

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Israel using illegal weapons in Gaza
July 21, 2014

Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.

Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties.

Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far.

Doctors saw bodies with nail shrapnel, and removed them from the wounds of those who came into hospital. While, several people and journalists collected nails from bomb sites and posted their photos on Facebook.

In the early days of the Israeli war, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert told a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital that he found effects of DIME weapons on the bodies of the Palestinian casualties.

"A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009 attack and also in 2006," said Gilbert.

He continued: “The bodies are pretty much destroyed by the enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”


Illegal weapons supplied by $8.5 million daily aid from the US to Israel.

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the medical community didn’t even pin-down what the vagina even looked like until the 1990s. women are more likely to die of heart attacks because many people don’t know that their symptoms typically manifest differently.

i don’t understand how someone can think that women are more privileged in medicine, when they are literally less likely to receive appropriate treatment because their doctors assume they are “faking it” or “making a big deal”?

the strong, strong majority of (diagnosed) autistic people are male, but i don’t take research into autism as a personal assault?



i like how an argument i’m getting against feminism on my video is that men are more oppressed because there’s more research and focus put on women’s health care than men’s but that is LITERALLY A RESULT OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT

women’s needs didn’t receive proper attention from medical…

Breast cancer is largely considered a problem only women suffer.

Movember, created by men to raise awareness for the exclusively male Prostate Cancer was overrun by feminists raging over their right to not shave.