Jessica Valenti dishes on Jon “Missoula” Krakauer: A man writing about rape!
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum: Valenti: When a guy scoops a woman, it’s “mansplaining.”
“So it doesn’t surprise me that with all that’s been written on rape, it’s a book written by a man that’s captured the attention of the nation. But it does depress me.
“For those of us who have been writing about rape for years, it’s like reading the mansplainer’s guide to rape-is-bad. Is this really news for most people?
“It’s news, I suppose, for those who don’t tend to believe women – those that think, as one Missoula police chief told a rape victim, that half of rape allegations are false; those who think the college rape statistics are inflated; those who like Krakauer, didn’t previously care much about the impact of sexual assault. No, it makes you insanely jealous that a man with no prior knowledge can write rings around you on a subject you’ve been bleating about for years (mostly with no reference to actual data or reality).
“Despite his knowledge – and prior empathy – gap, the book is still getting fantasticpress, and, if it helps create a space for men for talk about how rape is terrifyingly bad, to realize their ignorance of its prevalence, then I’m glad there’s a book that relays the horror of rape in a way that will convince skeptical men. And, as Nina Burleigh wrote in Newsweek, Krakauer’s is a book that will bring ‘more mainstream attention to a dire and important topic normally relegated to feminists and victims preaching to the choir about rape culture.’
”It’s important for as many people as possible to know that most rapists are repeat offenders, that many are happy to brag about their crimes, and that victims overwhelmingly tell the truth about rape.
It’s just too bad we need a man to make people believe that those things are true.”
“No, it makes you insanely jealous that a man with no prior knowledge can write rings around you on a subject you’ve been bleating about for years (mostly with no reference to actual data or reality).
“Hmmm. Do you suppose, Jess, that feminist insistence that everything is rape, and that even when women lie about rape, we should still believe them, contributes to apathy about rape? When petty little bitches like you moan and whine about wrapping Christmas prezzies and then declare all men rapists who should stop rape, you elicit a giant eye-roll from the hoi polloi who are sick of listening to your garbage?
“Actual rape is awful. If feminists would stop supporting drunk sluts claiming they were raped when they most certainly were not, the stark reality of rape might be more evident. Rape hysterics are diluting the gravity of the crime.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen