We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You will recall that the despicable race-monger and hate-monger Al Sharpton made his name with the Tawana Brawley case. It was, of course, a hoax, the victims of which were the then-15 year old Tawana herself - and police officer Steven Pagones.
Our link this morning to Powerline's The radical feminist empire strikes back at Duke got me to thinking about one of our perennial themes here at Maggie's (namely the bullsh-t people and the MSM feed us) which we specifically touched upon three years ago in a random post on Truthiness, from which I borrow these quotes:
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. Aldous Huxley
A historian who would convey the truth must lie. Often he must enlarge the truth by diameters, otherwise his reader would not be able to see it. Mark Twain
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie. Bob Dylan
One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways. Dr. Karl Menninger
What is Truth? Pontius Pilate
There is no doubt in my mind that many careerists, opportunists, cranks with an axe to grind, neurotic cause-seekers, victim addicts, grievance-seekers, and folks with passionate political agendas use Tawana BrawleyCase methods to advance their causes. These people need problems to justify their work, their income, or their very raison d'etre. If they have a sociopathic streak, they are not above inventing or exaggerating those problems:
Those Duke profs want more rape.
The warmists want more warming.
The race-mongers want more racism.
The transfat haters want more heart attacks.
The capitalism-phobics want more poverty.
Educators want more ignorance.
The race-mongers want more black kids to fail in school.
The Moslems want to be insulted.
And so on. Yes, I always want more legal cases too.
My observation is that the perception of true radical feminists is that American society is highly patriarchical and can be summed up as naming it a "rape culture". The power differential between men and women is such that pretty much all heterosexual sex is rape. Their mantra is "If a woman says she's raped, believe her." The rationale is that the penalty that a woman pays for accusing someone of rape is so high that if she dares to come forward she must be telling the truth. Oh, and if a woman at anytime post-coitus perceives she's been raped, then she's been raped, regardless of any actual facts.