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False accusations.

Difficult but, I think, worthwhile article about the kind of person who makes false rape accusations (and, similarly, what those false accusations look like).

Spoiler alert: false accusations are both rare and, in general, distinct in character from truthful accusations. Oh, and the impacts on the accused—assuming someone is directly accused, which is rare—are minimal. Most false accusations never go to trial and rates of exhortations (i.e. people who were convinced on charges that were later determined to be false) are a significant digit lower than, for example, murder. In other words, while false accusations do occur, the idea that they occur in quantity or severity as to intentionally ruin men’s lives is a total fiction.

2017-12-04T10:00:59+00:0017th May, 2018|Tags: culture, cw: sexual assault|

Al Capowned.

Then we realized what the connection was: all of these behaviors are the actions of someone who feels entitled to other people’s property – regardless of whether it’s someone else’s ideas, work, money, or body. Another common factor was the desire to dominate and control other people. In venture capital, you see the same people accused of sexual harassment and assault also doing things like blacklisting founders for objecting to abuse and calling people nasty epithets on stage at conferences. This connection between dominance and sexual harassment also shows up as overt, personal racism (that’s one reason why we track both racism and sexism in venture capital).

So what is the Al Capone theory of sexual harassment? It’s simple: people who engage in sexual harassment or assault are also likely to steal, plagiarize, embezzle, engage in overt racism, or otherwise harm their business.

 Valerie Aurora and Leigh Honeywell on correlations.

Incidentally, the Al Capone reference is to the fact that people engaged in illegal smuggling are more likely to also engage in tax fraud (i.e. how the feds caught Capone, and why money laundering is now A Thing), and not a comment of Capone’s propensity to sexual assault per se.

2017-07-24T10:16:15+00:0026th October, 2017|Tags: culture, cw: sexual assault|

Half as hard, twice as far.

To Trump, whiteness is neither notional nor symbolic but is the very core of his power. In this, Trump is not singular. But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies. The repercussions are striking: Trump is the first president to have served in no public capacity before ascending to his perch. But more telling, Trump is also the first president to have publicly affirmed that his daughter is a “piece of ass.” The mind seizes trying to imagine a black man extolling the virtues of sexual assault on tape (“When you’re a star, they let you do it”), fending off multiple accusations of such assaults, immersed in multiple lawsuits for allegedly fraudulent business dealings, exhorting his followers to violence, and then strolling into the White House. But that is the point of white supremacy—to ensure that that which all others achieve with maximal effort, white people (particularly white men) achieve with minimal qualification. Barack Obama delivered to black people the hoary message that if they work twice as hard as white people, anything is possible. But Trump’s counter is persuasive: Work half as hard as black people, and even more is possible.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is not fucking around.

2017-09-08T07:31:35+00:008th September, 2017|Tags: culture, cw: racism, cw: sexual assault, politics, usa|

The real danger.

The next time someone tries to use the “but think of the children!” argument re. policing bathroom usage, remind them that kids are more likely to be sexually assaulted in religious institutions than they are by trans people needing to pee.

(Content warning at the link; it’s Dan Savage talking about sexual assault.)

Incidentally, when I was in high school, we had a group of roving Christian evangelicals come around and lure kids into their weird cult with ice cream and brainwashing camps. Pretty much all of my female friends who got suckered inended up marrying their youth pastors. These were men who were in their mid- to late-twenties while we were all around fifteen or so, and having “sleepovers” at said pastors’ houses, in the guise of “movie nights”, was a common occurrence. It still makes my skin crawl thinking about it.

2018-02-08T08:11:31+00:003rd November, 2016|Tags: culture, cw: sexual assault|