I have turned into the HULK. My head hurts and I ripped a sock. This is why:
A college deployed an anonymous sexual assault reporting system. It was swamped with fake reports at the same time Brave Heroes on r/MensRights happened to be discussing doing exactly that.
Clap….brave heroes….clap. Clap yourselves on the back. High five each other in the knowledge of a fabulous job well done.
An associate professor at that college, Lisa Wade, said a brilliant thing:
The men targeting Occidental's anonymous report form are mad that women are being listened to, that men's voices are no longer given so much power that they can effectively drown out the voices of women. They're mad because they're not the only ones that matter anymore. I get it. To them, it really does feel unfair. Something really is changing. They ARE being demoted — from a superior to an equal — and it feels wrong to them because they're so used to being privileged, to being the most specialest girl in the whole world.
But in the meantime, real reports of sexual abuse are being drowned, real people are being discouraged from reporting sexual assault and real, hateful, fucktangles are convincing each other that this kind of behaviour is perfectly alright. It’s the norm. It’s the default.
No more. We all know that this will slide under the radar unless we make sure it doesn’t. I’ll do my tiny little bit. Do yours.
(Thanks(!) to Dan J for getting me riled.)