Ben Stein wrote a repugnant defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and reminded us all that of course a wealthy, educated professional couldn’t be a rapist because rapists are deranged wild-haired strangers who lurk in the bushes with a knife

In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes? Can anyone tell me of any heads of nonprofit international economic entities who have ever been charged and convicted of violent sexual crimes? Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category? Maybe Mr. Strauss-Kahn is guilty but if so, he is one of a kind, and criminals are not usually one of a kind.

Of course an economist couldn’t be a rapist, silly. Oh, wait. Apparently those things are not mutually exclusive. Here are more examples of why the “well-off educated person is clearly not a criminal” trope is fail- although, as is pointed out, these weren’t all violent sexual crimes, so obviously Ben Stein has won this point.


An old piece from Shakesville, but one that was a bit before my time as a consumer of feminist writing on the internet: The Patriarchy is Bad for Everyone. It gets a bit tiring having to explain to people why the sexist bullshit about how men are wild, rapacious animals who lack control or emotions is not ok and does a huge disservice to men, and it’s always nice to read things that discuss this.


This piece from Hugo Schwyzer, “Words are not fists: on male strategies to defuse feminist anger”, is also a bit old but I have just come across it now, and I like dicussions about the legitimacy of anger and the way in which people try to defuse and delegitimize it.


An excellent piece by ScubaNurse (here on her own blog, and here at The Hand Mirror) on Slutwalk and the absurdly stupid comments by Paul Quinn on Backbenches about drunken women being on the streets early in the morning when he is righteously heading off to the gym. Slutsssssssssssssssssssssssss. Booze. Putting themselves at risk. The usual. Sigh.

One Comment

  1. Alex says:

    This is a wonderful article. It’s refreshing to read discussion about gender relations that actually addresses the fact that men are not walking rape machines barely in control of their own lust. When we keep propping up the idea that man have no control over their own peckers we also prop up the idea that if a man rapes a woman it is a non-sexual, violent act that has some bullshit pseudo biological reason behind it.That view is just a stones throw from “It’s ok if she was drunk.” Rape is a violent sexual crime that men with serious mental health issues CHOOSE to commit.
    As a man who has personally dealt with the devastation sexual assault causes women, and as a man who has not raped, date raped or followed the practice of “maybe means keep going” I’d like to send this message to my fellow men: RAPE IS A CHOICE ASS HOLE! THERE IS NEVER ANY EXCUSE FOR IT AND IT IS NEVER, EVER EVER EVER THE WOMANS FAULT! PERIOD! EVER!