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The deafening silence from Duke University in its failure to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players, and its failure to change campus policy with respect to feminist harassment of men, has not gone unchallenged. The watershed event at Duke has ignited long-overdue scrutiny of cultish women’s studies programs that have impressed hatred and sexism towards men at our Universities.
Duke University cannot rebuild its crumbled foundations until apologies are made to the Lacrosse players, and changes are made to campus policy and curricula to ensure that radical feminist professors cannot control the campus by manipulating students to serve the next generation up on the platter of radical feminism.
One thing is clear: feminist campus activities at Duke in 2006 did not occur because of spontaneous student outrage. They were organized by professors in the Women’s Studies department in cohort with national feminist organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the American Association of University Women.
The “take back the night” rally at Duke was organized in the same style Castro orchestrates public events in Cuba. Students were spoon-fed agitprop and then sent out to put on a show for the media. What a carnivale of hate it was! Wanted posters with photographs of 40 members of the Lacrosse team were posted all over campus. Wild epithets were brandished about a “culture of rape” that exists on college campuses. [i] Students were told to come forward and tell “stories” about “rapes”. Walls of protesters emerged brandishing sexist signs.
Even the Duke Divinity School participated in the rampage, [ii] holding a revivalist service, and carrying the mindset forward into the divinity school’s “women’s week”. Finally, we have found some religious nuts crazier than Muslim fundamentalists and probably just as dangerous. Perhaps we should send them on a field trip to Iraq, to teach their hate to Muqtada Al Sadr. They would come home with much wiser liturgical attitude towards American men.
Duke’s “Group of 88”[iii] professors published a signed group statement cloaking anonymous feminist claims about violence in a valedictorian cap and gown. [iv] To this day they still disavow responsibility[v] for officiating and propelling a mob environment inexcusably hateful to men at Duke University. They pretend their involvement amounted to nothing more than “listening to students”. Their statement[vi] issued in response to demands for apologies is a shocking twisting of facts: “The disaster is the atmosphere that allows sexism, racism, and sexual violence to be so prevalent on campus” reflects directly on them.
There are 87 indignant humanities professors[vii] at Duke who are the disaster creating an atmosphere of racism and sexism on campus – one that imagines sexual violence in every dorm room. One English professor, one “Ms. Holloway”, still pretends that “Something did happen on Buchanon”. [viii] Like Stephen A. Douglas, they have not realized their condonation of brute discrimination has been laid bare by Abe Lincoln for all to witness.
At Columbia University, feminists held a jaded speak-out rally powered by a most paradoxical ideology: “Tonight is a night of survival in the most active sense of the word. We shout to combat the silence that is forced upon us.” [ix] In a day where there is a rape and women’s violence hotline phone number literally everywhere we look, there is no evidence that violence against women is a silenced issue anywhere in America.
North Carolina Central, where liar, stripper and prostitute Crystal Mangum[x] was a “student”, established a “student support fund” for Mangum. President James H. Ammons screeched “Our hearts go out to her, and we'll do everything to support her … We throw our arms to our student with moral and financial support. There's no place for racial discrimination or sexual violence. We stand firm in our stance." [xi]
The American Association of University Women is a leading oracle of cult misandry in America. Their claims are widely published by media and cited around the world as reason for turning justice on its head.
For example, the AAUW claims that “42% of college women who are raped tell no one about the assault”. [xii] Like the vast majority of feminist statistics, this baseless number springs magically from a litany of anecdotal “stories” collected by Robin Warshaw, titled “I Never Called It Rape”. The book lays out a meaningless definition of rape nearly as expansive as Marilyn French’s infamous statement “All men are rapists and that's all they are”. [xiii] One book review even points out that the book’s claims lack reasonable scientific foundation. [xiv]
The AAUW also claims that 25% of college women are raped during their college career, [xv] but only “5% of rape incidents are reported to police”. [xvi] With feminist rallies several times per year, and a noisy radical women’s support center on every college campus, can anyone believe these outrageous lies?
Elsewhere, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault held a “speak out” in April, 2006 for self-nominated “rape victims” to spit out rumor-mill imaginations of victimization and rape. Like reality-TV, this event encouraged extraordinary extremism to command attention. This organization claims that 22,000 women and 8,000 men are raped in New York City each year, despite the fact that only 1,700 rapes are reported to police each year. [xvii] The V-Day celebration in New York[xviii] was no less astonishing. We normally ignore nuts on soapboxes ranting the unimaginable to earn their ten minutes of loquacious fame. But when it is organized by the National Organization of Women, we take the insane seriously.
In June, 2006, the National Organization for Women pretended that doubts about Crystal Mangum’s story constituted putting the accuser on trial. [xix] N.O.W. has been mute about the Duke case ever since. But it still continues to liturgize about rape and violence against women as if Duke never happened.
There is no palpable credibility to these sordid diatribes against men. Certainly, rape does exist. The problem must be addressed accurately and forcefully, not with the atom bomb of radical feminism.
In balance, rape is far from pandemic. We know that 40% to 50% of rape allegations are clearly false. [xx] [xxi] The Innocence Project[xxii] has proven the effectiveness of feminist Klan ideologies and federal entitlements misused to lock up perfectly innocent people in spite of case facts.
In fact, we can say that the mass murder at Virginia Tech could have been avoided if police had not immediately concluded that the first victim’s boyfriend was the killer. The first double-murder suggests something more than a domestic disagreement. Seung-Hui Cho was a well-known campus nut. Police ignored what many students and a few professors first concluded: Cho was the murderer. Had police locked the campus down until Cho was found, thirty murders could have been prevented.
There is a deeply-ingrained culture of neo-paternalist hate on our college campuses that is deeply offensive to the reasonable mind. This inhumanism is not a reflection of credible research or qualitative analysis. It is the klannish cult of radical feminism, [xxiii] impressed on the educational system by off-campus NGO’s, largely financed by federal VAWA funds. These programs are indoctrinaire, not educational. It is time this practice is ended, and our campuses firewalled from it.
We know that federal laws such as the Violence Against Women Act, and family and criminal jurisprudence are abused dangerously. Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D. demonstrates that our “open politicization of scholarship by domestic violence advocates with an ideological agenda is also simply accepted.”[xxiv]
All change begins on our college campuses. The onus and responsibility for corrective action rests on the shoulders of Colleges and Universities. They are solely responsible for academic programs and the events sponsored or permitted on their campuses. Many colleges gladly allow feminist lynch mobs lacking only ropes and hoods to convict the majority of men of rape or violence, and to harass all men into thinking that all other men are abusers or rapists. The rancid transmogrification of diversity to cold hate is simply not acceptable.
College men must take the lead. There are many college women[xxv] who know how dangerous feminism is who will join you. If you do not want to live your adult lives being called an abuser, and end up divorced and one of those “deadbeat dads” you hear about all the time, you must do this. You must organize and hold feminists feet to the factual fire. It is my experience in the world of politics that feminists run when exposed, but only when you show you are not afraid of them.
I am willing to work with college men and women who have the wisdom to change the future before they get there, and teach them how to win. College is a bigger investment in your future than you ever imagined. Your degree will not be worth a nickel when feminists end up destroying half of all marriages, leaving women in poverty, and men criminalized if they cannot support two households.
The modern Women’s Ku Klux Klan has no business running our college campuses. [xxvi] The foundations of Duke University and many college campuses are in bigoted ruins. Apologies are not good enough to end the culture of misandry on college campuses. American universities cannot be resurrected until radical feminism is banned as an organized institution both in academia and as an entitled student institution.
Until that time, parents should wisely send their children to college in countries that actually teach real coursework, where sex is not taught as a war, and where marriage is considered normal. The University of Singapore or the University of Tokyo are two good choices. If you want your children to get ahead in the next generation, there are few choices left in America worth wasting your money on.
David R. Usher is Senior Policy Analyst for the True Equality Network and President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, Missouri Coalition
[xv] Ibid.., 11
[xvi] Ibid., 11
[xx] McDowell CP. False allegations. Forensic Science Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1985
[xxi] Kanin EJ. An alarming national trend: False rape allegations. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994 http://www.sexcriminals.com/library/doc-1002-1.pdf
[xxv] Caldwell, Lucy; “Rushing to Rape” Harvard Crimson, April 8, 2007; http://www.thecrimson.com/printerfriendly.aspx?ref=518304