Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.” She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying…
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, in doctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
okay this is dweeby of me but i’m thinking of perhaps doing a cosplay of vivi in that blue shirt outfit? because I could literally do it for like $30 (i have an arda gift certificate for the wig) and i love her and she has blue hair and a ponytail and is (psuedo) egyptian so i can be like “hey look guys, fun fact!”
but im already doing time skip/fishman nami for katsu. would this be too much or no
I’M SO HAPPY I’M SO HAPPY I’M SO HAPPY TODAY IS FUCKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I WAS HAVING SUCH A BAD DAY YESTERDAY BUT TODAY I FOUND OUT IM DEFINITELY OKAY TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL NEXT SEMESTER!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve had the room to myself but now my roommate is back… no more fire emblem in the room yeowch (i don’t want to play under the covers w/o sound because of cutscenes)… well, it’s almost winter break, so there’s that
anyone in boston go outside yet today, btw?? idk if it’s too cold for me to face the elements or what but it’s the AM and I’ve remembered my gym card WHICH NEVER HAPPENS but I don’t want to freakin die