Online Book Club Chapter Six: Men Aren’t The Enemy

October 28, 2009 | Annemarie

Chapter 6 discusses a very difficult topic–violence. Carrie Lukas treats this issue with respect and enlightens her readers with a refreshing realization; feminists often distort the truth to make us believe their dogma.

Society typically views women as victims of violence. Carrie Lukas disagrees,

“One often hears the phrase ‘violence against women,’ but rarely, if ever, the words ‘violence against men.’ Yet men continue to be much more likely than women to be the victims of a violent crime. Although violence against men has fallen during recent decades, men were almost 40 percent more likely than women to be the victim of violent crime in 2003, and 3.4 times as likely to be murdered in 2002.”

Feminists have distorted the facts, making claims that one in four women are victims of rape or attempted rape. This statistic was the result of a faulty survey conducted in 1982 by Mary Koss:

“In 1982, Mary Koss, who had written for Ms. Magazine, surveyed three thousand college women. Their responses to three questions were used to determine if they had been raped: Have you had sexual intercourse when you didn’t want to because a man gave you alcohol or drugs? Have you had sexual intercourse when you didn’t want to because a man threatened or used some degree of physical force (twisting your arm, holding you down, etc.) to make you?”

A Berkeley School of Social Welfare professor went on to question Koss’s findings:

“If your date mixes a pitcher of margaritas and encourages you to drink with him and you accept a drink, have you been “administered” an intoxicant, and has your judgement been impaired? Certainly, if you passout and are molested, one would call it rape. But if you drink and, while intoxicated engage in sex that you later come to regret, have you been raped? Koss does not address these questions specifically, she merely counts your date as a rapist and you as a rape statistic if you drank with your date and regret having sex with him.”

Our end goal should be stopping all violence against women and men, and the key is to be informed:

“Women should know the true facts about the prevalence of violence in our society, not the inflated statistics that feminists often repeat to suggest that violence against women is unavoidable. Although too many women are still victims, crime rate have actually dropped considerably during that last decade. It’s also important to remember that violence affects both genders. In fact, men are far more likely to be victims of violent crimes than are women. A face-based understanding of the prevalence of violence is the best way form women to protects themselves and their families.”
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