Monday, October 1, 2018

Believe All Women: Survivor Edition

If you asked people today what they thought of the Rape of Nanking, most would probably say “I believe her!”  They would then likely exclaim “She’s a survivor!” before asking: “Did Kavanaugh do it?” Some would even claim to know “Nan King” and vouch for her character, perhaps saying they were in the room with her while she was being assaulted.

Such is the state of academia-- and ethics-- in the West. Fortunately, it was not always thus.

In December of 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into China’s capital city, Nanking, and slaughtered half of the 600,000 civilians and soldiers residing there. The six weeks of stupefying carnage represented the single worst atrocity, in terms of numbers, committed during World War II, in either the Pacific or European theaters of war. It became known around the world as the Rape of Nanking.

The Allied Powers, led by the United States, endured staggering sacrifices in eventually defeating both Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.

While there is no excuse for real sexual harassment, let alone rape, getting felt up a bit or having one’s fanny patted and living to talk about it is not on par with making it out of Dachau or Treblinka, enduring the Bataan Death March…or surviving the Rape of Nanking. You are not, in that sense, a survivor. And attempting to don that mantle or apply that label to yourself does nothing but diminish you.
If a person is so simple, prejudiced and exclusionary as to champion the phrase, “Believe all women,” they self-evidently acknowledge that the corollary must also apply: “Believe no men.”

This represents the acme of all identity politics…and the nadir of human relations.

Men—and the concept of masculinity—are under attack on college campuses (and elsewhere) around the country. It appears that nearly every woman in the world will soon claim to be a victim of harassment if they haven’t done so already.

The real assault is on reason.

Sad times are these.

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