I knew eventually that Paul Elam would address the 400 false rape reports that men’s rights ‘activists’ submitted to Occidental College through an anonymous data collection system. He says he doesn’t like it but he supports it.
‘To be clear, AVFM was not engaged in this particular event, nor do we officially endorse what happened. We do not denounce it, either.’
He’s really good at talking out of both sides of his mouth. I somehow doubt that out of 400 false reports not one AVFMer took part. He continues by blaming feminists:
‘There is some conditional — and temporary — sympathy for college administration in regard to this event. Their creation of a device where students (read: women) can make anonymous rape complaints (against men), a dicey proposition to say the least, was taken up somewhat under duress.’
In order to support the actions of the Manosphere I suppose he has to admit that there are no male rape victims at Occidental. This is another case of contradiction that is inherent in Paul Elam and the Manosphere. He gives the poor college sympathy because well, the feminists made them do it. Those evil feminists who are trying to help rape victims are screwing it all up!
Occidental has been under fire for years regarding their lackadaisical handling of sexual assault on campus. Students formed a group to combat the problem and openly wrote about their stories. One woman, who didn’t report her rapist, wrote:
‘I had watched multiple friends go through the Oxy system, and get totally chewed up by it, with no resolution at the end. A close friend was told she was making it up because she didn’t have enough bruises and physical damage.’
Another woman writes about going through the Oxy system after she was raped:
‘During the hearing I listened to him lie about the evening. He called me a liar and said I threw myself at him. He argued that I gave physical consent and described how I “spread my legs.” He left out the part where I shouted “no.” The panel found him responsible for raping me. He was given a one-semester suspension, 10 hours community service, and a book report. He appealed this decision with a letter full of more lies and excuses. His appeal had no standing, but his punishment was changed to 50 hours community service and a book report. No more suspension. He was still guilty of raping me, but he did not have to spend a day off this campus. I asked the administrator in charge of appeals why they made this change, and they said they could not remember the details. (Maybe it had something to do with the giant lawsuit his family was pressing against the school???)’
Some of these stories go back into the early 80’s and reading them there is no doubt that the college has an extensive problem. Designing a confidential anonymous reporting system that wouldn’t result in any prosecution is the latest step taken by the college and it’s that system that got the Manosphere in a huff. Paul writes:
‘It would also help that those feminists could possibly be able to control the number of reported sex crimes by manipulating the system themselves.’
It’s this kind of twisted conspiracy thinking that makes one wonder what planet Paul is living on. I suppose the male reports of sexual assault are real and the female reports are false? Is that how it works on Planet Paul? He continues:
‘What we actually have now, sitting squarely on our metaphorical table next to that horrific reporting system, is a network of Star Chambers driven by hysterics and ideology’
Many have pointed out the hypocrisy in filing over 400 false reports. The Men’s rights community think false rape reports are hiding behind every rape claim so why would they file false reports? Many have stated they wanted to ‘break’ the system because they thought it was faulty and that men on campus would be charged. The college declared the reporting system wouldn’t result in any prosecution. It’s just a data collection system. It seems MRA’s forgot about male victims who don’t go to the police and who would be more likely to use this form.
The recent antics by the Manosphere is yet another example of what Michael Kimmel calls ‘aggrieved entitlement.’ It’s about lashing out in rage at some perceived threat. Kimmel defines it:
‘a sense of using violence against others, making others hurt as you, yourself, might hurt. Aggrieved entitlement inspires revenge against those who have wronged you; it is the compensation for humiliation. Humiliation is emasculation: humiliate someone and you take away his manhood. For many men, humiliation must be avenged, or you cease to be a man. Aggrieved entitlement is a gendered emotion, a fusion of that humiliating loss of manhood and the moral obligation and entitlement to get it back. And its gender is masculine.
Paul Elam can continue to blame feminists for his own actions. Nobody’s buying it. He will continue to use his humiliation (probably at being fired from his old job as a counselor because of his woman hatred) to justify his revenge seeking. His latest attempt to wash his hands of this mess has done nothing to absolve him and his buddies. He’s actually proud of it.
In a final strange twist of narcissism, a Voice for Menner reframes the entire fiasco into martyrdom:
‘This is an act of civil disobedience in the same vein as Gandhi and Luther King.’
Somehow, I don’t think they would agree.
Other Links Related to Occidental College and Rape: