Another pointed out that the belief of women's weakness and vulnerability might be the part of the reason women are victimized less, implying that even if its untrue, maybe we should encourage people to keep believing it since the effect is (presumably) less violence overall.
Well, for one, like it says in the header at the top of the page, I believe truth is inherently valuable.
But aside from that, there's a bunch of specific reasons.
The central one is this:
It seems like it is more important to people to support the ideological narrative they have accepted than it is to create better outcomes in the real world.
- In discussions several women have said that fighting back would be pointless, because the strength difference between them and their boyfriend or lover is so large.
This makes me really really fucking angry at every rape activist and counselor and everyone else who has promoted false information for the sake of promoting ideology.
The actual research shows consistently that it doesn't matter if the victim is able to physically overpower the attacker. The mere fact of attempting to physically resist is alone almost always enough to stop rape from occurring.
But this reality conflicts with the story people want to believe about rape being about power and domination and not access to sexual gratification.
This reality makes it more challenging to support the idea that lack of physical resistance isn't consent. That idea is totally valid! A woman shouldn't "have to" fight back; if she says "no", and he continues, its rape.
However, in the desire to protect the feelings of people who have already been victimized ("its not your fault just because you didn't fight back") everyone down plays the effectiveness of fighting back - which means there will be MORE victims!
Why are we more concerned with protecting woman's feelings and chances of prosecution after the fact than we are with preventing rape from occurring in the first place?
- The same goes for all forms of female victimization or submission by males. The more we teach people that men are inherently stronger than women, or that women are naturally submissive, the more predatory men assume women to be easy targets, and the more likely women are to act out learned helplessness and accept it.
- The message that men should not commit violence against women implicitly sends the message that violence in general is ok. We should be sending the message that violence is never ok. It doesn't matter who the victim is.
- Intoxicated consent laws make it so that not only does "no" mean no, but "yes" also means no, but only sometimes. And it is up to men to decide when that is. Women aren't to be trusted to know how drunk they are, but men can tell for them. Because, you know, men don't have enough power over women already. We also need to make it law that only men can decide when women shouldn't have sex - for their own good, of course.
-In one of the discussions on my first post on cultural dimorphism, a woman who had insisted at first that not only did she not think women were weak, she saw no evidence that anyone did, online or in real life - eventually went on the defend the gender based draft on the grounds that (some specific individual) men are stronger than (some specific individual) women.
- Our way of viewing gender and race emphasizes differences. Far more than actually exist. Those expectations we have then go on to influence our behavior, which cause those imaginary differences to manifest.
- Our obsessing over what we imagine to be grand categorical differences in how we are treated creates the differences we complain about.
- As I wrote at the bottom of my last post, perpetuating the myth of Blacks oppressed by cops leads to a self-fulfilling prophesy that makes it more likely Blacks get shot by cops.
- The stuff that outrages everyone is almost always a distraction from real issues. The energy we spend on stupid stuff could be spent, say, working toward making HeadStart universal, or making laws that say employees are entitled to the profit their own labor generates.