The UVA rape story is being used to beat and abuse white men
Judith Levine on the culture of using racism and bigotry to attack anyone who seeks evidence of a rape:
Just before Thanksgiving, Richard Bradley sensed something was wrong with the story inR olling Stone of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. On his blog, Bradley, editor-in-chief of Worth magazine, suggested some possible consequential omissions in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s reporting. Why, for instance, was there no response—or even a “no comment”—from any of the alleged offenders?…
Bradley’s questions unsettled Reason staff editor Robby Soave, who had until then taken Erdely’s narrative at face value. Soave followed up. His headline was hyperbolic: “Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?” But the piece was a straightforward skeptical inquiry, which, after all, is Reason’s raison d’être.
This did not go over well in certain feminist circles. It didn’t help that the two skeptics were men.
On Jezebel, Anna Merlan expressed her opinion with characteristic Jezebelian eloquence:“‘Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?’ Asks Idiot” And typically, readers chimed in with gender-baiting:
“But never mind Erdely’s months of work. Two guys who have no idea what they’re talking about don’t believe it. Case closed.”
“Newsflash: Most libertarians are misogynist/racist white men.”
“What an asshole.”
Nice. If you ask for evidence you get abused. You might be an asshole, but at leasty ou;re not the kind of bigot who used a person’s race and gender to attack them. Because of your race and gender you are not allowed to voice an opinion.