Archive for February, 2011

Time for Psychologists to Study Men

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Crisis of masculinity?

More progress

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Just a quick note to say that I’ve been on national television again. Twice.

Last week I was on the same show as in December, and yesterday I was on a different network for the first time (links are here and here, but I cannot guarantee that they work around the world).

All appearances have given me significant airtime to speak about important men’s issues (well, I’ve claimed the airtime), so I’m very happy with these opportunities.

Today I also had an article published in Sweden’s largest newspaper.

As you all know I don’t update this blog nearly as much as I’d like to, but you can take some comfort in the fact that my focus on writing in Swedish is starting to pay off.

My goal is to have Sweden be the first country to reach a new paradigm on gender issues; one that includes men’s issues. That would be fitting, since no country (with the possible exception of Norway) has been as deep in the misandric gender mud as we have.

Rape victim or rape accuser?

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

A state legislator in Georgia has suggested that the term “rape victim” be changed to “rape accuser”, unless there has been a conviction.

The Huffington Post article on the matter displays a subtle outrage at this suggestion, by focusing on how many rapes are never reported and what this suggestion might do to deter even more victims.

I believe that the Huffington Post are wrong, and that they are completely unaware of what the real issue is here.

Women (or men) that are raped will not be affected negatively by changing the term in the proposed way. In fact, being the accuser is a position of action – you could even say strength – and that is very much a desired position within the judicial system. If you have been raped, you need all the strength and all the help you can get to pull through the ordeal that a trial can be.

The ones who may have a hard time with the proposed changes are false accusers. If you haven’t been raped, but plan to level a false accusation, being labeled the accuser might make you think twice about what you are doing. You may face charges for what you are doing, and this clarity may help deter women (and men) who never were raped.

However, the real issue here is not the proportion of rapes that are reported, nor is it the number of rape accusations that are actually false. The real issue is that if we (judicially) refer to a person as a rape victim, then we must have a perpetrator. This means that simply being accused puts you in the role of the perpetrator! The presumption of innocence holds that anyone is innocent until proven guilty, and this assumption is eroded by using the term rape victim before there has been a conviction.

The suggestion coming out of Georgia is a sound one, even if the Huffington Post is unable to tease apart the important perspectives.