Ms. Blogger Unwittingly Proves False Accusations are Real

May 1, 2011

Ms. blogger Stephanie Hallett is at it again. Still trying to prove that false accusations of rape are a myth. Like unicorns and fairies. How does she do this? By making false accusations herself. More specifically accusing the NY Times of “putting an alleged rape victim on trial”. On trial? Yes, according to Ms. Hallett reporting the circumstances of the case is equivalent to burning a woman at the stake. Ms Hallett was particularly irked by this statement:

Still, the prosecution’s case may rely heavily on the credibility of a woman who was admittedly drunk at the time she says she was sexually assaulted, and cannot recall large portions of the evening.

How dare they suggest that a drunk woman’s testimony is shaky at best? A woman who could not recall a large portion of the evening but seems to recall being raped. How dare they report the truth? Now, I’m not saying the alleged rapists are innocent. Their behavior is also highly suspect. But the NY Times does a pretty good job of portraying shadiness on both sides. That’s what a newspaper is suppose to do- report the whole story.

But Ms. Magazine and their band of angry survivors seem to think that alleged victims of rape should be treated with kid gloves. They can only be portrayed as sweet and innocent victims. And any doubt should be left out of the reporting.

Even feminist writer, Libby Copeland, called Ms. Hallett on her bullshit:

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, a writer is trying to arguepoorly, I think—that the New York Timesrecent coverage of the so-called “rape cops” trial is yet more evidence of the newspaper’s habit of “blaming the victim” in rape cases…

…The Ms. blogger suggests that the Times story amounts to “the media … sending women the message that a drunk victim can’t really be raped.” That’s not what’s going on here. Rather, there are a whole mess of reasons why rape may be hard to prove in a court of law. The victim being drunk might be one of them. That’s infuriating. But it’s not the fault of the New York Times.

A drunk woman can be raped and is more likely to be raped. But what the NY Times has reported is the fact that when alcohol is involved, it makes it harder to prosecute. Why is that so hard for the writers at Ms. to understand? I’ve read the article and I see no evidence of the NY Times “blaming the victim”.

But Ms. Magazine is so convinced that the NY Times is wrong, they have asked their readers to sign a petition to bully the NY Times into submission. The irony here is that they are trying to change the perception of rape accusers. But by making the NY Times their scapegoat, they have only proven that false accusations are easily made.

And they are made for the same reason that Stephanie Hallett has demonstrated- to lash out as an expression of great pain and sadness. To make someone responsible for the shame they feel so deeply. Someone other than themselves. It is this transfer of shame that is the basis of false accusations.

Ms. Hallett has demonstrated the hyper-sensitivity that would make someone assume they’ve been victimized when clearly they have not. This is a desperate call for sympathy. She is begging others to acknowledge pain that has yet to be acknowledged. She is dealing with her own feelings of guilt with outrage. But she has also demonstrated the black and white thinking that would make someone assume malicious intent on the part of someone who is just doing his/her job. Ultimately, she has shown how irrational thinking and self-victimization can lead to false accusations.

13 Responses to “Ms. Blogger Unwittingly Proves False Accusations are Real”

  1. savorydish said

    Once again Ms Hallett is resorting to exploiting people’s personal tragedies for her own personal agenda. http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/05/01/lara-logan-wasnt-raped/

  2. savorydish said

    Ms Hallett’s crusade is an example of what psychologist call “injustice collecting”. And this leads to anger, especially misplaced anger.

  3. savorydish said

    Blacking out is a sign of alcoholism. And alcoholism is a sign of childhood trauma. Victims of childhood abuse have poor boundaries and gravitate towards/attract dysfunctional people. Unfortunately, the factors that make them vulnerable to rape also make false accusations likely.

    • savorydish said

      But you will never see these facts in Ms. magazine.

    • savorydish said

      Regardless of whether the accusations are true or false- the fact remains- predators prey on women who are not in control of their own bodies. Is it fair? is it right? No. But you can not change the facts with indignation. Ms magazine has yet to address the issues of alcoholism and personality disorders. By doing so, they are insuring that rape and false-accusations of rape will continue.

  4. savorydish said

    If you think Ms. magazine should start telling the whole story, write to the editor.

    letterstotheeditor@msmagazine.com

  5. savorydish said

    I think Ms. Hallett should write about her own emotional struggles. To inspire her, I have included a quote by our dear Garland:

    I’ve been meaning to say things, but then I decided it was better to be reflective about them. Instead of projective or afflictive.

  6. savorydish said

    The people who make false accusations of rape are the same people who make false accusations of abuse, false accusations of infidelity. False accusations are a product of a mind that is clouded with troubled emotions. These are people who are crying out for help, but in the worst way possible.

  7. savorydish said

    A borderline with histrionic tendencies is desperate for attention. You will see it in everything they do. Exaggerations are not uncommon because everything they do is for dramatic effect. “Look at me!” “Feel sorry for me!!!”

    But they are also lashing out.Turning their pain inside-out. These are people who have been hurting since birth. With this in mind, it isn’t hard to see how a NY Times article could turn into “putting a victim on trial” or how a night of drunken sex could turn into false accusations of rape.

  8. savorydish said

    The victim-victimizer model does not work, because it fails to acknowledge that both parties are dysfunctional in their own way. It fails to acknowledge that “victims” have a history of victimizing others as well as a history of being victimized.

    The same goes for predators. Go back into their past and you would be certain to find out they were abused as children. Sadly, victims of child abuse (in all its forms)are compelled to repeat the past and perpetuate the cycle of abuse.

    • savorydish said

      These are facts the shady people at Ms magazine don’t want you to know. Try posting facts like this in the comment section. These are people who are stuck in a state of victimhood. They are in collective denial. Worse yet, they are encouraging others to embrace victimhood. Real and imagined. This is not a gender issue. It is a mental health issue.

  9. savorydish said

    This is a from an article educating nurses on how to handle borderlines:

    Shy away from the victim mentality. Most folks of BPD WERE victims at one time. That is not the problem, however. The problem is that the BPD derives benefits in remaining a victim…and will fight tooth and nail to remain one. Lots of rewards, lots of power, lots of attention are won by it.

  10. savorydish said

    Ms magazine allows a commenter to threaten castration, but deletes comments about BPD. Interesting.
    http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/05/01/lara-logan-wasnt-raped/#respond

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