Ms Magazine No Longer Talking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn

July 5, 2011

Gee, I wonder why that is?

It’s not like Ms. Magazine to be so quiet about about a sexual-assault case.

Do you suppose it has something to do with the new revelation that the maid was not quite the victim they had made her out to be? Previous to this, they couldn’t get enough of this story. Angry rape survivors were pushing each other out of the way to get a chance to throw stones at the man they were sure was guilty as sin:

… I do not see anything different in the way the barbaric media handles the case. The attorney for this poor rape victim have to keep saying to the press, she is not lying, she is of good character but the rapist is always assumed to be of good character. Nothing is changed. They are still claiming this has to be a conspiracy and you cannot even find articles calling out men for the barbaric rape victim shaming the way there were some articles calling out men with the Lara Logan case…

… I mean just google feminist on IMF rape case and you have a few articles claiming Strauss-Kahn is a victim of false rape charge and that the feminist media is the reason why he is being charged. Feminist media, my ass more like misogynist media still claiming conspiracy and asking about the integrity of the rape vicitm. Men still accuse rape victims of lying…

Funny how she assumed the maid was “of good character”. Well, it turns out the maid is not as pure and wholesome as most survivors assumed. The outraged woman above is now nowhere to be found. She has run out of outrage. It never occurred to this angry woman that the maid was trying to shake down DSK. In fact, she was upset at the mere mention of such a suggestion.

So what can we learn from this recent turn of events?

For one, never rush to judgment. Especially, when a person’s reputation is at stake. Never assume guilt because the accused has a higher social standing or just happens to be a man. And never assume that accusations are true unless you are 100% certain of guilt. Thank god the justice system is not run by angry rape survivors or all the men of the world would be locked up behind bars.

Ms. Magazine led the rush to find DSK guilty. In fact, Stephanie Hallett of Ms. Mag applauded the swift action. And now they have mud on their faces. But rather than have the courage and decency to admit they were a little too trigger happy, they remain silent. Suppressing their shame is a tradition in survivor circles. But in doing so they have revealed a secret agenda. One that means to push forth the notion of “rape culture” and condemn men as natural-born rapists.

It seems Ms mag’s writers are trying to re-write their own personal stories. And they are willing to throw anyone under the bus to achieve this goal. It’s a shame because I once thought feminism was about fighting for all women. But it seems lately they are in the habit of fighting for questionable women with questionable accusations.  They are in the habit of exploiting stories of sexual assault as a means to prove that men are untrustworthy. But in their rush to prosecute, have they proven that they are the ones who are untrustworthy?

5 Responses to “Ms Magazine No Longer Talking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn”

  1. Are you suggesting that, to quote your article, “the maid was trying to shake down DSK?”

    You might want to follow your own advice. The only publication I’m aware of that blatantly makes that claim is the New York Post. The absence of reputable news organizations to join them in that claim is becoming conspicuous.

    • savorydish said

      Well Charles,
      How would you interpret this phone call?

      “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” she told a boyfriend on the phone, according to one law-enforcement official.
      (The boyfriend was in an immigration jail in Arizona; she spoke in Fulani, which took a while to translate.) – Globe and Mail

      Unlike Ms Magazine, I’m not posing as a credible news source. But if cautious journalism is the banner that you’re waiving, why not shake the trees over at Ms. magazine?

  2. savorydish said

    The point is nobody knows what happened that fateful day, except the maid and DSK.

    Am I saying I think DSK is innocent? No. Clearly he’s had a shady past. That past has caught up with him.

    Am I saying the maid is guilty? No, but the new evidence seems to suggest she was motivated by money.

    As in most questionable cases of sexual assault both parties demonstrate questionable behavior. Both have questionable pasts. These people always seem to be at the center of any drama.

    I have no desire to implicate anyone in a crime. I’m just raising awareness about personality disorders. And both these characters display some recognizable patterns.

    I just wish Ms Magazine were more honest about its practices.

  3. savorydish said

    For the record, I support feminism as it pertains to equal rights and female empowerment. What I don’t support is blatant misandry. I don’t support untreated survivors blaming the world for their chaos-filled lives.

    Feminist ideals have been warped by people who are dealing with serious psychological issues. Trauma-related issues. Trauma that has been largely ignored and therefore has resulted in a culture of untreated and irrational rage. And they are spreading this rage through the internet.

    Ms Magazine is in a position to bring attention to trauma-related disorders. But instead it sidesteps the issues. It has even, on occasion, suppressed the truth about trauma-related disorders. The writers and editors at Ms write weekly articles about rape, but they have yet to address the effects of such a traumatic event. WHY???

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