Sunday, May 24, 2009

False Accuser Gets Top Academic Job

There were two main candidates in the recent race to become Oxford University's new Professor of Poetry: Ruth Padel and Derek Walcott. Mr Walcott withdrew after newspapers and academics received anonymous letters accusing him of sexual misconduct over 20 years ago. Ms Padel was given the post. It has now emerged that Padel was responsible for the hate campaign against her rival, and calls are being made for her resignation. Reference.

Apparently Mr Walcott was involved in two sexual harrassment cases in the USA during the 1980s and 1990s. Given the political climate of feminist near-hysteria on campuses in the USA during the 1980s and 1990s, the accusation means nothing without corroborating evidence. It may well be that this man has been a serial victim of false accusations; once you have been accused, your reputation is tainted, so you are more likely to be accused again. It could be that Mr Walcott was falsely accused during the McCarthyist anti-male witch-hunt of the 1980s, and just to add insult to injury, those same false accusations are being used against him now in an attempt to deny him a job. We simply don't know.

What we do know is this:

  • The feminist movement is actively encouraging the use of false accusations against men as a means of destroying men's lives.
  • The rate of false accusations is now so high that any given accusation is not worth the paper it is written on.
  • False accusers generally escape punishment.
  • False accusations damage the interests of genuine victims.

What we also know is that 'Professor' Padel only got her job because she engaged in a sordid smear campaign against the only other candidate.

"It was reported that Ms Padel contacted at least two newspapers during the campaign for the post of Oxford professor of poetry, drawing attention to Mr Walcott’s past.

Mr Walcott, 79, withdrew from the race at what he called a ‘low and degrading attempt at character assassination’.

Labour peer Lord Bragg, who had backed Ms Padel, was said last night to have called for her resignation".

She should be fired at once, and subject to criminal investigation. I hope to see Mr Walcott suing her through the courts for defamation.

For further reading on the sexual harrassment hysteria on US campuses, see the following:

Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women, Christina Hoff Sommers, 1995

Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism, Daphne Patai, 2000

Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies, Daphne Patai & Noretta Koertge, 2003.

What Price Utopia?: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs, Daphne Patai, 2008.

Glenn Sacks interviews Daphne Patai MP3 format

Lynched by the Sisterhood Canadian academic Jeffrey Asher describes how he was persecuted by academic feminists for teaching a course representing men positively

Take Back the Campus: Top 10 Feminist Lies

Why Feminist Careerists Neutered Larry Summers
Unlike most religious fundamentalists, these feminists were pursuing a careerist, self-serving agenda. This cause can put money in their pockets.


BrusselsLout said...

False rape accusations are indeed rife. And how is that? When the government offered impunity to rape accusers, it was the number of baseless accuations that shot up, while the number with sound evidence stayed roughly the same year on year.

Yet it is on accusations that government statistics are based, not on convictions.

I read in a newspaper report a couple of weeks ago that Rape Crisis "estimates" that 23% of women in Britain have been sexually assaulted, and 5% raped. (Here's the same "information" on Rape Crisis' page. It is not clear if Rape Crisis got these figures from a Home Office document, because their link to the latter is currently broken.)

So I decided to do a little arithmetic.

The UK has a population of 60,000,000. That means 30,000,000 are male, about 20,000,000 of which are old enough to commit sexual assault and rape. (It's probably more than that, but 2/3 will do.)

So, in other words, Rape Crisis are telling us (in their "estmate") that nearly 5,000,000 men have committed sexual assault, and around 1,000,000 have committed rape!

Already sounding ridiculous?

Let's look at what arch-prison builder Jack Straw plans to do. He wants to build 4 new prisons, housing 1,500 each. This is presumably to help "solve" our growing crime problem. (And as the government have made signals they want to abolish women's prisons, these new monsters can only be for men.)

But surely this will achieve nothing. With 1,000,000 rapists on the loose, Mr. Straw would need to build another 700 of these prisons just for rape alone! And he would need another 3,500 for sexual assault!

So get your bricks out Jack. What are the planned 4 prisons going to do?

This tells us one of two things. Either:

1. The government do not see rape as a serious crime; or,

2. They don't come even come close to believing their own estimates for rape.

I'd say 2 is the more likely.

Heretic said...

A very interesting point well made.

Porky said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Anonymous said...

False rape accusations,along with orher false accusations regarding violent crime(s) are reaching pandemic proportions here in the U.S.