Romancing: Links to Related Material

In reading about all this, I keep finding articles and web sites that are interesting and at least to some extent related to all this. This will be an ongoing effort to collect them. I won’t apologize for including the occasional link to my own blog.


I am politically very liberal, and tend to rarely agree with stuff coming from Reason, which is voice of Libertarian politics. However, occasionally, I find myself in that position, and this is one of those times. In an article entitled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” Cathy Young addresses the problem of alleged sexual assault on college campuses.

Much of this reaction was well-intentioned. Yet in the end rape-culture feminism promotes not only a toxic view of relationships but a skewed and dangerous view of justice. Its key tenets: 1) Women almost never lie when they report a sex crime, and to doubt them is to perpetuate rape culture; 2) rape is any sexual act in which the woman feels violated-unless she suffers from false consciousness and needs to be educated about her violation; 3) rape includes situations in which the woman agrees to sex because of persistent advances, “emotional coercion,” or intoxication-or because she doesn’t have the nerve to say no; 4) no matter how willing the woman appears to be, it is the man’s responsibility to ensure explicit consent-or he may be guilty of rape.

Professional Victim

A pretty sorry side effect of all this is that I know citing Dwayne Walker’s blog will result in accusations of conspiracy. So be it. Think whatever you like.

A few might be critical of this new path saying I should concentrate on the first abusers. However, as I see more and more ‘advocates’ utilizing the same techniques as those who cover up the deeds of the first abusers, it’s only a matter of time before a major scandal hits and reveals that so-called survivors are just as guilty of covering up the dirt as those fundamentalists they have accused.

The Lying Disease

This schmucky feeling is a byproduct of the internet. Our natural bullshit detectors are muted online; we can’t rely on facial expressions and other physical cues for sensing lies, and studies suggest that without those cues, we’re prone to generously fill in the blanks.

Cienna Madrid, from The Lying Disease

Are there emotional no-go areas where logic dare not show its face?

Are there kingdoms of emotion where logic is taboo, dare not show its face, zones where reason is too intimidated to speak?

It is utterly deplorable that there are people, including in our atheist community, who suffer rape threats because of things they have said. And it is also deplorable that there are many people in the same atheist community who are literally afraid to think and speak freely, afraid to raise even hypothetical questions such as those I have mentioned in this article. They are afraid – and I promise you I am not exaggerating – of witch-hunts: hunts for latter day blasphemers by latter day Inquisitions and latter day incarnations of Orwell’s Thought Police.

Richard Dawkins

Followup short piece

Crying Rape

Our focus on getting justice for women who are sexually assaulted is necessary and right. We are still far from the day when every woman who makes a rape accusation gets a proper police investigation and a fair hearing. But seeking justice for female victims should make us more sensitive, not less, to justice for unfairly accused men.

Cathy Young

The New Yorker

An excellent overview of the foibles of memory, and how inaccurate it can be.

R. T. was far from alone in her misplaced confidence. When the psychologists rated the accuracy of the students’ recollections for things like where they were and what they were doing, the average student scored less than three on a scale of seven. A quarter scored zero. But when the students were asked about their confidence levels, with five being the highest, they averaged 4.17. Their memories were vivid, clear—and wrong. There was no relationship at all between confidence and accuracy.

Maria Konnikova



3 thoughts on “Romancing: Links to Related Material”

  1. I always liked Walker’s blog. In a sense, he was one of my first breakthrough reads. Even though as an IFB I had every reason not to like or trust what he was saying, the more I read I just plain liked the guy, warts and all.

    Another brick in my yellow brick road was hearing about Bob Gray. I had accepted that Hyles was malignant and that John R. Rice went along to get along, especially as he got older, and I’d accepted that Curtis Huston was willing to compromise on the KJV issue, but I’d always believed that Bob Gray (and Lee Robertson) were two of the good ones, if the only two.

    Then I watched TV spots of his victims being interviewed and read the testimonies of people who had been on staff, and that was it for me.

    I never trusted another big IFB (or small one), even though I attend one. (This church doesn’t really fall in any historical IFB camps, they just went IFB because the SBC was so corrupt.)


  2. I always liked Walker’s blog.

    Dwayne and I butted heads a bit, but I pretty much butt heads with everyone sooner or later. We’ve remained friends over the years. He calls it like he sees and I respect that.

    Once I figured out the entire religion was a sham, the rest wasn’t much of a problem for me.


  3. I’m still keeping the faith, but I don’t trust too many preachers.

    Just one actually, and I’m not near his church or I’d go there. They guy is so humble you’d think he was the janitor.


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