So male culture is now to blame…

….for gang rape, apparently…

The ingredients for tragedy all were present, experts say. A bunch of men. A vulnerable young woman. Alcohol.
What happened next, authorities say, degenerated into a two-hour-long gang rape by as many as 10 males. Another 20 people allegedly watched as the victim was assaulted, beaten bloody and robbed of her jewelry but they did not stop it or call police.

“Everybody was asking why did this happen?” said Peggy Reeves Sanday, a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist who has written extensively about gang rape. “It’s very clear if you look at the male culture and the bonding culture of young males and the adventure and bravado of a social situation.”

Wow, who knew such naked bigotry disguised as legitimate scientific observation would make it into a newspaper story like this one? Honestly. Can you imagine the outcry if Ms. Sanday had said something such as, “It’s very clear if you look at the black culture and the bonding culture of young blacks”? I know well that anecdote is not the plural of data, but my buddies and I never did anything like this when we were plied with alcohol. And I very seriously doubt we are the exception here.

This sort of thing reminds me of a discussion I had with my darling Sabra not long ago. If I remember correctly, I had suggested she study anthropology; she recoiled at the suggestion, saying that the field was permeated with moral relativism, as part of being a scientist was being able to make observations free of any kind of judgment or personal bias. Sounds good in theory, but in the practice of anthropology, this sort of thing means you can’t call out things like this as the barbaric practices they are. After she pointed that out to me, I saw exactly where she was coming from. And the flip side of that is what we see here, that is, that you can get away with smearing entire races and even genders if you do it under the guise of scientific observation. It’ll be interesting to see who else picks up on what this particular anthropologist said.

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One Response to “So male culture is now to blame…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    obG (68.165.199.189)
    Sounds like more bullshit from the “everything bad in the world is because of men” school; when I was growing up stuff like that didn’t happen like it does now. If there is some sort of “bonding culture of young males” then it is a recent development in our culture, and not from the conservative section of the population.
    November 18, 2009, 9:22:57 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Sabra (209.184.113.99)
    Yeah, you stole the comment I was going to make, baby!

    I would go so far as to say, however, that not only is this not emblematic of “the culture of young males”, the reaction to it may well be emblematic of the shit we have to deal with when we marginalize young men. We’ve spent so long, as a society, attempting to knock down a nonexistent patriarchy, that we have abandoned at least two generations of boys to the wolves, as it were.

    I could also go into a dissertation on bystander apathy, but I’m supposed to be typing up critiques for creative writing…
    November 18, 2009, 10:24:01 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    totwtytr (24.34.8.236)
    I wonder if Ms. Sanday would go so far as to say it’s all males or just males of certain ethnic backgrounds? Because I’m guessing that in the end, no white males are going to be arrested in connection with this crime. In fact, I’d be willing to bet on it.

    As always, we find out who the real racists are.
    November 18, 2009, 2:32:47 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Borepatch (173.48.134.243)
    Anthropology has essentially been destroyed as a science by postmodernism. Can’t look at any topic except from a power structure perspective.
    November 18, 2009, 5:56:09 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    the pistolero (75.106.49.181)
    Sounds like more bullshit from the “everything bad in the world is because of men” school…

    I would go so far as to say, however, that not only is this not emblematic of “the culture of young males”, the reaction to it may well be emblematic of the shit we have to deal with when we marginalize young men.

    Yep, that’s exactly what I was thinking as well. Not only that, but I’d say it’s also what happens when parents don’t take an active interest in their sons’ lives, give them direction or instill ethics in them.
    November 18, 2009, 5:58:02 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Sabra (66.69.88.111)
    Because I’m guessing that in the end, no white males are going to be arrested in connection with this crime.

    Yeah, so would I. But why bother addressing problems within the black community when it’s so much easier to blame it all on white folks & call for more government programs? And you know as well as I do that whites, especially, can’t say things like that, or we will be called racist.

    Not only that, but I’d say it’s also what happens when parents don’t take an active interest in their sons’ lives, give them direction or instill ethics in them.

    Absolutely. It’s a microcosm of what happens when you expect someone else to do it all for you, when the only thing you teach your kids is that others owe them–this girl, unfortunately, ‘owed’ them gratification. Remember our discussion of Kant’s categorical imperative?

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