The Sexual Harassment Panic

June 13, 2013

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The Sexual Harassment Panic

So there I was with my 17-year-old son, showing him how to change a wheel. I share a car with him, and one of the tires had gone flat overnight.

Off with the hubcap, out with the jack. Loosen the lugs before raising the chassis, otherwise the wheel’s just going to turn on you….

Changing wheels is, I told the lad, a basic life skill. I wished I had a dollar for every time I’d done it. Thence I fell into geezer reminiscing.

“I got a flat once on the FDR Drive going into Manhattan. Changed the wheel right there among all the dirt and trash on the 24-inch-wide FDR verge, New York City traffic zipping past my elbow in the rain. I was on my way to meet a girl. When I got there I was all look-at-what-I-did! guy style, pleased with myself because I’d done something difficult, dangerous, and useful. I was like, ‘Hey, Honey, guess what: I got a flat on the FDR and…’ She of course was all let’s-talk-about-us girl style: ‘You’re late! Typical of you!...’ So I’m trying to tell her my story of courage and resourcefulness, and she’s just: ‘You’re late! You don’t really care about me….’”

“Guys have our way of thinking, women have their way.”

My son, who has his own way of getting to the essentials, asked how old the girl was, and the conversation went off on a tangent. I believe I got the main point across, though: Guys have our way of thinking, women have their way. There’s a lot of overlap, of course—I mean, we can both do crossword puzzles and so on—but some key areas of the female brain are wired differently from ours.

This is rank heresy under the reigning dogma of Absolute and Unquestionable Human Equality. Even as you read this I am probably being denounced somewhere by agents of our Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice as an unfit parent and a corrupter of the young.

Whatever: I shall proceed on the understanding that the reigning dogma of A&UHE is a stinking, wormy pile of intellectual dog crap that contradicts all human experience and scientific evidence. Everyone on board with that? Excellent.

So let’s talk about the “sexual harassment” panic that is currently gripping the West. The source of this collective hysteria is of course our society’s detachment from reality, the winds of A&UHE blowing us ever further into the Gulf of Enstupidation.

Far out ahead of our other major institutions in the race to total, metaphysical stupidity about sex differences is the US military. If you doubt this, I refer you to the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. The report is in two parts: Vol. 1 (729 PDF pages) and Vol. 2 (765 pages). To make sense of some sections, however, you’ll need to refer to the 309-page Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA) for the same year.

I realize that 1,803 pages is rather a lot, but the thing comes with a five-page Executive Summary, and you do want to help “establish a military culture free of sexual assault” (page 17), don’t you?

So I’m going to leave you to browse those 1,803 pages for yourself—enjoy!—and to learn such things as (page 23):

Estimates derived from the rates of [Unwanted Sexual Contact] in the 2012 WGRA suggest that there may have been approximately 26,000 Service members who experienced some form of USC in the year prior to being surveyed.

My work here aims to be constructive: to apprise the US military of some true facts that might assist them in pushing back against the USC tsunami:

(1) When you want to get anything done, there is much to be said for institutional segregation by sex. An American friend recently asked me how, in spite of having a not very scholarly temperament, I come across as well-educated. I put it down to having attended an all-boys’ school from my 11th to my 18th birthdays. I really don’t see how teenage boys can learn anything with girls in the classroom.

(2) If healthy young adult males and females are assembled in units dedicated to a common purpose, in sex proportions much different from 50-50, and walled off from the general population, then strong sex-related emotions—notably sexual jealousy—will inevitably manifest themselves, corroding unit effectiveness.

(3) Women are strongly attracted to higher-status men. If male officers are in command of units containing women, human nature is placed under severe strain.

(4) Men who join the military are responding to widespread, innate male urges—the urge to break things and kill people, for example. Women who join the military are, by contrast, outliers in their sex. They are eccentric and prone to behave eccentrically. As a designated victim group, they are especially susceptible to the associated pathologies, e.g., victim hoaxes for attention, spite, or cash reward.

(5) The terms “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” are ambiguous and open to manipulation by unscrupulous lawyers. It is not, for example, the case that sexual intercourse comes in precisely two clearly distinguished varieties, consensual and nonconsensual. There is an entire continuum of consent, ranging from forcible kidnapping/rape, to drunk-and-I-don’t-know-what-I-was-thinking, to licensed connubial bliss. (In this context I once asked a respectably married lady friend whether in her days of premarital freedom she had ever taken a man to bed and regretted it afterwards. She: “Afterwards? How about during?”)

(6) I hate to distract the attention of our senior military brains away from their labors on “Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault” (page 43) toward the distasteful business of fighting wars, but there may be some of that in our future, and it may bear some hard thinking all by itself—if not perhaps 1,803 pages’ worth.


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