Something extraordinary happened in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation battle; that being the mainstreaming of MRA (Men’s Rights Activist) talk and concern about men being unfairly attacked for their sexual behavior towards women or outright being falsely accused by a woman over some kind of sexual offense. This is something that MRAs have been complaining loudly about for years and years but all of a sudden after Brett Kavanaugh was attacked for supposed sexual crimes decades in the past many mainstream voices on the right started sounding exactly like MRAs seeking to defend men from unfair sexual accusations made against them by women.
A caller to the Rush Limbaugh show (Michael in Sterling, Virginia; September 28, 2018) asked Rush:
“Look, obviously this whole hearing is playing into the popular narrative of Republicans equal anti-woman party. I can’t help but wonder if and when there will be a tipping point with these miscarriages of justice, ultimately the narrative shifts to Democrats becoming the anti-man party.”
Democrats as the anti-man party, indeed.
During that same segment of the Rush Limbaugh show Stephanie in Savannah, Georgia called in to say:
“Just watching was so discouraging because it breaks my heart that for my boys, even if they do live an upstanding life, that because they’re males, they can be brought down and their lives be ruined if just one female brings an accusation against them.
Just because they’re female, they deserve to be believed, apparently. So I just felt bad for Judge Kavanaugh’s parents and for his mom sitting there having to listen to her son defend himself — and his kids — and prove to the whole nation that he’s not a sexual predator. So it just breaks my heart for her. It breaks my heart that nobody has the backs of our boys anymore.”
Rod Dreher, a prominent Christian Conservative highly critical of Trump, said in a column on October 5, 2018:
“But — and I ask this honestly — what other conclusion is there to be drawn when so much of the opposition to Kavanaugh has been stated in explicitly racist, sexist terms? The “privilege” that the Left uses to abominate Kavanaugh is, in their worldview, a function of his race and his sex. I don’t know Brett Kavanaugh and I had no interest in his nomination, but watching what progressive leaders in politics, law, and media have done to him, in terms of turning him into a demon and denying him the presumption of innocence, has been a constant drumbeat of: if they’ll do it to him, they’ll do it to you and your sons, because you are members of the hated class.”
Even the President himself, Donald Trump, said on October 2, 2018:
“Well, I say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. This is a very, very – this is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. It really does. You could be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody say – but somebody could accuse you of something, and you’re automatically guilty. But in this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now.”
With the #MeToo movement raging it is definitely a scary time to be a man, particularly a liberal prominent man. Brett Kavanaugh made it onto the Supreme Court despite the accusations against him being sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on October 6, 2018. Many prominent liberal men have not been so lucky. Interestingly, it is liberal feminist men who have been hurt the most by #MeToo accusations of sexual misconduct. There are psychological explanations that liberal feminist men are losers with women, hence their degrading pandering claiming to be an “ally” of women to try to get approval from women somehow, but because these men are weak and awkward with women they need to resort to manipulative and dirty tactics to “score” with women at all. Another factor that needs to be considered is that a liberal feminist man has no defense at all against a sexual accusation made against him because ideologically speaking the woman must be believed whatever the woman says so a liberal environment is an easy context for a woman to attack a man. Conservative men however defend themselves when attacked and so are not easy targets and other conservative men and women will come to the defense of a conservative man being attacked.
To see the issue of false and unfair accusations against men being given such prominence is quite a thing to see. Instead of false accusations against men being a fringe issue only talked about by “woman hating” MRAs now with the attack on Kavanaugh the issue has become completely mainstream among those on the political right; this certainly in large part being a reaction against the #MeToo movement that launched on October 15, 2017 likely largely in response to the election of Donald Trump as President on November 8, 2016.
Feminist women felt disempowered by the election of Donald Trump. Donald Trump denied Hillary Clinton, the otherwise first female president of the United States, the presidency. He also faced different sexual scandals and sexual accusations against him; he won the presidency anyways. Even on the campaign trail running for president he made some men’s rights friendly remarks. There was something “new” and unsettling about Donald Trump. He was a man’s man, openly sexist and insulting in some of his comments directed towards women, he was braggadocious about his sexual power with women, he had a model much younger wife. Trump exhibited a kind of in your face unrestrained masculine triumphalism and won the presidency for it. Feminist college educated women were not happy about this.
The first feminist activist impulse in reaction to the election of Donald Trump was the massive Women’s March on January 21, 2017 the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Yes folks, the Women’s March was massive.
Then you had the #MeToo movement launch on October 15, 2017. This being a vehicle for women to assert power against men by making sexual misconduct allegations against men. A large number of prominent liberal feminist men having fallen due to #MeToo sexual misconduct allegations.
Of course there is the entirely predictable consequence of #MeToo inspired sexual harassment paranoia of men not wanting to be alone with women or mentor women at work. As The Star reports in its August 2, 2018 article “Women locked out of old boys’ club in misguided #MeToo backlash”:
“A lawyer is asked whether a male executive should leave the door open when meeting with a woman.
A consultant’s longtime male client will only take a meeting with her if someone else is in the room.
A public relations executive hears from senior business leaders who say they are shying away from mentoring young women.
. . .
Still, women in business say they are facing a resulting “chilling effect” on their relationships with male colleagues and supervisors.
They reported a noticeable decline in invitations to meetings, business trips and dinners — gatherings considered invaluable for career advancement.
More importantly, they added, senior executives are increasingly hesitant to mentor female employees.”
Female empowerment through sexual accusations against men got started in 1991 I would say when Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio was the first college to adopt the affirmative consent “yes means yes” policy; more technically labeled the Sexual Offense Prevention Policy or SOPP. The Clarence Thomas hearings where Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment also happened in 1991. In the early 1990s there was a huge wave of feminist activism on college campuses promoting rape hysteria. 1992 then saw the “Year of the Woman” when the number of female representatives in Congress jumped sharply from 28 to 47 in the House and from 4 to 7 in the Senate due to the 1992 November election. Among Republicans females went from 1 to 2 in the Senate and from 9 to 12 in the House; among Democrats females went from 3 to 5 in the Senate and from 19 to 35 in the House. The Violence Against Women Act or VAWA was then passed in 1994.
MRAs did a lot of complaining about false rape accusations and against VAWA in particular when I first discovered MRAs about 10 years ago so it is reasonable to conclude that the MRA movement was to a large extent based on a backlash against a lot of the feminist “progress” that got accomplished in the early 1990s based on the weaponization of sexual accusations against men.
Now Donald Trump is president, the Supreme Court has a solid conservative majority thanks to Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed, and now we have the #MeToo movement to contend with. Some certain important MRA ideas also now seem to be going mainstream at least on the conservative side of things.
I wonder, are sexual accusations against men still going to pay off going forward? It is liberal feminist men who are the biggest victims of #MeToo so far.