28 November 2011

Don’t Trust, Verify

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal offers insight as to why it is not very wise to trust women, particularly those who are poor, who make accusations against rich and famous men:

Disgraced ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer on Friday suggested that a political plot could have been behind sex assault charges that brought down his client.
Washington attorney William Taylor referred to an upcoming investigative article in the New York Review of Books as evidence that the then powerful French politician may have been derailed, just as he was preparing to run against French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
"We cannot now exclude the likelihood that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the target of a deliberate effort to destroy him as a political force," Taylor said in a statement.

I’ve learned that it’s best to assume that anything any given woman says is either irrelevant or false.*  It saves a lot of heartache and confusion later on.

In DSK’s case, it’s ludicrous how so many people rushed to condemn him in spite of the facts that a) the accuser would have a strong incentive to lie,** b) the accuser is a known liar, c) DSK made for a good political target, and d) there were no direct eyewitnesses to the event.  Granted, it helped that DSK made for such an easy target, in that he would be easy to hate, due primarily to being a bankster at the IMF during a time of global financial crises.  Nonetheless, that anyone would even give Nafissatou Diallo the time of day is simply appalling.

If DSK is eventually proven innocent in this whole matter, this will simply reinforce how problematic the dual forces of feminism and social conservatism have become in shaping the media narratives that generally accompany accusations of not only rape, but sexual misconduct in general.  Feminists, of course, use sex as a political weapon, so it’s easy to understand why they always rush to vilify men when given the opportunity.  (In fairness, there are some specific men, Like Arohn Kee who deserve vilification.)  Social conservatives, on the other hand, seem hell-bent on viewing women as the pure, or worse yet, holy sex, and therefore it is imperative that women be regarded as bastions of morality.

Of course, the simple fact of the matter is that most women, like most men, are quite capable of committing evil.  (Feminists gloss over this fact for political reasons; social conservatives for theological reasons)  Men will lie, cheat, steal, and murder their way to power, fame, and wealth, if given the opportunity.  So will women.  As such, it is prudent to trust neither sex wholeheartedly, or at all.  Especially women.

*For those who are obtuse:  This is a general statement.  Although it should generally go without saying, not all women are shallow and/or liars.  In fact, I know a few women who are generally honest and wise.  As such, I do not dismiss them out of hand whenever they say something to me.  It should be noted, though, that the women I trust have earned that trust.  Some random girl on the telly accusing a powerful guy of raping her is not a girl who has earned my trust.

** She was poor, and thus susceptible to bribery.

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