Wendy McElroy’s Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women; The Controversial Shriek Heard Around the World


“There is no rape culture,” Wendy McElroy states soon before generalizing and labeling presumably anyone who disagrees with her views of modern feminism as “PC feminists.” Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Both Men and Women focuses on debunking the rape culture myth. “The opposite of rape culture exists in North America. It is a rape culture hysteria… Rape culture is not a real crisis but a manufactured one,” McElroy states. She then introduces her controversial ideologies on rape including disparaging common statistics regarding rape, discussing the ever growing “rape culture hysteria” political figures have provoked in Western culture, and informing the readers about the common dogma surrounding PC feminists and the regressive effects misinterpreted facts have had on society and the law.

McElroy’s most recent book is separated into six distinct, yet, cluttered chapters. Each chapter serves a unique purpose to strengthen her controversial outlook on the “real” issue surrounding sexual assault. McElroy begins her first chapter by dividing feminists into two categories: “Politically Correct Feminists” and “Feminists.” The author embodies an iconoclastic tone when describing PC feminists who are described as those who “appear to acknowledge male victims but [include them] in such a manner as to actually ignore them,” those who have an “explicit enjoyment of male pain,” and lastly, students on campus who primarily side with the alleged victim instead of the accused, specifically during campus-wide protests. The author suggests some issues throughout chapter one, surrounding society’s trust for alleged rape victims; “people assume that women do not or would not lie about rape…and yet people lie all the time.” She then jumps into discussing “the constant mantra of victimization [that] too many women have rooted their identity in their status of victims,” claiming these women want to believe in a rape culture” and therefore it becomes a self-fulfilled prophecy. She then continues by asserting that “rape culture does not exist in North America” and dispelling the 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 rape statistics.

Several of McElroy’s underlying arguments are filled with “what ifs” making even her most supportive arguments theoretical. McElroy’s most compelling “arguments” are, sadly, only opinions. For example, McElroy discussed how skewing questions could discredit a University of North Dakota research, but has lack of evidence to display that these questions were, in fact, skewed. Due to the repetitive nature of her “what if” questions throughout the chapter, a greater volume of the chapter is discredited by her biased opinions.

Overall, the book itself is a gaffe. Within the first few pages of her book, your fight or flight instincts will come into full force driving even the calmest people into a ball of rage. Save yourselves some time and money and read the comments on that old Facebook post your sexist aunt posted instead, similar content should arise.


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