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Riddle me this

For those who oppose the men's human rights movement so vehemently as to waste energy every single day with trolling, mudslinging, haranguing, whining, damseling, and drama, I have one very simple, very serious question.

Flaws in the logic of feminist "victim blaming" accusations

The "victim blaming" myth of feminism's "rape culture" theory is based on combining a logical fallacy called affirming the consequent with a type of circular reasoning called Begging the Question . Affirming the consequent is an argument in which the individual assumes that if one factor results from another, it can also be used to prove the other, when one is not discussing bi-conditional factors (either/or) but factors for which there can be variables. Begging the question is an argument based on the assumption that its own conclusion is true.

Begging the question
The link contains extensive discussion. It explains circular reasoning thus:
To beg the question is to assume something that you have no right to assume. What don't you have a right to assume? The conclusion itself, obviously, or any proposition that is just the conclusion stated in different words. Clearly, to use any argument in which the conclusion is also one of the premisses is to reason in a circle: reasoning from the premisses to the conclusion brings you back to where you started.
Feminist "victim blaming" accusations start with two wrongful assumptions.

First, feminists assume that the individual under discussion is a victim (feminists label incidents "rape"  whether their assigned "victim" agrees with them or not). This includes circumstances where the female they want to label "victim" has actively engaged in consensual sex and later regretted it for any reason, even when the "victim" doesn't feel victimized. An example of the practical application of feminist ideological advocacy on this is university responses; my daughter has been taught at her university that any alcohol consumption at all negates a woman's ability to consent to sex. That, when combined with the campus SaVE act, indicates that if a regularly sexually active heterosexual couple has sex after the two of them have each consumed a single drink, and someone (it doesn't have to be the girl) makes a complaint against the guy, he may be considered guilty of rape, expelled from school, and barred from attending other universities in the state. Further, the censure would be reflected on his academic record, and could influence legal proceedings on the matter.

Second, feminists assume that a "victim's" interest in exercising her own agency to control her risk level is automatically unreasonable and therefore a dysfunction. This argument extends to treating anything women do outside of feminist-led organizational advisement as a sign of "self-blame," whether it's an effective means of self-defense or not. These groups protest the idea that women and girls should be encouraged to learn and use self-defense, then obtain government and other grant funding to teach self-defense to recovering victims. Not only is that a conflict of interest (feminist organizations profit from convincing women that they can't defend themselves without feminists' approval,) it's self-contradictory. Either attempting to control one's risk level is always an irrational, dysfunctional response to danger, or it's sometimes not - even if doing so is not under the controlled guidance of feminist ideology. 

With these in mind, feminist "logic" proceeds by labeling women's regret of their own choices preceding or during a sexual encounter "self-blame." Both assumptions are articulated for the purpose of labeling discussion on rape prevention "victim blaming."  One cannot argue in debate that women have the right or responsibility to exercise mindful awareness the same as is expected of men without being accused of victim blaming. One cannot differentiate between an act of contravening a person's right to refuse intimate contact and a sexual encounter that is later regretted by one party or the other without being accused of victim blaming.

Affirming the consequent
The example in the link uses several scenarios. I want to look for a minute at just the first two.

1) If Bill Gates owns Fort Knox, then he is rich.
2) Bill Gates is rich.
3) Therefore, he owns Fort Knox.

The fallacy is obvious in that example. That one is rich isn't necessarily an indication of what specific things one owns. It's simply a measure of one's overall wealth. It's less obvious in the second, as we often "diagnose" ourselves based on past experience. This is a much more common mistake.

1) If I have the flu, then I have a sore throat.
2) I have a sore throat.
3) Therefore, I have the flu.

This often takes the form of "Last time I had symptom X, I was diagnosed with Y. I have symptom X again, so it must be Y again.

As the factors appear more related or the issue becomes more clouded with additional steps (such as past experience) or ideology, it becomes easier for the mind to disguise that mistake as a reasonable course of thought. The flaws in in the "logic" behind feminist claims of victim blaming are similarly clouded by combining two different fallacies to reach a flawed conclusion, but once you see them, they're glaringly obvious.

The flaw begins with "If a trauma makes the victim feel helpless and afraid, then the victim will adopt behaviors to try to gain control over future circumstances to avoid experiencing the trauma again." Feminists insert "begging the question" twice between what would be steps 1 and 2 in order to impose the victim label. This expands the flaw to 5 steps and clouds it enough to hide the flaw from most individuals.

1) If a trauma makes the victim feel helpless and afraid, then the victim will adopt behaviors to try to gain control over future circumstances to avoid experiencing the trauma again.
  • Trauma such as combat conditions sometimes leads to (Post Traumitc Stress Disorder) PTSD.
    One of the symptoms of PTSD is the sufferer's tendency to blame himself for conditions he could not control, and to adopt behaviors to try to gain a measure of control over those conditions. Since the conditions can't be controlled, those behaviors focus on what can mitigate their impact. This is why war vets in your circle of friends and family may be unable to sit with their backs exposed to unseen approach. One cannot control what another person is going to do, but one can influence one's ability to see it coming.
    Another is to attribute significance to conditions which don't affect the outcome of a situation, and adopt behaviors to control those conditions. That's not a tendency that is unique to stress disorders; having a lucky item without which you feel more vulnerable to misfortune is an example.
    Another is to (out of stress-trained habit) apply defensive responses which are necessary in frequently, unpredictably violent circumstances to ordinarily peaceful situations. An example of this is when a vet is triggered to respond in self-defense or even with panic when there is a loud noise that's similar to the noise he experienced during combat.
That's established from treatment of war vets who suffer from PTSD following tours of duty in which they faced conditions of life-threatening violence.
  • Rape can be a traumatic experience.
That's established from evaluation of female victims of violent rape. It's also established that rape victims can have similar PTSD responses. However, feminists misuse both the term rape and the term PTSD, applying them to circumstances that don't merit either one.

2) Begging the question; assuming victimization, as described above.

3) Begging the question; assuming that mindful behavior is dysfunction if sexual violence is at issue, also described above.

4) The (person we labeled) victim has adopted behaviors to avoid revisiting a regretted or upsetting experience.

Because feminists have already applied the label "rape" whether the female's ability to refuse was contravened or she now regrets a conscious choice to consent, they fall right into affirming the consequent.

5) The (person we labeled) victim must be traumatized and responding to feelings of helplessness and fear 

This leads to the assertion that discussion on women's power to take control over any factors surrounding incidents feminists want to call rape (which include rape, but also include regretted consensual sex acts) is victim blaming and therefore verboten. That is how feminists argue that being upset about a sexual encounter makes it rape regardless of what happened during the encounter, and use "victim blaming" as a thought-terminating cliche to stifle rational discussion on the topic. 
Their argument is invalid in several places.
  • That the discussion is about rape and not some other area of risk does not change what is and what is not a reasonable expectation of personal responsibility for one's own safety. Feminists argue as if it does.
  • The presumption that assuming control over your environment is automatically unreasonable is bullshit. That something can be stretched to an unreasonable level (for example, never wearing red because you were wearing red when you got shot) does not make responses to one's environment (for example, wearing your seat-belt because you know that an impact could send you through the windshield without it) unreasonable.
  • The presumption that a sexual choice regretted by a woman indicates that she was raped is also bullshit. Humans regularly make decisions we regret without being told that since we regret the decision, it must have been imposed on us from the outside. Force, coercion, or incapacitation are ways of imposing. When an individual simply makes a bad decision, it's not imposed, and it's not unreasonable to feel responsible instead of victimized. A woman who did something while drunk that when sober she realizes was a bad idea is not the victim that a woman who was raped while passed out or unresponsive would be.
  • The consequent doesn't prove the antecedent. Assuming responsibility for factors under one's control which can affect the outcome of a circumstance is not necessarily an illegitimate conclusion, even when not all of the factors one encountered in said circumstance were under one's control. Changing one's behavior to avoid the consequences of a bad decision is not automatically dysfunctional choice that indicates trauma. It's also a sign of learning. To qualify as an irrational response to trauma, that change must be unproductive as a means of improving one's situation with respect to risk, or so burdensome that its drawbacks outweigh its benefits.
Don't allow feminist debaters to use a logical fallacy to pressure you into adopting a belief in something they haven't proved exists or occurs. The existence of the factors under discussion; rape, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, and feminist-led therapy, do not automatically lead to the conclusion that the rape culture of feminist imagining is a real thing. To demonstrate that, they need to connect those factors with logic in a way that does not rely on baseless assumptions.

Re: #banbossy

Guys get called patriarchal, oppressive, domineering, overbearing, authoritarian, dictatorial, cocky, demanding, draconian, brutal and conceited; stuffed shirts, hard-assed, iron-fisted, and heavy-handed... but that's all okay right? Just as long as when girls act the same way that gets guys so labeled, they don't get called bossy. Because as we have learned, to feminists, things that happen to both sexes only matter when they happen to women and girls. Then they're an excuse to dictate everyone else's rights. But that's not bossy, is it?

When a person with a restraining order against you tries to contact you

I'm seeing this more and more as a search term on which my blog is found, so it must be happening to people fairly often. Please, if you arrived here because you were searching for that information, contact your lawyer immediately and inform him or her that the person who has a restraining order against you is trying to contact you! If you don't have a lawyer, find one.

The terms of that order are no contact.That doesn't just mean you're not allowed to contact her. It means she's claiming to be so afraid of you that she had to ask the state to intervene and make you stay away from her. It means she's claiming that contact with you is dangerous... which in turn means she should by all rights be averse to initiating contact with you. That she is doing so contradicts the claims on which the order is based.

If she contacts you, that can be seen by the state as an admission that she lied to get that restraining order. It's very hard to get an order removed, but proving that the holder of the order is violating it is one way. Once an order is permanent, upheld by a judge, you need evidence in order to even contest it. Attempts by the holder to contact you are the kind of evidence you need.

Sometimes an individual who has a restraining order has obtained it for the purpose of using it as a weapon in custody and property disputes, or simply as a weapon of abuse. If your ex is trying to contact you in ways that feel like an ambush, that might be what she is doing. 

Protect yourself by documenting, keeping in contact with your attorney, and when possible, contesting the order in court on the basis of her continued attempts to contact you.

I've written a more detailed description of restraining order abuse and how to protect yourself in earlier entries in this blog.

Restraining order abuse and vexatious litigation

There are 4 pages to this. The page on documenting yourself as a means of self-defense against an ex using a restraining order as a weapon is the third page, titled "A Temporary Restraining Order Has Been Filed Against Me. What Should I Do?" If you are the subject of a permanent (whether long-term or just 5 years, as some states do) order, and the order's holder is trying to contact you, follow those methods to catch her in the act, but add to them documentation of your deliberate, meticulous avoidance of her. Show that you are going out of your way to not be places where she would go. This will be hard - you may have to live almost like a prisoner for a while, but if it helps you to demonstrate that she's the one trying to violate the order, it may pay off by helping you clear your name.

If your ex contacts you by any means of electronic or telecommunication, let your voice mail or other answering program pick up for you, and record it.

If your ex has been attempting to visit you at home, keep your doors locked and when she shows up, call the police and inform them that she's stalking you with the threat of putting you in violation of a restraining order, and has trapped you in your home by occupying the property. Be sure to record your ex's presence if you can. If possible, get video footage, especially if she acknowledges that she knows you're there, knows you don't want her there, and is refusing to leave. If there are witnesses, be sure to get statements from them, including statements describing her behavior. And above all, you remain calm the whole time, even if she's acting scary, even if she has a weapon (except if you have to flee because she has a firearm; obviously self-preservation comes first.) A recording or witness confirming that she is aggressive and you are not can be incredibly valuable in court. 

Do not stop recording when police arrive. Don't emphasize the presence of your recording device, but don't turn it off. Place it where it will capture the sound and if possible, video, without being intrusive or threatening to the police. You may need this later in court, as well, especially if they decide to arrest you instead of her.

Once police are there, it's even more essential that you remain absolutely calm and reasonable. However, you should also be calmly, reasonably assertive. State clearly and openly that you just want her to stop harassing you. State that you want to press trespassing charges against her, even if it's the first time she has done this, and even if she is not actively refusing to leave by the time they arrive. Your reason is that you want to send a clear message that the no-contact order goes both ways; she is not to visit your home again. By entering your property or the property on which your residence sits knowing that she has a restraining order against you, she is choosing to force her presence on you unwanted and is expected (because she has a restraining order against you) to know she should not be there. 

If it's not the first time, in addition to the trespassing charges, push for stalking charges under Sec. 2261A of VAWA, which states that anyone who is present within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States with intent to harass or intimidate another person and in the course of that action engages in conduct that causes, attempts to cause, or would be reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress to that person, an immediate family member of that person, or a spouse or intimate partner of that person, is guilty of stalking. Threatening to ambush you into "violation" of a restraining order by invading your home or the property on which your home sits would be reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress; you would be expected to worry that you'll be sent to jail because she is there. Subjecting you to repeated unwanted contact is considered stalking even if one doesn't accept your reasonable fear of going to jail. If your ex is doing this, there is no reason why law enforcement should refuse to treat the situation the same as if your sexes were reversed.

If your ex has been attempting to visit you at your place of work, it's still going to be up to you to avoid contact. If your building has security, call them and have them remove her, or ask your supervisor to do so if you do not have the authority. Talk to your supervisor about having your ex barred from the premises. State that you don't want any trouble on the job, you don't want her to cause any trouble at your workplace, and that her ability to invade your workplace at any time and harass you creates a hostile work environment for you. Say that you feel the best solution is to prevent her from being there at all. Again, if you are able to get a record of her behavior, do so. If there is video footage of her behavior, you have the right to subpoena that, and should mention its existence to your lawyer the day of the incident to ensure the ability to do so before it gets dumped (if digital.) If you're a business owner and she's trying to contact you by visiting your place of business, file trespassing charges, and if it's repeated behavior, file harassment charges.

Most of all, under no circumstances should you ever comply with your ex's attempts to directly contact you in violation of any kind of protection order. Even if she says it's an emergency, it's still a violation of the protection order against you, and it can be used against you as a means of having you jailed.

Edit: To show what a lot of men with restraining orders against them have to deal with, here are some of the google searches that have led people to the post "A Temporary Restraining Order Has Been Filed Against Me. What Should I Do?"
  • what to do when there is a restraining order against you and you are falsely being accused of violating it
  • false restraining order 
  • she has an order of protection against me and calls me
  • do women break their own order of protection 
  • if she has a no contact order on me is she allowed to come to my job
  • how do I stop a person with a restraining order against me from following me
  • what can I do if a person who has a order protection against me comes near me on purpose
  • how do I get my kids if my ex has a restraining order
  • how can I stop my ex getting temporary restraining orders over and over
  • ex has protection orders against all her exes 
  • recourse for false allegation charges
  • restraining order abuse
  • harassment through the legal system and how to stop it
  • my wife has a restraing (sic) order against me she keeps following and having me arrested
  • getting your stuff back during order of protection
  • do i have any legal recourse for lies in a request for restraining order
  • do i need a lawyer to defend me if served with a protection order 
  • can a social services make someone get an injunction on me for no reason
  • can my girlfriend file a restraining order against me if i own the house
  • do you avoid exs family during no contact
  • help defending against a vexatious litigant
  • if there is a restraining order against you what do you do about classes you take with that person
  • does a person have to leave if a person with a restraining order filed against them shows up
  • entrapment tro
    (temporary restraining order)
  • someone has a protection order against me but theyre (sic) constantly contacting me
  • using the court system to harass
  • what do i fo when a person who has a no contact order against me keeps calling me 
And from the restraining order holders:
  • can I contact someone I have a restraining order against if we have kids together
  • can I get penalized for contacting someone I have a restraining order against
  • if u have an injunction on someone and you talk to them what happens to you
  • what happens if you talk to someone you have a restraining order against
  • what is going to happen if he talk (sic) to my family after restrain. order
  • can I get someone arrested if I go where he is and I have a restraining order
  • if I have a restraining order and he is where I go but leaves is it still a violation
  • what happens if you don't go to court after filing for a restriction order
  • does my restraining order stop his visitation
  • can I use a restraining order to stop him going for custody
  • compensation for restraining order
Crazy sauce:
  • I have a restraining order but I still love him 
  • can I still see someone i have an injunction against
  • in have a restraining order against my ex, what happens if i let him in
  • if I have a restraining order can I make him talk to me
  • do I have to prove he violated a no contact order to get him arrested
  • can judges tell if your (sic) lying about a restraining order
  • consequence of lying for restraining order 
  • can people be arrested for entrapment
  • baiting someone as to have them arrested
  • can i discredit myself if i lie in order to get a temporary injunction
  • can I get in trouble for saying he violated a tro if he didn't
  • victim trying to bait violation of harassment order
  • victum (sic) abusing restraining order harassing accused

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