Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Narrative Matters.

Lena Dunham and Lying about Rape.

//The man we call Barry One, however, the man legions have found online using details published in Not That Kind of Girl, is very real. And what's unforgivable is that, through an incomprehensible malice or a combination of breathtaking carelessness and a number of unthinkable coincidences, in the courtroom of public opinion, Lena Dunham is pointing her powerful finger at this man and screaming "rapist."

After Kevin Williamson's National Review story published, in which Barry One is portrayed as a stressed and worried family man being hounded by the press and terrified his full name will be published, Dunham responded directly to Williamson's piece but said nothing about the innocence of the man she placed under this national microscope.

Rather than use this opportunity to clear his name (if Barry is a pseudonym this would have been an opportune time to say something), she instead condemned him through silence and made the "most unfortunate coincidence" of a man's life all about Lena Dunham://

And then there is this conversation with an Oberlin librarian who thinks it is her job to enable false rape claims:

//What you're looking for," Ms. Hess informed me, "could create a conflict of interest on campus regarding sexual assault."

"I'm not sure what you mean."

"People here are less interested in justice for this kind of crime and more interested in helping the victim. I'm not psyched to help you do this."

"You can look at everything I've thus far written about this. We just want to know the truth."

"Asking whether or not a victim is telling the truth is irrelevant," Ms. Hess proclaimed.
"It's just not important if they are telling the truth. If this person had wanted criminal justice they would have pursued it."

"I'm not just talking about criminal justice," I responded. "The details in the book point to a specific individual."

"Who graduated years ago."

"This man is easily found using Google and says he's innocent. Right now everyone is looking at him and he's just twisting out there."

"Our archives are private. We have no obligation to share them with anyone. I don't want our organization to be a part of this. I'm the general manager and the answer is no."//

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