Sex, Power, and Consent: How to Interpret the Media Frenzy Around Sexual Assault

Via The Daily Bell

The same media that covered for the rich and powerful is now delighting in throwing them one by one under the sexual assault bus.

I can’t deny that it is a joy to watch liberal elites like Al Franken and Harvey Weinstein fall from grace.

But a chill goes down my spine when I think, but why now? Why has the media suddenly done a complete 180?

Don’t get me wrong, it is great to hold sexual predators accountable. But the first thing that doesn’t feel right is “convicting” people in the court of public opinion based only on an accusation.

Okay, so for people like Weinstein and Spacey, there are enough people coming forward with enough verifiable evidence that they are beyond a reasonable doubt sexual predators. Al Franken posed in a photo that confirms his harassment.

But could this be the media’s angle? The first step is to accuse all the easy targets. Get the public whipped into a frenzy. Once everyone has the torches and pitchforks, all that will be required is an accusation, and the mob will burn the witches. And at that point, no one will wait to see if the evidence pans out. A simple accusation, true or false will condemn a man and destroy his career.

Unfortunately, these conditions will make liars and exploiters come out of the woodwork. It’s now trendy to accuse someone, and a consensual one night stand might turn into borderline rape in decades-old retrospect. You will have some people who want attention and money. You will also have some people who simply want to ruin a famous person.

And you will have elites picking targets in their games of power. Just consider how Julian Assange and Dominique Strauss-Kahn were accused of rape at opportune times to ruin them. Both charges were later dropped. Perhaps today in the witch-hunt mindset, the charges would have been further pursued.

Is the Media Offering a Solution?

It is great that men and women who have been victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment can now come forward and expect mainstream support. It is a serious problem. And just because some will abuse the witch-hunt for their own ends does not mean it is fair to the real victims to ignore or marginalize anyone who comes forward.

In this sense, it seems like the reporting from the media is beneficial. Most of the cases focus on a disparity of power. It is rich and famous people taking advantage of young fans, their students, aspiring actors, interns, or employees.

Maybe people with power will think twice. They may think of their careers, their marriages, their future, and decide it’s not worth it to be a creep.

But doesn’t it also divide society further? It creates suspicion and tension between multiple groups. Men versus women. Rich versus poor. Celebrity versus normie. Politician versus citizen.

And it is worth noting that many accused have been politicians. Unfortunately, the underlying fabric of a society is woven by politicians. They have the power to pass laws and regulations which drastically alter behavior. People even take cues from their government. Debt-laden governments produce debt-laden citizens.

Doesn’t that say something about what kind of society these sexual predators have created? It certainly won’t be one based on consent.

The Solution is Consent.

Sounds obvious, right? Sex requires consent at every level.

But on other subjects besides sex, consent is not held in such high esteem. Consent in general, in every aspect of our lives, should be held as the golden standard. Under these conditions, we will see consent respected in all aspects of life, including sex.

This is not a new concept. You’ll know the tree by the fruit it bears. In a society based on consent, fewer people will be taken advantage of sexually.

The root of the issue is a coercive society. It starts with people wanting their kids to be obedient to authority or elders, without ever explaining why. But obedience is not a virtue. As annoying as it can be for kids to constantly ask why, or assert their own attitudes and desires, this is a good thing. It doesn’t mean giving in to every demand of a child. It means recognizing their autonomy and largely allowing them to make their own decisions.

I have discussed how a coercive society breeds psychological distress on those forced to act a certain way. But missing was an assessment of the psychological conditions of those who exert the coercion. The actual coercive agents of the state go equally crazy. But they go crazy with power instead of crazy with desperation to be an individual.

And the rich, powerful, and famous have access to the power of the government. They have access to the same coercion they use against their victims.

The way the government treats the citizens is the exact same way sexual predators treat their victims.

There are different levels of manipulation. Some victims are groomed with gifts and kindness. Sometimes the abuser uses intimidation and threats. Sometimes victims are enticed by the promise of being elevated to the position of the abuser, with all the power that comes with it. Sometimes the abuser downright rapes the victims who won’t comply.

And our political structure is not based on consent. Democracy is not consent, it is mob rule. It is the will of the majority dominating the will of the minority. Nor does living in a society mean you consent to be governed. It should not be up to victims to flee in the face of a threat. Saying everything the government does is fine because you continue to live in a country is like saying if a victim of sexual assault didn’t want it, they wouldn’t put themselves in that situation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have an organized society based on consent. After all, if the government services are truly desired by the people, why do they have to be forced on them? Why do we have to be forced to pay taxes, instead of enticed with a good offer?

I am not saying ending the abusive relationship between government and citizen will eliminate sexual violence. I am simply saying it will set a consistent precedent for behavior. By acknowledging that all interactions must be consensual, there would be no double standard. These abusers would not get used to operating without the consent of others.

Yes, what I am suggesting means a vast restructuring of society. It certainly wouldn’t happen overnight. But as victims begin to stand up to their abusers, it is time all non-consensual relationships are called out for what they are.

If we really want to get to the root of this issue, we will examine the fundamental nature of the relationship between governments and citizens.

Comments

kwaremont Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:21 Permalink

well, libtards and neomarxist leftist propaganda will be more credible if they start with pursuing death punishment to clinton mafia... starting from long string of rapes, through widespread megacorruption on a worldwide scale, up to the quite a few strange deaths google "clinton rape"google "clinton foundation corruption"google "clinton deaths"

fleur de lis Cloud9.5 Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:33 Permalink

This is the same MSM that regularly denigrated people of faith, fought against traditional religious symbols as oppressive, and diligently promoted offensive sexual mores as a matter of policy.In the place of common decency they consistently promote repugnant guttersnipes like Silverman, Madonna, Handler, etc., and whatever cultural decay Hollyweird barfs up as acceptable entertainment despite the widespread revulsion they produce.Then all of a sudden they are in a position to repudiate sexual offenders who go too far.Or is that really the problem.The problem is that the MSM is fully aware of the vile stories but when they start to seep out like sludge out of a sewer, and the offenses hit the legal wall, the media will simply play dumb, act surprised, and weigh in with admonishments.They should start by cleaning up themselves and their bad mannered, ill spoken, poorly read, snarky journalists who spend too much time earning corporate and political brownie points by dragging down ordinary people who hold traditional social standards in a society that is controlled by ignorant gulpins who fancy themselves elites and in a position to tell everyone else what to do.Silk purse/sow's ear.   

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jin187 fleur de lis Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:26 Permalink

To be fair, this kind of stuff has probably gone on for a lot longer than the sexual revolution. The garbage that pervades the media today just started getting a foothold in the 70's, but the same type of cutthroat predators that run Hollywood and politics today have done so forever. We just didn't have cameras to catch it, or an internet to stop them from hiding it. Debauchery has been the norm for the rich and powerful for 99.99% of human history.

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kwaremont Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:21 Permalink

well, libtards and neomarxist leftist propaganda will be more credible if they start with pursuing death punishment to clinton mafia... starting from long string of rapes, through widespread megacorruption on a worldwide scale, up to the quite a few strange deaths google "clinton rape"google "clinton foundation corruption"google "clinton deaths"

shadow54 Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

When the internet filled up with ads people became ad blind. No longer seeing them as their eyes ignore.Then people began to block ads.On this page, adblock is blocking 21 ads, https everywhere is forcing encrypted connections on 13 trackers, Kaspersky anti virus plug in is blocking 230 attempts to collect data. And my VPN is giving them all a bogus IP.Now I have become blind to Sex Charges appearing in the media.These charges are becoming a tidal wave.Soon someone will build a browser plugin to to block the stories and I will install it.And by the way, this page never stops trying to access data. While writing this attempts to extract data list climbed from 230 to  436 attempts. One per second. 

kumquatsunite shadow54 Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

Intersting. MY son received a card in the mail enticing him to use a new insurer for his cars. He didn't use it but I did, calling the number. I had not looked up Anything on the internet about the insurance company.The VERY next time I got on the computer I was hit by an ad From That Very Company. It's getting pretty weird!

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jin187 U4 eee aaa Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:20 Permalink

I'm more concerned with megacorps getting my data than the NSA. Long as you're not important, that NSA data just sits there, good or bad. Google and Facebook knowing everything about you is scary. They're taking your data, and whoring it out to anyone with two dimes to rub together. Fuckerberg even once considered selling backdoor access of individuals private Facebook pages to businesses for background checks.

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LyLo jin187 Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:47 Permalink

Yeah, it would concern me too... if they got it right just once.  Fortunately, I'm not particularly scared by algorithms that have thought I was, at various points: an old Arabic man, a young woman with a bunch of toddlers, a pervy Korean man, and a male American Boomer with older parents.  And that's an abbreviated list, mind.So what are they actually achieving?  (Besides selling LOTS of ads based on "science": clearly that's going well.)

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OverTheHedge The Shodge Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:33 Permalink

If you are using a password for Zerohedge that you also use for important stuff, it's your own fault.

I have a password for all those sites that need a password but you just know are spam honeytraps, and Zerohedge is one of them. I have always assumed that everything I do here is fully visable to everyone who wants to look, but the good news is I am not an internet terrorist, so nothing useful to extract from my computer. I share my tablet with my youngster, so I am very careful to have nothing unsuitable, and I just hope that the NSA has a thing for My Little Pony videos, because they get quite a few of them.

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jin187 The Shodge Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:12 Permalink

Protip: don't say anything illegal here. The NSA is always listening. VPN, encryption, TOR, data scrubbers. They got ways around all of it. If they care about you, they will identify you, and find you.

On a side note, no one is coming for you anti-semitic, flat-earth, conspiracy guys, because no one cares. Even if you guys get doxxed, worst case scenario is we get a good laugh from your Facebook photos, and you're forced to switch jobs from McDonalds to Burger King if some SJW's call your boss.

I guess that makes Protip #2: don't say anything you'd be ashamed to say in public.

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anonymike Koba the Dread Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Could be building enough rage before another sex accusation against trump. Or conversely, once we get to the point of saturation, accusations against bill Clinton can be responded to with him shrugging his shoulders and saying, "What's the big deal? Everyone is doing it. Why single me out? This is just an attack on me and all dem supporters who love me." Then it drops completely out of the msm news flow..

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jin187 anonymike Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:01 Permalink

Now that they know Hilary has zero chance of winning the presidency, all of a sudden, people care about Bill's sex crimes again. I've heard talk that there might even be a new congressional investigation, with censure being the goal for both Clintons. Talk about justice...

We the congress, find that you two old people with nothing to lose are very bad, and hereby sentence you to nothing, because we aren't a jury. But do realize that you are indeed, very, very bad, and totally should have been punished back when it was relevant.

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rwe2late Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:21 Permalink

consent of robbers, murderers, and fraudulent banksters to be arrested or jailed.consent of polluters to stop destroying environmentconsent of loggers to stop destroying forests,consent of animal abusers to stop abuse,consent of drunk drivers to drive soberetc. and etc.it's so simple, just get everbody's consent for everything. why isn't it done already?(sarc)   

OverTheHedge Colonel Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:42 Permalink

I saw a thing a while back suggesting that the nature of politics, because it can come crashing to a halt at every election, attracts a certain kind of risk-taking, devil-may-care confidence. These are exactly the kinds of people who are less likely to be worried about being caught sticking their hands in the till, or up a skirt.

In other words, politicians are, by definition, predatory monsters. I am happy to agree with it as a theory, and I have seen little in the real world that suggests otherwise.

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numapepi rwe2late Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:19 Permalink

I believe we are talking about individual consent not collective consent.

ie, Right of the man to be a logger if he consents... to that difficult, dangerous, low paid job, done under the worst possible conditions.

As opposed to, the right of a group of self appointed know it alls, who consent, not to control what someone else does on their own land.

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Boscovius Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

I remember taking an Interpersonal Communications class at University, where it was instilled in me that "A relationship is a matter of who can do what to whom."I have no doubt that the professor was a liberal cocksucker.

gmak Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:50 Permalink

This is good. We should go bat 50 years in everyone's life and look for every little thing that they did "wrong" through today's lens of SJW. Only then can we crush this civilization built by white men. Because if they built it, then it MUST not be any good. (What's that? Give up my central heating and AC? No more cars? No more cell phones? No more internet? Climb power towers in sleeting rain and ice to fix circuits with enough power to cook all the beef in Alberta? I'll get back to you, OK?). Why now? Because the left is eating its own because there are no other easy 'enemies' to villify to make yourself the hero.  This has been predicted by every clear-thinking philosopher and pundit for at least a decade.

Reaper Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

Absolute power to accusers corrupts absolutely.   Power to accusers corrupts.  Just look at all the lies told by women to benefit in divorce/custody proceedings.  Lying/deceit for advantage is a natural characteristic.   Locally, the Black Racer snake curls up and rattles its tail to deceive. 

jin187 Reaper Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:51 Permalink

"I'm on the pill" is probably the most common lie told since the invention of birth control, with "I'm pregnant" being a close second. How many stories are we up to where a woman claims to have a keepanigga baby, and 9 months later, she steals one from the hospital, or a neighbor, in order to keep up the lie. Hell, didn't they even have one that cut open a pregnant lady to steal the baby?

On the other side of the spectrum "I'm wearing a condom" is a lie that has Julian Assange facing rape charges. "Hey did you really wear a condom? No?! OMFG, I feel so raped!" And here we all thought that chicks getting off during a rape ménage à trois was just a tentacle porn thing.

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pine_marten Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:04 Permalink

A good percentage of men are prone to this behaivor. It has always been so if history is any guide. Raping and pillaging. Power corrupts. Absolute power ( Clintons ) corrupts absolutely.It is boring.

Totally_Disill… Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Media frenzy?  Most lib MSM are defending the Weinstein/Frankens of the world.  I see it as more victims are finding it easy to come forward...we are about to hear much more about the incest and pedophilia in America.

mabuhay1 Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:44 Permalink

No, the solution is NOT consent....  Humans do not have a "consent" behavioral trait, it goes against what we are.  Most of these accusers are liars and gold diggers.  If anything did actually happen, it was consensual at the time, and changed later to a non-consensual event.  Many times this is because the female did not get enough remuneration, whether cash or in-kind.  Other times it was because the female in question dressed, acted, and enticed like a hooker, and then was pissed that she was in turn treated like a hooker.  Women need to be held accountable for their actions and their behavior.  They also need to be punished severely when caught lying about sexual events.  One of the main reasons we are having this spate of lies by women, is that they are untouchable, no matter ho blatant the lie or how damaging the false accusation.