Like most people, I expect you go to the movies to be entertained.Well, of course. But then I’m not a ‘Guardian’; columnist, who clearly goes to the movies to be OUTRAGED!
Affleck wouldn’t dream of suggesting that the US had clean hands in events such as its historic support for the Shah of Iran, but recycling the most egregious myths about gender-based violence is, apparently, another matter. I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn’t seen the film, but one of its key themes is the notion that it’s childishly easy to get away with making false allegations of rape and domestic violence.Well, isn’t it?
I’m wondering why men who have seen the film aren’t up in arms – please tell me they are – about the portrayal of their sex as a bunch of credulous idiots.Well, maybe because it’s exactly how the progressives have trained them to think of themselves, perhaps?
… let’s go back to that report I mentioned earlier, and what it had to say about false allegations of rape and domestic violence. Starmer described them as “very rare” and went on to say something that might have been written with Gone Girl in mind. “In recent years we have worked hard to dispel the damaging myths and stereotypes that are associated with these cases,” he observed with a hint of weariness. Everyone who works in this area knows what he means, and foremost among those myths is the idea that victims can’t be trusted. It’s a favourite theme of the Daily Mail, which is always ready to clear its front page to highlight cases of men who have been acquitted of rape, without pointing out that false allegations are rare.Some ‘victims’ can’t be trusted, Joan, and worst of all, they are often multiple accusers who are never punished and are treated as if they hadn’t previously cried wolf on numerous occasions.
Raising that in a film is a perfectly legitimate point to make, even if it doesn’t accord with feminist dogma.