I know nothing about Michael Daly, a writer for the New York Daily News, aside from the article I cite here, but make no mistake, he is one of radical feminism's useful idiots. Here is what he wrote about the falsely accused men in the Hofstra rape case:
"The five were freed after getting the good scare that they well deserved." Read the whole wretched thing here.
Does the name Catherine Comins come to mind? In this 1991 Time Magazine article, Comins, then a vice president at Vassar, discussed men who are victimized by false allegations of rape: "Comins argues that men who are unjustly accused can sometimes gain from the experience. 'They have a lot of pain, but it is not a pain that I would necessarily have spared them.'"
Why did Daly conclude the young men deserved the good scare?
"No young woman would consent to having sex with five guys in a bathroom unless she was seriously troubled.
"Any guy with even a trace of gentleman would have told everyone to leave this 18-year-old Hofstra freshman alone, then walked her to her room and left her in the care of a female friend or roommate.
. . . .
"I have two daughters. I do not for a minute think the five deserved to go away for a crime they did not commit. I also do not think that what they did do is even remotely acceptable.
. . . .
"These five may not be guilty, but that does not make them innocent.
They should stop their whimpering and apologize for acting like mutts. "
Did you get that? The victims should apologize -- to their false accuser.
First, I don't know about you, but whenever I read a story about rape written by a man who proudly proclaims he has daughters, I can predict exactly where it's headed. The implication typically is that the darling girls need to be protected from the dreaded male predators, and with all the chivalry the writer can muster, he often proclaims that if one of "them" dared to hurt his princesses . . . well, you know the rest. Sometimes castration and medieval tortures figure into it.
Second, Daly's misplaced anger at the young men for failing to somehow know that a girl who openly consents to having sex with several guys must be troubled -- because, I suppose, that's what he, as a father of girls, believes about her -- is supported by no evidence whatsoever. It is based solely on Michael Daly's serene, chivalrous ipse dixit. He thinks it was a terrible choice, so that means the young men must have known she was "seriously troubled."
Third, Daly's tirade accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of insulting two genders at one time: First, it is insults women because it is sexist in the extreme, implying that they are either too stupid or too weak to act as free moral agents capable of making even fantastically dumb choices when it comes to sex, and that they need their chivalrous guardian angel, Michael Daly, to protect them from the male evildoers. Second, it insults men, because it suggests that when men and women engage in consensual, albeit fantastically stupid sex, the men are predators, the women are innocent victims, and that later, when the women try to wrongly destroy the mens' lives with rape lies, the men should apologize to her. The misandry at work here is breathtaking.
Guess what, Michael? If a woman wants to have sex with one, two or five guys, that's her right. And you might be astounded to know that they're doing it. On college campuses all across America, they're getting drunk -- but not drunk enough to preclude valid consent -- and having casual, random sex, sometimes with multiple partners.
Yes, it's stupid on multiple levels. Do I approve? I personally think it's revolting. Truth be told, I don't approve of premarital sex, much less casual hook-up sex among complete strangers. How's that for old-fashioned? And I don't even have to hide behind my daughters to say it.
But none of that changes the fact that Michael Daly has blamed the victims in a way that would have gotten him fired if he had dared blame an alleged rape victim for "asking for it."
Once again, one of radical feminism's useful idiots -- a chivalrous male -- is among those hurting the cause of the falsely accused the most.
You owe the young men -- the victims -- an apology, Daly.