"All men" are responsible for the bad things that happen to women, writes Socialist Michael Laxer. "This is a very uncomfortable and inconvenient truth," Laxer clucks, "there are no 'good guys,'" and men, as a class, "are responsible."
Like so many bien pensant gender extremists who are happy to reduce "men" as a class to vile caricature, Laxer has no concern that his "masculinity-needs-to-be-reconstructed" meme engenders disrepute of feminism. He seems happy enough just preaching to the choir of like-minded nitwits who assume the vast middle class is overflowing with unenlightened misogynists.
Because so many men supposedly reacted defensively to Laxer's stupidity (I mean, what a vast readership Laxer must have!), Laxer penned this train-wreck of an explanation. If you can get beyond the first few insipid paragraphs, your tolerance threshold for stupidity is probably way too high.
Laxer's embarrassing school boy white-knight-ism isn't worthy of any, much less any serious, refutation. Let's just ask ourselves, who agrees with Laxer's sort of nonsense, and who disagrees.
Let's take America's leading anti-rape organization, RAINN. Even RAINN recently distanced itself from the "rape culture" meme in a letter to the White House. "Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime," according to RAINN. The "unfortunate" tendency to blame "rape culture" for sexual assault, RAINN wrote, "has led to an inclination to focus on . . . traits that are common in many millions of law-abiding Americans (e.g., 'masculinity'), rather than on the subpopulation at fault: those who choose to commit rape."
But, of course, Jessica Valenti agrees with Laxer. Valenti's singular, jaw-dropping idiocy speaks for itself, and if Jessica Valenti supports Laxer's piece, that, in itself, is a strong indication that Laxer's piece should not be taken seriously.