Some "men's rights" activists are claiming it's a false-flag operation, done to damage the reputation of men in general.
Riiiiight. 'Cos up until now, no woman in the States so much as thought twice about getting into a car with a strange man and first dates were never, ever an occasion for at least a fleeting flash of worry about how creepy/crazy the guy might be underneath his smooth talk.
No, jerk. What this case has revealed is that you have no idea the degree of suspicion with which I (and many other women) have regarded the male of the species -- and some females -- all along. You see, while most men are a little bit nutty in a harmless sort of way, some men are way over the edge and it's not always obvious. Any time you boys go to chat up a gal who has a smattering of sense, she's wondering if you're a member of the latter group. Because, you see, rape happens. Assault happens.*
Y'know, there's about a jillion romantic comedies from the Golden Age of Hollywood to explain this with a lot less in the way of painful looks into the psyche and subtext of courtship. I shouldn't have to make y'take the red pill; you'll just spend the rest of the movie screaming for the blue pill anyway.
* Mind you, I am not saying bad stuff doesn't happen to men too; all this interpersonal relationship stuff is highly asymmetrical and never more so when it goes off the rails. In particular, there are plenty of men out there who have suffered huge financial problems over 'em; but that still beats being left dead in a ditch or locked in a basement and raped for ten years.
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