Men’s rights activists (MRAs) were abound in the comment’s section of my post, “Men are NOT raped more than women.” They ignored all the statistics I posted and made up their own conclusions using incorrect analyses of the data.
So here’s my long-awaited, follow-up post, with yet more proof and numbers.
The original link to a DOJ study, cited by Feministe, is now down. Here’s what I found on the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) government website that I believe was the same study.
The NIS-3 was conducted in 233 state and federal prisons, 358 local jails, and 15 special confinement facilities operated by ICE, the U.S. military, and correctional authorities in Indian country. A total of 92,449 inmates age 18 or older participated in the survey, including 38,251 prison inmates, 52,926 jail inmates, 573 ICE detainees, 539 inmates in military facilities, and 160 inmates in Indian country facilities. The survey was also administered to 527 youth ages 16 to 17 held in state prisons and 1,211 youth ages 16 to 17 in local jails.
So in the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey (NIS), which is the updated version of the one my post originally talked about, they had a sample of 92,449 inmates age 18 or older and 1,738 inmates ages 16 to 17.
Among the 91,177 adult prison and jail inmates participating in the NIS-3 sexual victimization survey, 3,381 reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization in the past 12 months or since admission to the facility, if less than 12 months. Since the NIS-3 is a sample survey, weights were applied for sampled facilities and inmates within facilities to produce national-level and facility-level estimates. The estimated number of prison and jail inmates experiencing sexual victimization totaled 80,600 (or 4.0% of all prison inmates and 3.2% of jail inmates nationwide).
I’m not sure what happened to a couple of the adult inmates; maybe their surveys were unacceptable for some reason. But keep in mind that this is men and women. Here’s another PDF about the same study:
The reported number of victims for lifetime sexual victimization in the survey is 8,763. The reported number in the 12 months in 2011 is 3,381. There were reported 31,110 surveys from men’s facilities and 7,141 from women’s facilities. So it turns out that 80,600 total victims is just an estimate, extrapolating from the survey.
Between 2009 and 2011, females represented about 7% of all state and federal prison inmates, but accounted for 22% of inmate-on-inmate victims and 33% of staff-on-inmate victims.
I think we can safely say that more total men are “sexually victimized” in prison than women, but this is mostly explained by the much higher percentage of men being in prison.
Meanwhile, let’s look at numbers for estimated sexual assaults for 2011, the same year the NIS-3 was conducted. First, I tried to find a study from the BJS so my numbers for prison abuse came from the same place. BJS referred me to the “National Crime Victimization Survey” (NCSV).
So here are the results from 2011 NCVS. 143,120 persons age 12 or older from 79,800 households across the country were interviewed during the year. The estimated total number of rapes/sexual assaults reported in 2011 was 243,800. This PDF did not break this total down by men and women. I had to look at some other method that did.
12,727 telephone interviews were completed in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2011. This was conducted by the CDC.
In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women and 1.7% of men have been raped during their lifetimes; an estimated 1.6% of women reported that they were raped in the 12 months preceding the survey.
1.6% of women raped in the 12 months before taking the survey is 1.9 million women.
The case count for men reporting rape in the preceding 12 months was too small to produce a statistically reliable prevalence estimate.
Men weren’t even statistically significant enough to be counted for 2011.
Estimated number of all “sexual victimization” victims in prison/jail in 2011: 80,600 (BJS)
Estimated number of all rapes/sexual assaults reported in 2011: 243,800 (BJS)
Estimated number of women raped in 2011: 1.9 million (CDC)
There probably is a way, somehow-through bullshit polls-to conclude that men are raped more than women. But the amount of cherry-picking and statistical juggling it takes to reach that conclusion is beyond the scope of reasonable facts. I used the very best (in terms of sample size) and most reliable available statistics for the same year. I believe that, even if you adjust the methodologies of the studies to include different definitions of “rape” and “sexual assault,” the gap between the numbers for men and women remains huge. I don’t see how the data can be any more clear that men are NOT raped more than women.
Joyce Brown was a New York City resident and homeless woman who was involuntarily hospitalized in NYC in 1987.
On October 28, 1987, Ms. Brown was transported to Bellevue Hospital as the first patient under Project HELP, a city program spearheaded by Mayor Ed Koch, a program aimed at the hospitalization of the homeless. She had been living on the streets in Manhattan and often used the fake name “Billie Bogs” to avoid being found by her family.
On December 18, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan upheld her involuntary commitment. However, the judge that wrote the dissenting argument claimed that there was not enough evidence to support the notion that she was a danger to herself.1
Dr. Francine Cournos, an assistant professor of psychiatry Columbia University, stated that although she thought treatment would be helpful, it was not advised treatment be given against her will. On January 15, 1988, a judge ruled that Joyce Brown could be not involuntary medicated.2
The appeal to confine Joyce Brown was eventually successful, with help from lawyers from NYCLU, whom she had called herself for legal support. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lippmann determined that she was competent enough to not be a danger to herself or others. She was released after nearly three months of involuntary commitment.3
She went on to seek gainful employment and many have written published articles about her civil rights case and involuntary medication and commitment.
1. Kirk Johnson. The New York Times. Court Backs Treatment of Woman Held Under Koch Homeless Plan. Published: December 19, 1987.
2. Josh Barbanel. The New York Times. Joyce Brown Obtains a Ban On Medicine. Published: January 16, 1988.
3. Jeanie Kasindorf. New York Magazine. The Real Story of Billie Bogs.Published: May 2, 1988.
Treatment Advocacy Center: Involuntary Hospitalization in the Modern Era: Is “Dangerousness” Ambiguous or Obsolete?
So this video has been making its rounds on BuzzFeed lately:
“Why would you say that?” I love how smug and condescending he is without even trying.
Oh, Fox News, I will link to you only in YouTube videos and Google cache links just because it gives me great joy to deny you ad revenue.
I first saw Reza Aslan on The Daily Show during the Green Revolution. I thought, “Who is the gorgeous gorgeous Iranian man?”
Reza Aslan is a pretty big deal in academic circles and probably the biggest name in religious studies, and definitely Islam, off the top of my head. The only time I’ve seen him get flustered is when he debated the relationship of violence and Islam with Sam Harris.
It turns out Aslan is 41 and married, but… would still tap. Mmmmm, articulate men with symmetrical faces and terminal degrees.
Summary: Rather than leave adult content alone Yahoo’s Tumblr has eliminated its Erotica category, disabled search engine indexing for adult blogs, and removed adult Tumblrs from all internal search. Users are furious.
Top Reddit Comment:
My-Work-Reddit 1371 points 10 hours ago
Well, technically, Marissa Mayer didn’t lie, they did leave the adult blogs alone … VERY alone.
My personal favorite Tumblr of all time is: http://indifferent-cats-in-amateur-porn.tumblr.com/ (NSFW) Which was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Oh Marissa Mayer. My dream of creating the complementary “Overly Concerned Dogs in Amateur Porn” Tumblr is dead now because of you.
Yahoo! Inc. If I was your shareholder, I would tell you to just crawl into Rupert Murdoch’s asshole and die. (It can join myspace in the grave of all graves.)
[EDIT/UPDATE: Tumblr officially responds to outrage. Zdnet post was apparently misleading. Here is a link to a Tumblr Staff post regarding NSFW content on Tumblr: http://staff.tumblr.com/post/55906556378/all-weve-heard-from-a-bunch-of-you-who-are]
Vector Marketing Scam
My most popular post currently, in terms of per-day page hits, is my old exposé on Vector Marketing:
Vector Marketing caught on and, realizing they could lose a bunch of money on a Google Search, bought a bunch of shitty domain names to bump down all the talk about how everyone hates Vector Marketing.
They even bought vectormarketingscam.com with links to… personal testimonies! *gasp* Read a real story by a real 18-year-old kid!
I understand SEO, Vector Marketing, I see it.
Anyway, if you are a pissed off former Vector employee, go the original Cult of Cutco article and share it. If you want to blog about Vector also and link me, please copy paste the entire post title or use the phrase “Vector Marketing Scam,” because I think those are the two easiest way to help bump my Google rankings back up.
There are easy share buttons at the bottom of the article too. I think the one that gets the most exposure these days is Reddit.
So, thanks, guys. Rock on spreading the information.
Louis C.K. describes the worst part of the subway perfectly.
Hat-tip to Brokelyn for the Link:
Man, I miss his TV show. (The second one, of course, although Lucky Louie wasn’t actually all that terrible.)
Louis C.K. re-imagines classic jokes:
“I don’t know why the chicken crossed the road… Shouldn’t it be on a farm fucking other chickens?… There is no dialogue or conversation with a chicken; It just gets eaten and I take a shit.”
Last week, my old friend Dan Savage and I sat down for an extremely ill-advised public chat about, well, a lot of things. We were at the New York Public Library at a sold-out event, promoting Dan’s typically funny, moving, enraging, provoking, uplifting series of essays, now collected as American Savage. Here’s the full program. Enjoy:
- I asked a Mechanical Engineer about ELF Emmit. This is what he said.
- The Cult of Cutco: How Vector Marketing Mass-Hires Students into Dubious Contract Labor
- Professional Hair Product Alternatives - Same Ingredients, 1/3 the Price
- Are Women Cleaner than Men?
- HIghdea #2: Pugs are ugly motherfuckers
- Fuck you, Lending Tree, Fuck you
- House is Terrible but I'm too Emotionally Invested to Stop Watching
- E-harmony cat lover video not real, an actress
- Libertarianism and Generation Z
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