Barbara Kay: Mike Pence’s dining preference is ‘rape culture’? By that flimsy standard, what isn’t?

Some years ago Tal Nitzan, a sociology student at Hebrew University and an ardent anti-Zionist, used her Master’s thesis to explore how Israel’s “racist” soldiers use rape as a weapon of terror and intimidation. There was only one problem. Once she began her research, she could not find a single documented case of rape by an Israel Defence Forces soldier of a Palestinian woman.

Undeterred, Nitzan simply turned her original thesis upside down and came to the exact same conclusion: the soldiers were still racist and still bent on humiliating Palestinian women — by refusing to rape them.

  • Art Deco

    Sociology in the hands of Nitzan’s thesis supervisors is rather like constitutional law or art criticism: once upon a time, it was a real academic discipline. Much of the arts and sciences faculty puts considerable effort into persuading us that they should all be fired in the interests of intellectual and moral seriousness.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Isn’t this analogous to that Matt Damon movie he made about weapons of mass destruction that he couldn’t find?

  • deplorabledave

    The only reason to read this would have been to read the comments, alas…

    • Micky C.

      Entertaining, and bat-shit crazy. Good call dave.

  • Hard Little Machine

    that’s some dumb shit right there.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Mike Pence’s strategy to avoid the appearance of impropriety is sound.
    There’s a reason why I am not friends with any of my ex-girlfriends especially since I am married.

    • WalterBannon

      There is a better reason for not being friends with ex-girlfriends

      1. The reason why they are an ex-girlfriend
      2. They became a girl “friend” in the first place was because of the sexual attraction, i.e. chemistry, not because they were friend material
      3. In absence of the sex motivation, what is there left? If they had become a good friend you would probably not have broken up with them.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I have to argue that my wife is my best friend because that’s what she is supposed to be.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Notice that I put a d on the suppose.

        • Frances

          That’s part of the malarkey about how one’s spouse is supposed to be one’s soul mate, total confidante, best friend, etc., etc. It doesn’t work that way, and often the best marriages are when two people love one another but agree that they have different interests, etc., and that they will continue to pursue said interests during their marriage.

          Or, to quote the comment from my parents’ generation, when the husband was retiring: “I married your for better or for worse, but NOT for lunch”. Said comment was usually accompanied by advice – usually for the engineers – that rearranging the kitchen cupboards to be “more efficient” was NOT a wise idea.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            That’s amazing.

          • Frances

            That generation generally hung together, and – so far as I can remember – enjoyed a happy retirement. Do wish you and your wife a long and happy – if occasionally interesting – life together.

  • Glad to know that IDF are neither rapists, nor find Arab women interesting as rape victims! Both are something to be proud of.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Besides, Israeli Jewish women are infinitely more beautiful, generally speaking.