From Brendan O’Neill at Spiked:
The piece [against “Mockingbird”] is full of the usual guff, about how Harper Lee’s classic is an “adult fairytale” unfit for younger children, how its use of the N-word could make black schoolkids feel insecure, etc, etc. But there’s something else in the article, too, something that makes it noteworthy in the current, rape-culture-obsessed moment: its concern that Lee’s book might discourage people from believing women who say they’ve been raped.
It says one of the big problems with Mockingbird is that it “complicates the modern ‘believe victims’ movement”. As most people educated in a school in the Anglosphere over the past 30 or 40 years will know, Lee’s tale focuses on siblings Scout and Jem and their dad Atticus, a lawyer who defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman called Mayella. Mayella is lying. She made sexual advances to Tom, for which she was severely punished by her father, and so she and her father concoct a story about Tom raping her. Atticus encourages people to disbelieve this woman who says she’s been raped. And that’s bad, apparently. These days anyway. Letting schoolgirls read this book will fuel their “growing suspicion that people don’t believe girls who say they have been raped”, says the NBC News piece. It makes us think there is “reason to doubt” rape accusers. More.
Reality check: The “believe victims” movement demands that we suspend disbelief in any situation where progressive politics demands victims. Accepting their premises is a moral choice for evil.
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