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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

"Porn Up, Rape Down" v. "Reducing Rape with an Eraser"

Northwestern LawProf Anthony D'Amato's essay Porn Up, Rape Down is taking a beating by scholars who call the essay "jingoist zealotry" based on statistics that "don't reflect what is truly happening in sex related crimes."  According to Dr. Judith Reisman, president of the Institute for Media Education and author of Kinsey, Crimes, & Consequences, rape stats may be lower, but the reduction is a consequence of unreported incidents and law enforcement agencies either under-reporting their crime stats to the FBI or reclassifying sex crimes with "non-crime codes." More from WorldNetDaily. . . [Michele Berry]

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Oh, so basically, someone writes an essay based on some statistics, and people say he is wrong based on no statistics and insult him. Does this pass for scholarship?

Posted by: S.cotus | Sep 13, 2006 9:46:40 AM

At best, Dr. Judith Reisman is one "scholar" -- singular. And that's being generous.

Her "Institute for Media Education " is a right-wing propaganda machine no different than, say, Focus on the Family.

The fact that you're linking to WorldNetDaily should have given you a clue to that.

Posted by: KipEsquire | Sep 13, 2006 10:39:08 AM

In response: Yeah, yeah, I know. Google "Al Gerhardstein" that's who I work for. So I'm conscious of propoganda attacks. But it's nice to link to some of the extreme perspectives sometimes--it generates discussion and shows people what's out there...And, come on, admit it. Anything porn-related is just asking for a pun like "takes a beating."

Posted by: Michele Berry | Sep 15, 2006 7:05:02 AM

The statistics I used in the article factored in every one of Dr. Judith Reisman's "objections." S.cotus (above) is quite right.

-- Tony D'Amato

Posted by: Anthony D'Amato | Oct 29, 2006 4:53:44 AM

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