Monday, May 22, 2006

The post wherein I cite a famous economist to gain a small amount of vindication and, in the process, make a few jokes

From Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's bestselling Freakonomics:
Women’s rights advocates, for instance, have hyped the incidence of sexual assault, claiming that one in three American women will in their lifetime be a victim of rape or attempted rape. (The actual figure is more like one in eight—but the advocates know it would take a callous person to publicly dispute their claims.)
These types of stats are casually tossed around at K-State by the sundry anti-rape campaigns/coalitions/groups/night-take-backers/alliances/marches/protests/group peyote sessions/bonds/leagues/federations/Jedi Councils/etc. I tried pointing out the utter ridiculousness and falsity of such statistic once, in one of my columns, but of course it didn't make it past the copy editors. So, might as well throw it in now:
One in four women will be raped by the time they graduate from college?!?! That’s almost 25%! C’mon Take Back the Night, 85% of people know that if you’re going to make up statistics to scare people, you should at least make ‘em sound real.
Iddn't dat funny? I actually did some research at the time and found that the stat was utterly bogus. But, y'know, if its a good cause, truth can be created. I guess TBtN figures if only they have a powerful enough statistic then we will all join hands and end rape. Hm. Makes sense.

So, to that end, and as a peace offering to the anti-rape intifada, I offer this NEW! IMPROVED! statistic for use: "5 out of every 1 woman, or woman-shaped object, has been sexually assaulted. DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY."

Feel free to use it. It's yours. Go ahead. Don't be shy.


Blogger Logan C. Adams said...

I understand it now, but you might want to explain it to Roy.

6:28 PM  

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