Rage Against White Women?
By Rod Van Mechelen
Why are women so vulnerable to sexual predators who spread AIDS? Does the emasculation of men have anything to do with it?
Paying the Piper?
2004 Olympia, Wash. - As many as a dozen women may have been infected with HIV by one man:
At least eight more women have been added to the list of alleged victims who were exposed to HIV through unprotected sex with Anthony E. Whitfield, prosecutors said Monday. - More charges filed against HIV suspect, by Scott Gutierrez, The Olympian, Tuesday, April 2, 2004
Authorities believe that Whitfield, who officially tested positive for HIV in August 2003, may have had the condition since 1992, and that he has exposed dozens of women to the lethal virus during that time:
Police and prosecutors in Western Washington want to know how long did Anthony Whitfield know he had HIV and continue to have unprotected sex with women?
How could this happen? Obviously, Whitfield, who has led a very promiscuous life, felt no responsibility to inform or protect the dozens of women he has been with. His case also renews the question of whether the time has come to set aside the concern for privacy, in a non-judgmental way register the people who are infected with HIV, treat their condition as a public health hazard, and monitor their activities to protect against the spread of AIDS. But beyond all that, with the pervasive messages promoting "safe sex" and warning against promiscuous behaviors that put people at risk, why are so many women vulnerable to predators like Whitfield?
A woman in his home state of Oklahoma says she can answer that question. She claims Whitfield knew ten years ago. ‑ Ashley knew Whitfield as 'Tony' in Oklahoma City. She says a mutual friend set them up and they dated a short time. After they broke up, one of his friends told her Tony has HIV. -- Woman Tried To Stop Man From Spreading HIV, by Leslie Knopp, KOMO TV, April 1, 2004
There are a lot of reasons for this, including the sexual revolution of the 1970s that began tearing down public morals, and the black rage against whites that has been cultivated and encouraged by liberals and racists (Whitfield is black and all of his victims appear to be white women), but part of the answer is that predatory behavior has been both romanticized and diluted at the same time that men have been emasculated.
Sexual Savages vs. The Nice Guys
Feminists have created the public perception that masculinity is, by definition, predatory. In this way, they have diluted the danger, watering it down by telling women that every male, from 6-year-old boys to 60-year-old grandfathers, are sexual savages, merciless thugs who rape, dominate and oppress women. But this has the effect of putting all women at even greater risk, because if all men are bad, then the subtle message women hear is that there is no way to pick and choose a good man. So why bother? Just go with the guy who is most exciting. And in music and movies, on television and in popular culture, bad men have been romanticized ever since James Dean made hearts throb with his performance in Rebel Without a Cause.
The emasculation of men has also wreaked havoc with sexual relations by causing most men, who would make decent mates, to withdraw in confused uncertainty from the fact that they don't know how to behave toward women. Our bodies tell us to behave with confidence and affection toward women, that we should express sexual appreciation for the female form and feminine behavior, but feminists, society and the law tell us that if we do, we can be charged with sexual harassment and rape, and the family court system tells us that if we get married we are likely to lose hearth and home, contact with our children, and that we will spend decades in servitude to an ungrateful ex-wife in the event that she decides to divorce.
So men have retreated, and in doing so they have created a vacuum into which predators, like Whitfield, find plenty of easy victims:
"Men need to approach women more often," said Sam, 32. "Here, they seem to want to wait until someone falls in their laps."
Sane Sexual Selection
"It's a Seattle phenomenon," added Julie, 34. "In other towns, like New Orleans and L.A., men have no problem coming up to women."
"Here, there's been a lot of smiling and walking by," Sam said, describing her night at Falling Waters. "And while I'd have no problem chatting with someone, I want them to initiate."
"It's a test!" the duo declared. -- Does single in Seattle have to mean solitary?, Seattle Times, April 26, 2001
Women are angry that men don't act like men, anymore, and this makes them vulnerable to any man who does: Part of the answer to this, obviously, is for women to take more responsibility by having realistic expectations of men, by treating men like people rather than predators, and by reading Dr. Laura Schlessinger's book, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, which is a great place to start putting sanity back into the process of sexual selection.
Rod Van Mechelen
Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ Backlash.com. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.