Get the drinks in, you big slut

So we’re seeing some great journalism at the moment, aren’t we? If the gay community aren’t defending their ‘sleazy’ lifestyle in light of this widely read national column, then we have this smunt poncing around staring death in the face and egging on his readership to ‘froth at the mouth’ and wet themselves. But hey, both are examples of particularly poorly presented opinion, and if you were lucky enough to be born into favourable circumstance then you too could have a national platform from which to air your homophobic views and/or penchant for shooting animals in the lung.

This stunning example of McJournalism, however, is not opinion, it’s a ‘news’ piece. The very same Brain Centre that published Moir’s bigoted soap box whinge, The Daily Mail, is now suggesting that, you know what? Date rape isn’t really that big a deal and cases of drinks spiking are essentially unheard of. And that headline? Perfect. Just the right about of twattish patronising disregard for such a serious issue.

Granted, these ‘findings’ have come from two doctors from the University of Kent, so The Daily Mail would say that they are merely reporting on science. A science that suggests that “Date-rape drugs are largely an urban myth used as an excuse by women who booze themselves into a stupor,” and that women would rather claim they’ve been spiked than admit how much they’ve had to drink.

To prove this, The Mail notes that “police have found no evidence that rape victims are commonly drugged with substances such as rohypnol…

“Dr Burgess said: ‘There have hardly been any cases where it has been proved that sedatives such as rohypnol and GHB have been used in a rape incident’.”

Yet it is a well established fact that common date rape drugs leave the body quickly, which can, as this article suggests, “leave no trace of a crime”. Factor in many women’s reluctance to immediately report rape crimes for fear of not being taken seriously  (if they report them at all, given such low conviction rates) – which is, sadly, a widely recognised failing of the British Police Force – and it’s not a tremendous surprise that there are so few cases proven to involve the use of sedatives.

But none of this matters to The Mail, who have specifically chosen to report on this matter in such a way as to suggest that women that are nothing more than lairy piss artists that would rather cry “stranger danger” than ‘fess up to their binge drinking.

Burgess then questions, in a yep-I-think-that’s-pretty-sexist manner, why, despite this ‘evidence’, date rape continues to be such a prolific topic on virtually every TV soap opera:

“Maybe that tells us something about the programmes these women are watching. But it is concerning that women are more concerned about something that is incredibly unlikely ever to happen to them.”

Why is it a concern that women are concerned about being spiked? Why should it be a ‘concern’? All those government campaigns for watching your drinks and investments in anti-spiking devices were just for shits and giggles were they? Ladies! It’ll probably never happen to you, so don’t bother your pretty little heads over it. Just watch your programmes like good dears, eh?

As ‘Gordon’ from the USA points out in the comments section, “A study was done, data was collected, facts were presented. That’s all there is to it.” True, a study was done and its findings have been presented. But that’s not all there is to it, and it’s the absence of the countering facts, as detailed above, that have rendered this article and The Mail once again figures of loathing in the minds of decent journalists everywhere.

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2 thoughts on “Get the drinks in, you big slut

  1. I really really don’t understand the Mail. It seems to offend everybody, all the time, frequently contradicting itself just to provoke responses like this. It’s the ultimate car-crash journalism, and the fact that Janet Street-Porter is a columnist just says it all. Well said Rachel. But as long as the Mail is around, it gives decent writers a small egoboost and gives me something to wrap my food waste in.

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