jeff A, unfortunately, people like Ronnie and ire are "what gives". Men like Ronnie want to trivialize the victimization of men and preserve their stereotype of men as always ready, eager, and willing, and suffering no emotional harm. Women like Object want to always insist that women have exclusive claim on being victims of sexual abuse and will always dismiss incidents as a "blip" - you'll notice that the idea that THIS may be grossly underreported doesn't enter their minds.
Notice Object is always about getting empirical data when it comes to women being abused, etc., but when it comes to men, she assures us that we can "safely assume" things. Interesting that.
Unavailable, does that rule work in reverse as well? Must we always mention female abusers whenever male abusers are mentioned? Just checking.
And why must we mention male abusers? Object has assured us that we can "safely assume" that men do it much more to females, so apparently that's common knowledge.
BTW, I'd LOVE to see the reaction if a man said "Don't worry too much about it" concerning women being sexually abused.
Sarah, thanks for the sane and sensible views. While I do STRONGLY suspect that men have and still do outnumber women as molesters and rapists (and CERTAINLY do as VIOLENT rapists), I am also informed by my mom, a Psycho-therapist who treats sex abuse survivors, that's she's increasingly having male clients with female perps. And she's hearing similar things at conferences.
It IS anecdotal, but it is enough to make me hesitant concerning what we can 'safely assume".
Unavailable, did ANYONE say it was FEMINISTS molesting boys?
I am not offended by the suggestion that males molesting females outnumber females molesting men. As I said, I strongly suspect it's true. I do however question the idea that we should never ever report discuss women committing crimes without an obligatory, "By the way, men still do it more".
Wolf makes a good point. Two of the individuals who have received coverage have displayed behavior that would definitely suggest a BPD diagnosis (But don't forget that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a differential diagnosis there.)