Paul Nungesser, the German student studying at the University of Columbia who was falsely accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz (a.k.a. mattress girl), is suing Columbia University, its president and trustees and the visual arts professor that allowed Emma Sulkowicz’s mattress project to go forward. This law suit is necessary because all these people aided and abetted Emma Sulkowicz’s false rape accusation. However, there are two names missing from this list, Emma Sulkowicz herself, and Democrat senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been harassing Nungesser and calling him a rapist despite being exonerated by both Columbia University and the police.
Why are Sulkowicz and Gillibrand not being sued by Nungesser? It’s because they’re women. Too many men, have internalized “never hit a girl” to a point where they can’t hold a woman responsible for her actions. I suspect this is the case with Nungesser (or his lawyer). While there’s a long list of people who aided and abetted Sulkowicz who deserved to be sued into homelessness, they were all acting on the behalf of Sulkowicz, not the other way around.
I have noticed that in many cases when a woman does something evil and/or illegal, there is a search for the man behind her who is “really” running things. Unfortunately, #GamerGate provides a good example. A lot of gamergaters believe that Jonathan McIntosh, Anita Sarkeesian’s partner at Feminist Frequency, is really running the show and that Sarkeesian is just a puppet. While I’m sure McIntosh is glad to have Sarkeesian as the public face of Feminist Frequency and does contribute his share, Sarkeesian contributes her share as well. She is not McIntosh’s puppet, and all the gamergaters who believe this are doing is giving Sarkeesian an out if she decides to cash out. Sarkessian is her own agent, so she is responsible for the lies she has told. She needs to be held accountable for that.
The same thing exists in conspiracy theory. Women are never agents of their own. They’re always agents of the Jews, the bankers, aliens, or demons (who are all conveniently described as men). It’s the same with traditionalist conservatives too.
What all of these groups have in common is that they’re working hard at avoiding the reality that they need to fight women. If Nungesser is successful in his lawsuit, it will only help on the margins. It may convince a few men not to aid and abet the criminal activity of women like Sulkowicz. However, it won’t change the mind of most manginas since they will be more than happy to be martyrs for women. To stop false rape accusations and everything else women do, we need to attack the source of the problem. That means going after women’s lackeys is not enough. We need to go after women.