If there is one consistant theme in David Futrelle’s writings of the 1990’s it is child abuse apologia. Several of these articles have been discussed in the men’s rights sphere recently, but one very important piece, actually published by Salon, has still yet to be raised. In the article, entitled ‘Sex and the Single Girl’, Futrelle appears to make the astonishing suggestion that statutory rape victims as young as 13 should be encouraged to marry the adults who raped them, who themselves would escape prison.
(TRIGGER WARNINGS) : http://www.salon.com/1996/09/09/news_536/
One wonders what Pat would have thought of the Orange County, Calif., social workers who have been helping teenage girls in their charge — some of them as young as 13 — to get married to the men who have impregnated them, rather than trying to get the men arrested on charges of statutory rape.
The story has become a roiling controversy. Imagine! A government agency serving as a matchmaker for sexual predators! “Helping pregnant 13-year-olds to marry the men who have physically and sexually abused them will result not only in continued abuse of the adolescent, but there is strong evidence that it will soon result in abuse to the child,” a professor of social work complained in an angry letter to the Los Angeles Times. “And when the marriage ends with additional children and more abuse, will Orange County Social Services create a dating service for abusive men to cycle them into new relationships with troubled adolescents?”
Questions like these prompted Orange County (one of the most Republican in the country) to retreat from its matchmaker role. But the details of the cases cause one to pause a moment. Thirteen-year-old Isabel Gomez told social workers she truly loved her 20-year-old boyfriend. Isabel’s mother — herself only 29 — is convinced her daughter’s troubled life has improved dramatically since he stepped into her life.
Since the marriage, she told the Los Angeles Times, “everything is much better.”
The situation, admittedly, is far from ideal. But would Isabel Gomez be better served if the father of her child was behind bars?
That’s a harder question to answer. Two-thirds of all teen
pregnancies involve adult men, and we can’t put them all in jail.
This was written by the same schizoid man who is threatening libel action over the suggestion that when he said Victorian feminists ‘used co-ercive strategies to control the sexual behaviour of young girls’, what he meant was that Victorian feminists ‘used co-ercive strategies to control the sexual behaviour of young girls’ – i.e. raised the age of consent from 12/13 to 16 in order to end child prostitution.
Perhaps David Futrelle needs to either shut up or simply apologize to his feminist readers for the things he wrote in the 1990’s. As well as to Warren Farrell.