Important men are dropping like flies today from charges of misconduct. As I write this, Matt Lauer (closet lefty) and Garrison Keeler (bodacious big-mouth lefty) are sitting home writing their memoirs, having followed their buds Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey into obscurity. Of course, they haven’t taken down the true, teflon-coated Big Dog of sexual harassment yet, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, whose Klingon partner says, “Oh, that’s all been adjudicated. It’s all in the past.” Well everything that has ever happened on Earth is in the past, dearie! What a hypocrite.
I’m interested in the day when a bunch of men come forward with charges against a prominent woman, an actress or politician or corporate CEO. In theory, it could happen, although I believe men and women have subtly different points of view about being harassed.
In the 1990 movie Misery, an author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels. He comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. Woman abusing man. I can just see the leftie femiNazis — “Oh, yeah!” — headed to Netflix or Starz and pulling out the popcorn.
According to a September 2014 study by the International Center for Prison Studies, nearly a third of all women in prison around the world are in U.S. jails. The total number of women in U.S. prisons and jails in 2013 was 213,700. That’s about 10 percent of the population of men in U.S. jails at that time, which was 2,492,400.
Between 2000 and 2010, the number of men in lock-up grew by 1.4 percent per year; the number of women grew by 1.9 percent per year. Over this period of time, the female proportion of folks in jail was increasing.
Hispanic women go to jail at twice the rate of white women; black women go to jail at four times the rate of white women. The media tell us it’s all about drugs. It even sounds like they’re blaming white women for being so namely pamby and obeying the law … or the media claims it’s “discrimination” (are you as damn sick of that word as I am?). Drugs — as if they’re a good thing, like breast feeding — and miserable, low-life (probably conservative, rural or small town Republican) tough-on-crime politicians picking on poor and pregnant “women of color.”
According to our friends at the FBI, women have lower arrest rates than men for practically all crime categories except prostitution (and most feminists don’t think prostitution should be a crime). Aside from prostitution, though, our female criminals tend to specialize in property crimes: larceny-theft, fraud, forgery and embezzlement. Female arrests for these crime categories have been as high as 30 to 40 percent.
I’m not ragging on women. Not at all and — bragging a wee bit, I’ve been in fistfights to defend them — guys who take advantage of and harass women should face the consequences. Women should not be afraid of calling out abusers.
Where I’m going with this is that when we talk or think about a thug or a criminal or some abusive punk, we automatically think of a man. When we go to the range, we shoot at targets of grizzled men pointing guns at us. But 11 percent of U.S. murders are committed by women. Not just the California Muslim mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook or the Florida killer Aileen Wuronos. And they all can’t be secretly abused women who finally snap.
So you’re in a crowd and you’re carrying and people start running and someone screams and you look around … for the man who’s causing the trouble. Or you return home from the grocery store and your front door is wide open and you suspect someone is in the house so you watch … for the man who’s burgling your wife’s jewelry or breaking into your gun safe. But this is tunnel vision and, while it would be right most of the time, it could just be your luck that yours is one of the 10 percent.
I predict that during the next decade, the number of women in jail is going to rise much faster than men. Maybe it’s an equal opportunity thing, but if you’re carrying, you have to keep your mind clear to the possibilities.
NOTE: Did you know there was a difference between a jail and a prison? The U.S. Dept. of Justice says, “Jails are locally operated short-term facilities that hold inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both, and inmates sentenced to a term of less than one year, typically misdemeanants. Prisons are longer-term facilities run by the state or the federal government that typically hold felons and persons with sentences of more than one year. Definitions may vary by state.” Heck, I didn’t even know there was such a word as “misdemeanants!”
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