After my post yesterday about Mike Cernovich’s idiotic recommendations — he claimed, and I quote,
If you’re a straight man, you will not get HIV — he’s been firing back pathetically.
One thing he tried to do is claim that while I cited multiple sources that explain that yes, White Man, you can get HIV from unprotected sex, he says that because he cited the CDC, and I didn’t, he wins. Nope. The CDC does not claim that White Man cannot get HIV. There’s a ranking of vulnerability, but because white men having sex with women is low on the list does not mean or imply that you have zero risk. The CDC is not in the business of handing out cards legitimizing irresponsible behavior.
The other thing he’s doing is throwing about wild accusations, including this one:
After a woman accused PZ Myers of rape, he bullied her into silence, violating Title IX in the process. Details: http://t.co/kA0gHCkvP8
— Mike Cernovich (@PlayDangerously) March 2, 2015
After a woman accused PZ Myers of rape, he bullied her into silence, violating Title IX in the process.
One has to wonder…what does that have to do with Cernovich’s misuse of CDC data? He’s a lawyer, he should know the irrelevancy of bringing in that charge.
It’s also a grossly dishonest accusation. It’s based entirely on an exchange I reported of an unfortunate encounter with a student — they have no witnesses for their dishonest extensions of the story, because they’re entirely confabulations of their own bizarre obsessions.
Here’s the facts. A desperate student threatened to threaten me with public accusations of sexual behavior if I didn’t give her a good grade. My response was to immediately leave my office, check in with a women graduate student next door and ask her to talk with the student, and then went to my administrator to explain the situation. I moved fast because hanging about and arguing about the situation would have been pointless, and also would have given an opportunity to claim prolonged private contact. My chair requested some assistance from a woman faculty member, and they met with the student to get her story.
I was not there. I had basically recused myself from further involvement. There was no “bullying” — I did not tell the student to do anything, and had no further conversation with her about the accusation in any way. I placed the entire problem in the lap of the university administrators, who made sure that people who could be sympathetic, or at least objective, about her claims were present. She was given ample opportunity to talk freely about the situation, without me present.
I later heard second-hand that she’d retracted the accusation, and that there was no punishment or penalty. That was the end of it.
Now some fuckwits like to claim that I was somehow out to avoid investigation, when my entire response was to 1) remove the possibility that I was engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student by getting the hell out, and 2) be completely open and honest about the situation and allow third parties to handle it.
I don’t know why these morons are bringing up Title IX. You can read about sexual harassment and Title IX, and nothing I did was in violation. I was threatened in private, I stepped away from further engagement, and brought in official representatives of the university, to whom she could have made a public, official complaint. She chose not to, because her claims were false, she would not be able to support them, and I had taken steps to make sure that there wasn’t even an opportunity for her to claim I’d attacked her.
But this claim that I violated Title IX and bullied a student into silence, with the implication that I’d engaged in sexual misconduct, appears frequently enough, thanks to certain dissembling, obsessed assholes who repeat it with their confabulated slant added to it. Keep in mind that the frauds perpetuating their version of the story have no information to justify their bogus twists: so far, they all even get the university where it occurred completely wrong. They are making shit up.
You will also notice something else: these people who peddle the myth never say what they would do differently. Stepping away from the situation and turning it over to official representatives of the university is exactly what you’re supposed to do, and exactly what should be done under Title IX guidelines.
But there is one silver lining to all of this: nowadays when someone cites this event and spins into it this collection of legendary interpretations from the mouths of liars, I know exactly what kind of contemptible idiot I’m dealing with.