Dating a nonbeliever

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As the old saying goes, once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.The enigma is complicated by the observation that it’s usually feminist activists who are most instrumental in taking these stories viral.The International Business Times, in what I can only assume is an attempted pun, describes them as “drowning in backlash”. Daily Banter says it’s “exactly why everyone hates PETA”.Jezebel calls them “assholes”, and we can all agree Jezebel knows a thing or two about assholery.Vegan Outreach is an extremely responsible charity doing excellent and unimpeachable work in the same area PETA is. Everybody has heard of PETA, precisely because of the interminable stupid debates about “did this publicity stunt cross the line? Everybody’s talking about PETA, which is sort of like everybody talking about ethical treatment of animals, which is sort of a victory.

Like the diamond example, this signaling is more effective if it centers upon something otherwise useless.If you want to signal how strongly you believe in taking victims seriously, you talk about it in the context of the least credible case you can find.But aside from that, there’s the PETA Principle (not to be confused with the Peter Principle).It’s not some conspiracy of pro-rape journalists choosing the most dubious accusations in order to discredit public trust.It’s people specifically selecting these incidents as flagship cases for their campaign that rape victims need to be believed and trusted.

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