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Pierce Harlan, "false rape" activist, gives up blogging in disgust with fellow MRAs. Then he doesn't.

Some other impressive flip-flops
Some other impressive flip-flops

We’ve seen a lot of epic flip-floppery from Men’s Rightsers in the last few days on the subject of the Occidental College fiasco — that is, for those who haven’t been following it closely, the organized spamming of Occidental’s anonymous online rape reporting form with false reports by Reddit MRAs and 4channers. Notably, the Men’s Rights subreddit mod known as sillymod went from blaming the false reports on trolls one day to hailing them as necessary activism the next.

But a reader has alerted me to an even more epic flip-flop, this one from Pierce Harlan, a blogger obsessed with what he sees as an epidemic of false rape accusations.

Harlan started out as one of the voices of reason — at least by MRA standards — on the Occidental College spamming.  Refraining from the hysteria of his fellow Men’s Rightsers about Occidental College’s anonymous form, he actually pointed out in one post that the form wasn’t being used to punish anyone and that anonymous reporting may be “a necessary evil” in order to get a true picture of the extent of rape.

On Friday, he went further, announcing in a post on his blog The Community of the Wrongly Accused that he was so disgusted with the behavior of his fellow Men’s Rightsers in the Occidental fiasco that he was planning to give up blogging entirely. The phony reports from MRAs, he sadly noted, “did no favors for the wrongly accused,” and this sort of “activism” only served to make MRAs look bad.

[T]he actions of the spammers were misguided at best, puerile and malicious at worst. They’ve given those of us who are trying to raise awareness about these issues in a serious way a black eye. I couldn’t care less how some radical feminist characterizes this incident, my concern is how it plays to middle America — and this can’t be spun in a positive way.

The incident, he wrote, was

the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. We’ve long sought to engage our readers, both here and via Reddit, to take certain actions that we felt could actually make a difference for the wrongly accused. These efforts invariably were met with either a lukewarm response or the sound of crickets chirping. …

Yet, now, someone suggests men’s righters spam a school’s rape reporting site, and for that they come out in droves. Hundreds of false rape reports. …

If we could have had this kind of support for the various initiatives we’ve tried to launch, I think we actually could have made a difference for the wrongly accused. We didn’t.

And so, he concluded in frustration,

the time has come to hand this blog over to others who will continue to raise awareness about the injustices to the wrongly accused. I will continue to follow the issue and offer my two cents on issues I think are important, but I’m not going to run this blog any longer.

Yep. That’s right. MRAs are such shitty “activists” that their most notable and attention-getting work of “activism” since I’ve started this blog drove the MRA most dedicated to that issue to such disgust and despair that he announced he was basically giving up the fight.

But Harlan’s retirement didn’t last long.

Apparently deciding that his camel’s back could handle a bit more straw after all, Harlan quickly took down the post announcing his retirement — though it’s still up, at least for now, in Google cache, and when that goes away, here’s a handy screenshot. (In case you’re not an ant, click to see it full size.)

Community of the Wrongly Accused- The Last Straw 2013-12-21 15-38-19

On Saturday, Harlan came out with a new post suggesting that maybe he’d been wrong to challenge the hysteria of the false-report-submitting MRAs in the first place. Remember that bit from above in which Harlan said that the actions of the false-report spammers “can’t be spun in a positive way[?]” Well, Harlan decided he was going to give it the old college try:

Progressives are having a bona fide conniption over the Reddit Men’s Righters who spammed Occidental College’s anonymous rape reporting system with fake “rape” claims (from what we can tell, they were not really false rape claims, just snarky comments about the injustice of anonymous reporting). The righteous indignation from feminists is deafening. The spam attack, they tell us, is typical men’s rights hysteria, the result of an undeservedly privileged class being stripped of its power.

The men’s righters were out to prove that it’s too easy to abuse the college’s anonymous reporting system. We disagreed with the men’s righters and said we weren’t much concerned about the anonymous reporting system, but the more we read the progressive take on the incident, the more we wonder if we blew the call — maybe we should be concerned..

There was, of course, no reference to his post from the previous day, no acknowledgment that the “activism” he was now defending was the very same “activism” that had led him only one day earlier to decide to quit blogging altogether.

Down the memory hole it went. (But Google cache remembers.)

I guess when you’re a Men’s Rights activist, you have to take what you can get, and incredibly shitty slacktivism is about as good as it gets.

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Rahu
Rahu
8 years ago

@Argenti Aertheri – I’m so sorry that happened to you! Best wishes from this stranger (and hoping that comes across good (as it was meant), and not weird).

And to the bit about cops being so gentle and wonderful – while some are, I would like to add that it took me MANY tries just to get one to listen to me to check out whether or not someone was buried in the grave the rapist meant for me. Forget investigating what happened to me – no, I knew better than to ask for that – I just wanted to make sure there was no one buried there. FINALLY got a good cop to check. (And no, he didn’t bury anyone else there – still, technically, fwiw, my grave.)

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Rahu — doesn’t come across as weird, and consider the sentiment returned, I’m sorry. Would it be weird of me to suggest using the intended grave for something healing? Like planting a tree in it or something. That must be so freaky, knowing there’s still, technically, a grave someone had planned to put you in, I can’t imagine. Please ignore me if that suggestion was out of line, I don’t mean to cause any hurt (not that intent is magic or anything!)

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Fibi, cloudiah — if you want to privately exchange emails, click my nym and use the contact form to give me permission to send the other your email (the form input can be seen by anyone with back end access — all long term boobzers, but idk if you’d want your addy in the Borg back end, whereas sending anything through that form will give your email and then you can talk privately)

If you have each other’s email, just ignore me!

Rahu
Rahu
8 years ago

@Argenti Aertheri – thank you! And I love your suggestion! It’s in a foresty section of a park, so a tree would fit right in. And yeah, it is very freaky, having it. People (not knowing) will say something like the “someone’s walking over your grave” – (you know, the phrase if you suddenly get chills), and I’ll think “hmmm, maybe they’re lost, ’cause it’s well off of the path…”

cloudiah
8 years ago

Isn’t Fibi in Scandihoovia? (Yes, that is what USians call the land of lutefisk and puffins.) Just ship me some metaphorically speaking, and I’m good.

Argenti, are you still needing themes for Femborg? I have some ideas, but my brain is totally fried and I can’t even remember how to login or anything. I actually wanted to write something this month, but then … shit happened.

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Cloudiah — email me, I’ll reset your password. I think we’re doing mental illness for January, but what to do for February came up while discussing January, so feel free to weigh in (once I do the reset obviously). And no idea where Fibi lives.

Rahu — I’m glad my suggestion wasn’t out of line, and sorry that such a random phrase causes such memories.

Why am I watching monsterquest? They’re going to find a way to turn giant catfish into man eaters, catfish are herbivores or bottom feeders, they don’t eat live meat. And please, fucking please, don’t turn the Mekong giant catfish into some trumped up threat, they’re fucking huge, but critically endangered herbivores, the last thing they need is humans killing them out of fear.

Puff got a turtle rest and skull today, they’re soaking in my fish bucket as the turtle rest was COVERED in dusty stuff. I’ll rearrange his tank tomorrow once he’s eaten and is less likely to be all over my hands while I’m moving things that could crush my inquisitive little cutie. Got to oooh and aah at all sorta of cool fish today, including explaining to my mother, brother and his best friend how elephant fish feed. And see an adorably small polypterus and small ctenopoma. I’d love to have a polypterus, but they’re even more demanding than puff. I’m not really up for a foot long carnivore.

Unimaginative
Unimaginative
8 years ago

I’ve never heard of Scandihoovia, but the Swedish & Norwegian side of my family refers to themselves as Scandihooligans.

Healing vibes heading out for Argenti, Rahu, and really, anyone who needs some.

Rahu
Rahu
8 years ago

Thanks, Unimaginative, and thanks again, Argenti Aertheri!

Here’s my contribution to brain bleach – I love this one and hope it hasn’t been used too often here.

http://cheezburger.com/6999630336

kittehserf
8 years ago

That’s one biiiig cushion, Rahu! 🙂

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