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Re: "Biased towards men" (Was Re: Divorce Post-Mortem (long))

From ads.com!sparkyfs.erg.sri.com!noose.ecn.purdue.edu!samsung!uakari.primate.wisc.edu!crdgw1!uunet!microsoft!allenwe Fri Feb 22 17:17:28 PST 1991
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>From: allenwe@microsoft.UUCP (Allen WELLS)
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Subject: Re: "Biased towards men" (Was Re: Divorce Post-Mortem (long))
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Date: 16 Feb 91 00:02:59 GMT
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In article <666544069@grad17.cs.duke.edu> gazit@duke.cs.duke.edu (Hillel Gazit) writes:
>1) You compare criminal law and civilian law. In criminal law the state
> should prove, *beyond any reasonable doubt*, that the defendant is guilty.
> Asking men to prove, *beyond any reasonable doubt*,
> that they can be better parents is not equivalent.

Hillel - here you skirt around the real issue, but don't quite hit
it. Let me aim this a little closer.

Half of all US men go through divorce court. Their lives, and the
lives of the rest of men as well, are strongly influenced by the way
that this court acts. These men have done nothing wrong - at least
they have done no more wrong then their wives. They are not
criminals. They are not being judged.

This system is extremely biased against them, and this is a type of
sexism that directly affects men as a class.

The criminal system is much different. First, only alleged
criminals ever go through the system. Unless the system isn't
working, those convicted HAVE done something wrong - and they are
being ordered to pay for it.

The criminal system has two possible errors - false positives and
false negatives. False positives (convictions of innocent people)
directly impacts people who have not done anything wrong. In the
case of rape, all the false positives are likely to be men - therefore
the system is convicting innocent men. This IS a bias of the court
against men. Understandable, given the fact that most of the guilty
rapists are men - but innocent men should not have to pay the price
for rapists just because they are also men.

The original poster seems to be implying somehow that false negatives
(guilty rapists who do not get conficted) is somehow a bias of the
court system that favors men, and that this bias somewhat balances
the bias against men in domestic court. This could not be farther
from the truth. INNOCENT men who are NOT rapists get absolutely NO
BENEFIT from a system that lets guilty rapists free, ONLY RAPISTS
get this benefit. On the contrary - the innocent man could be
the next rape victim, or a close loved one of his. The only way you
can justify this as a bias toward men is if you subscribe to the
theory that 'all men are rapists'.

There are two valid cases for bias in the court treatment of alleged

- The first is if the legal system treats the same crime against one
gender differently than crimes against the other. In this case, if it
is more difficult to prosecute a rape whose victim is a woman than it
is to prosecute a rape whose victim is a man, then a valid case for bias
against women can be made.

- The second is if the legal system treats the same crime committed by
one gender differently than crimes committed by the other. In this
case, if it is more difficult to prosecute a rape committed by a man
than it is to prosecute a rape committed by a woman, then a valid
case for bias against women can be made.

In BOTH of these cases, the reality seems to be the other way
around. Rapes involving female rapists or male victims are
underrepresented in the convictions that occur compared to estimates
of the frequency with which they occur.

This is why I was surprised to see rape listed as an area which is
'biased toward men' in the court system.
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