Myths: an illustration

Wikileaks may be discredited in the eyes of the mainstream media, but as we said recently, the myths still persist – including damaging myths about rape. Here’s a twitter interaction that borders on the bizarre at times, but the message is fairly simple and clear: the other person has a strong opinion about the Assange case, but refuses point blank to actually read any evidence. This actually illustrates very well why this website is here, and why the myths still need to be countered.

On the emails to Vivianne Westwood about her t-shirt:


On that Rixstep link – the full opinion:


On being told exactly where to find the most problematic text in the article – a rape myth – and note the lack of detailed knowledge of the actions of the plaintiffs:


On the rape myth being explained:


On being asked if they condemn the Rixstep article:


On being asked to clarify so they can be represented fairly:


Emphasising that they did not look at the evidence put before them:


But the tweeter seems familiar with Rixstep, which may explain his views..


This one may be ironic:


This one is quite puzzling:

.. because I did, a couple of times (see previous tweets).  So I decided to use this conversation as an illustration of the problem and asked for a summary – normal practice.

Perhaps not compelling – but certainly illustrative of the problem: too many people form an opinion without bothering (or in fact outright refusing) to read around the subject and get the facts for themselves. As ever, we urge people to read not only this site, but other sites – and always go back to the primary sources. We don’t, in all honesty, see how anyone can possibly hold a strong opinion until they have done this – yet we see time and time again this very thing.

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