Rape hoaxer at the University of Wyoming

Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 10.45.54 PMMeg Lanker-Simmons, a student at the University of Wyoming, was apparently the target of a vicious post on the University’s Facebook page. The Laramie Boomerang described the post this way:

It described Lanker-Simons as “that chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it.”

The post also referenced a graphic, sexual act against the woman.

“One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican (expletive),” the post read.

The post against Lanker-Simons created a stir on social media and at the university. School officials issued several statements denouncing the message, and campus police opened an investigation.

The student who left the post was soon identified and given a citation.  The name of the student who posted this hate-filled attack on Ms. Lanker-Simons was…Ms. Lanker-Simons.  Turns out she’s a left-wing activist student who once sued the University when it refused to allow domestic terrorist, former member of the Weather Underground, and Obama confidant Bill Ayers the right to speak on campus.  A federal judge ordered the University to rescind its decision.  Ayers no longer kills people with bombs, he just corrupts the minds of college students and that’s protected by the First Amendment.

Rape statistics on college campuses are always relative to the particular cause under discussion.  If the topic is how superior women are to men, then the campus is rampant with rapists.  When a female student wants to carry a firearm to protect herself from all the rapists on campus she is told that the campus is very secure and in the unlikely event that anyone tries to rape her, she should urinate or vomit on them.

So what explains the need for a female student like Meg Lanker-Simons to fake a rape threat?  James Taranto has an interesting take on this.  First, he raises an issue that comes from the books of Robert Ardrey.  Taranto writes:

We’ve been reading “The Territorial Imperative,” playwright-turned-anthropologist Robert Ardrey’s brilliant and engaging 1966 survey of animal behavior, including the behavior of that species of great ape that calls itself Homo sapiens.

I was thrilled and delighted to read this sentence from so eminent a thinker and writer as James Taranto because when Ardrey’s book came out in 1966, when I was at the tender age of 21, I was an instant and ardent fan of it.  I thought for many years that I must have been the only person who ever read it because I never found anyone else who had ever heard of it and it was never mentioned in anything else I read.  Anyway, I soaked it up and remembered it and most of what it says from then until this day.

Ardrey posits a modified form of the Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of innate human needs.  While Maslow identifies five levels of innate needs, Ardrey simplifies it to just three: security, stimulation and identity.  He says to think of these things in terms of their opposites: anxiety, boredom, and anonymity.  These must also be seen in the right order.  The satisfaction of one leads to the rise of the next one, but until then it is dormant.  Thus, one does not need stimulation if one is anxious.  Anxiety from hunger or threats to one’s safety pretty well excludes any need for further stimulation.  With a full stomach and a roof over our heads we now need stimulation but until that need is satisfied we probably aren’t concerned with our identity or sense of belonging to something. But give us a stimulating environment and plenty of sustenance and we start to wonder who we are, where and what we belong to, and are a part of.

An easy way some people satisfy their identity needs is to belong to a victim group.  Thus, the rise of feminism and rape hoaxers like Meg Lanker-Simons.  This is a dysfunctional way of achieving one’s sense of identity because it leads to such a lack of fulfillment in all sorts of other ways.  Especially when you get caught.

James Taranto explains it this way:

Oppression of minorities, and certainly of women, scarcely exists in America in the 21st century. Genuine hate crimes happen, but they are very rare. Few societies in history have offered more security to the previously downtrodden. But the presence of security only makes the need for identity and stimulation more pressing. Hate-crime hoaxes are an extreme way of meeting those needs.

NOTE: Robert Ardrey died in 1980 at the age of 72.  He also wrote The Social Contract.  Both books have been out of print for years, but good used copies sell for top dollar.  My copies were with me for many years but alas, they’ve disappeared.

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