A former practicing lawer and industrial-strength influential in the tech world, Arrington doesn't take crap. He doesn't have to.
So, when his former girlfriend Jennifer Allen went public with allegations of everything from Arrington's rape of another woman to emotional abuse of herself, the world was all-ears. You don't take on Arrington lightly.
After taking other non-legal steps, Arrington filed a lawsuit against Allen for defamation. The rape allegation, of course, was the most dangerous to reputation. Well, as Alyson Shontell reports in Business Insider, that lawsuit has been dropped.
As Arrington wrote on his blog, notes Shontell, Allen "retracted her statement and apologized." Here is the BI coverage.
Activists focused on improving the world may be deciding that the rape meme, from the get-go, has not been built on the strongest of platforms.
For example, Laura Dunn, who has become iconic in media for having been a victim of campus rape, was drunk at the time. Come on, from the beginning of time, mothers have been telling their daughters about not allowing themselves to be in a vulnerable state in the presence of males. Intoxication makes females very vulnerable indeed.
Secondly, most alleged rapes happen in private, with no witnesses other than the two parties. Therefore, there is so much she said, he said. Supposed physical evidence of assault could have been the result of rough sex.
And, third, the limited resources of activism might be better leveraged in the cause of protecting children from child molestation. Research and experience, such as sitting in 12-step speaker meetings, show that is all too common and the trauma gets baked into the victim's wiring.
Females, at least in the U.S., are not innately helpless against rape. There are common sense precautions, such as hanging out and walking in groups. Also, forget getting drunk in mixed company. Children are defenseless.