The Magazine

The Noble Lie, Feminist Style

False accusations of rape are more common than you think.

Aug 1, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 43 • By CATHY YOUNG
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

In 1977, when feminists were waging a nationwide battle for legal reforms to improve the treatment of rape victims, Columbia University law professor Vivian Berger—generally a supporter of these reforms—cautioned against “sacrificing legitimate rights of the accused person on the altar of Women’s Liberation.” Today, that warning remains as relevant as ever.

Cathy Young is a contributing editor to Reason magazine and a columnist for

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 20 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers