10/07/2013 Jonathan Taylor

Feminist Meg Lanker-Simons, famous University of Wyoming rape threat hoaxer, accepts plea deal

Back in May of this year, I made a video covering rape hoaxes by students. In this video I discussed the case of Meg Lanker-Simons (starting at 3:00 in), a student at the University of Wyoming who allegedly posted a rape threat against herself on a school-related Facebook page.

Here it is:

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This post whipped the UW community into a frenzy, spurring rallies against “rape culture” which were featured on television:

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Lanker-Simons was also a prominent blogger with nearly 60,000 followers and has received an award by Think Progress as one of their recognized “Golden Thinkrs” (apparently that’s their way to honor Tumblr bloggers). She dramatized the rape threat as much as she could, blogging about it continuously and saying on Tumblr:

These recent threats – it isn’t just about me. This is about all those people out there shamed into silence by sustained campaigns of aggression because those people, at one time, dared to exist and refused to be quiet. It reinforces rape culture and – as Smith writes – if we don’t talk about it, it doesn’t go away. It just finds a new target.

According to the Caspar Star Tribune, a Wyoming newspaper, “The police obtained a search warrant to search Lanker-Simons’ computer and found [in the police’s words] “substantial evidence” the threat was created on her computer while it was in her possession, according to a media release from the university” (see another news report here).  She then confessed to submitting the post herself, and then retracted her confession.

The probability of evidence was against her. In addition, her character did fit the mold of someone who would, if not fabricate a hate crime, at least assist in one: a bombastic, extremely partisan, highly irrational, obese Feminist blogger who spends a lot of time in humanities departments (yes, those do tend to go together). However, consistent with due process (one of the nine values of this site), I made a point to reserve pronouncing her guilt over the statement, reminding my viewers that the investigation was still underway.

I was kinder to her than much of the online world.

And yet, my suspicions were correct. A recent article in the Laramie Boomerang, a Wyoming publication which also covered the initial story when it broke, has confirmed that Lanker-Simons has accepted a plea deal:

Former University of Wyoming student Meghan Lanker-Simons, now attending law school in a western state, is charged in Circuit Court with interfering with a peace officer, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier in the case.

However, according to a court document, she now intends to change her plea pursuant to an agreement with the state.

Neubauer [her attorney] said his client intends to change her plea to no contest. No contest means the defendant concedes the alleged charge without disputing or admitting guilt, or without offering a defense.

The charge against Lanker-Simons stems from a UW Police Department investigation earlier this year into a graphic, sexual comment made on the Facebook page, UW Crushes.

The comment allegedly targeted Lanker-Simons, describing her as “that chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time.”

“One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican (expletive),” according to the post.

The state and university police alleged Lanker-Simons authored the post.

According to an affidavit by the investigating UW police officer, the IP address used to make the comment was traced back to Lanker-Simons.

A one-day jury trial was slated to begin Oct. 9 in Circuit Court, with Arp presiding.

Attorneys are now working on the specifics of the change of plea and could finalize the agreement within the next 30 days.

Arp ordered Monday the trial be vacated.

In exchange for Lanker-Simons’ plea, Neubauer said the state agrees to recommend the defendant receive a “minimal” fine and no jail time.

This is a classic case of how runaway Feminism harms both sexes. Now, at the University of Wyoming, thanks to Feminist Meg Lanker-Simons, the community will consider future rape threats with heightened skepticism. And they – and every rape victim out there – have her to thank for that. In addition, the anti-male hysteria over the University of Wyoming case was so thick you could cut it with a knife. One profeminist male blogger named Cayce Pollard couldn’t help but present why he (falsely) thought a man would make such a threat against Lanker-Simons:

It’s because we men are weak. We are afraid of sexuality of any kind. And we act out this deep seeded insecurity by violating women, physically and culturally.

I am a Feminist. I am male. I am disgusted by those in my gender—typically younger, college aged—who are so willfully ignorant about any sort of human right that they collapse all that is a woman into her sexuality.

So remember, even if she’s standing topless in the middle of a crowd, smiling seductively while slowly smoking a cigarette, she’s still not “asking” for it. At no point, ever, is she asking for it.

And if you justify your sexual insecurity by mocking her, verbally attacking her, slinging the worst vulgarities at her, she is all the more powerful.

Because we are the weak ones. We have the mutated chromosome. We are nature’s big joke. And, eventually, we will no longer be needed.

Feminism is the radical idea that women are people. Remember that. And remember what a Feminist looks like. They look like me.

Meg Lanker-Simons reblogged this to all her 60,000 followers. Apparently she thought it was a rather insightful statement about male/female relations and male psychology. I couldn’t help but ask a few questions:

One might wonder: when a Feminist makes the claim that men are a “mutation,” that men are “nature’s big joke,” that men are “unnecessary,” is it because such a person believes in the radical notion that women are people, or is it because such a person believes in the notion that men and boys are not people? As usual, I don’t need to tell you the answer. You know it yourself.

He is right about a few things, however. Far too often, this is what a Feminist looks like. He is also correct in reminding us that there are more of them out there than we think. And we are naïve to assume that such people, if left to shape our culture and our institutions as they see fit, will help either sex in the long run.

Meg-Lanker Simons has moved on, having graduated from the University of Wyoming during the same semester that she was arrested for making the false rape threat. But the anti-male culture that produced her is still very much alive at our colleges and universities.

And remember, folks: she’s in law school now. She is going to be practicing law.

 

Update 10/17/13 – the full backstory of Meg Lanker-Simons:

As of right now, this blog post is the very first resulting entry when searching for the name “Meg Lanker Simons” on a Google search engine. I noticed it today when this site received a substantial spike in web traffic. I previously covered this case extensively on a static page (rather than a blog post) on this website in a now-obsolete “AVFMS Videos” section which was found in the menu at the top of this site. The old section, which was a script for this video, is reproduced below, for those of you who would like more resources on this case:

The old post (“Rape Hysteria by Students, Part 3”), posted May 24, 2013:

Meg Lanker-Simons was a very prominent political blogger with 56,000 followers. Her blog Cognitive Dissonance won an award by Think Progress “for liveblogging the entire GOP primaries.” In late April of 2013, when Lanker-Simons was a student at the University of Wyoming, she submitted a post was made to a university Facebook page called “UW Crushes,” a somewhat controversial page where students post which other students they have a crush on. The post read as follows: “I want to hatefuck Meg Lanker-Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think it’s hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican bitch.”

Given the fact that it was posted during April, which Feminists have designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, given the fact that Lanker-Simons was very well-networked, and given that modern universities simply are what they are, you might say this caused a kerfuffle at the University of Wyoming. What made it even more of a kerfuffle was that it was she herself who was charged with a crime. According to the Caspar Star Tribune, a Wyoming newspaper, “The police obtained a search warrant to search Lanker-Simons’ computer and found [in the police’s words] “substantial evidence” the threat was created on her computer while it was in her possession, according to a media release from the university” (see another news report here).  She then confessed to submitting the post herself, and then retracted her confession. Here’s the citation by the police (click to enlarge):

Citation of Meg Lanker-Simons

After Lanker-Simons retained legal counsel, she proceeded to take down her blog where she had made numerous posts regarding the incident, but not before I went in and screenshotted them. Here they are!

Posters and banners used at the rally:

But before she took down her blog, before she lawyered up, like any heroic Feminist would, she seized the day and used this as an opportunity to organize a rally to raise awareness of the prevalence of rape culture in higher education. CBS 5 reported that “Hundreds gathered on the University of Wyoming campus today (Monday) to speak out against “rape culture.” According to organizers, today’s protest was a reaction to the “uw crushes” recent affirmation and perpetuation of rape culture on their facebook page.” They appear to have taken down the video on their website regarding the broadcast, but not to worry – I downloaded it before they did so, which means you can see it in my own video here. Here are two pictures from the protest:

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Rape Culture Rally - University of Wyoming, Meg Lanker-Simons

This case is not over. It is rare for police to charge a false accuser, and if they are making a claim of substantial evidence obtained from her computer, they very likely have it. In this series on rape hysteria by students, we have documented numerous hoaxes, such as this one at George Washington University, covered in the newspaper The Reading Eagle:

“Why would anyone fake a rape? A troubled conscience might have its reasons. That’s what Marian Kashani, 19, a sophomore at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., did. She not only lied about rape, she embellished her story with racist details. Kashani, a rape counselor who works on a crisis hotline, told a reporter for her school newspaper that she knew a white woman who was raped on campus at knifepoint by two black men “with particularly bad body odor.” When they were done, she said one of the men told the woman that she was “pretty good for a white girl.” A fake policeman backed up her story by phone.

There are goats aplenty in this sordid episode. Kashani is one, obviously. She insists she only wanted to bring public attention to [in her words] “the problems of safety for all women.” She got attention all right, but she’s less likely to contribute to the safety of women than to racial animosity and renewed skepticism toward women who cry rape.

And in this article out of the Baltimore Sun we found another prominent Feminist student making a false accusation of rape:

“…during the 2005 campus-wide sexual assault awareness week at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., then-23-year-old Desiree Nall told police that she was raped by two men in a college bathroom. Fear and panic swept the campus as police initiated a manhunt for the rapists. Police noticed many inconsistencies in Ms. Nall’s story, and one female police investigator stated that there was “no evidence to support the sexual battery complaint filed by Desiree Nall.” According to press reports, Ms. Nall, then the president of the Brevard County Chapter of the National Organization for Women, eventually told police that she was “not a victim of a sexual battery, as earlier reported in her sworn statements.” Feminists’ lack of concern over the harm caused by false rape allegations is evident in the fact that even today, Ms. Nall remains in the leadership of [the] Brevard County [chapter of the] NOW.”

 And here is one more recent, coming out of the University of Florida, at the exact same time that the investigation of Lanker-Simons at the University of Wyoming was underway:

A woman who told authorities that she had been attacked in the Campus Lodge apartment complex parking lot last week now has said she made it all up, according to Gainesville police.

Tanya Borachi, 22, recanted her story on Wednesday and told Gainesville Police Department detectives she fabricated the story “as a lesson to women in the area that an attack could happen to them,” according to a report.

Borachi now faces a charge of filing a false police report, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

Police initially identified Borachi as a University of Florida student, but Tobias said Thursday she has not been enrolled at UF for about a year, according to the report.

Tobias said that may have played a role in her decision to fabricate the story of an attack. “Her family was expecting her to graduate this weekend,’’ he said.

Borachi told police that she had been assaulted around 1:50 a.m. on April 23 when she went to get some items from her car in the parking lot of the complex at 2800 Williston Road.

She said that a man dressed in black and wearing a black mask and gloves attacked her as she was getting out of her car.

Borachi said the man gagged her and tied her hands, but that she was able to escape by kicking the man in a vulnerable area, police reported. She said she then ran to her apartment, where her roommate untied her hands and removed the gag.

A torn shirt found at the scene was believed to have been used to tie and gag the woman, Tobias said at the time.

In a follow-up interview on Wednesday, after GPD Detectives Martin Honeycutt and Joe Mayo pointed out several inconsistencies in her story, she reportedly admitted making up the tale.

Detectives were skeptical of Borachi’s report after they realized she had not been truthful with them about several aspects of the case, Tobias said, but detectives with the sexual crimes unit and members of the special operations unit continued to work on the case.

Tobias said that Borachi gagged and bound herself, and that her roommate was not part of the scheme. “Her roommate was duped, too,’’ he said.

Susan Jennings, a representative of the company that handles security for Campus Lodge, said she was “relieved that it was a false alarm. This is a reminder of the importance of safety.”

Indeed. But from what exactly does this remind us to stay safe? Safe from rape, or safe from false accusations of rape? The false accuser bound and gagged herself, which is a testament to how far false rape accusers will go to shore up the false pretense of their purported victimization. It also inform us to what degree we should temper our skepticism to prevent an innocent person from having their life destroyed whenever someone makes an accusation of rape.

In light of these goings-on, among others, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal with a headline reading “Hate crime hoaxes – why are they so common, especially on campuses”? You know, that’s a very good question. Why are they so common? I mean, it’s not like the culture of academia is sending the message that this kind of thing would be acceptable…right?

Right?

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It is sometimes said that if there were no god, it would be necessary for humans to invent one. Something similar can be said about sexual assaults and hate crimes on college campuses and a rapidly aging movement called Feminism. Apparently there just aren’t enough rapes and hate crimes happening in academia for Feminists to justify their continued existence. In order for Feminists to prove that they are still relevant, they have to start making them up. Funny thing though, I never seem to run out of material for my articles and videos, and I don’t have to lie about any of it. Because when there is an abundance of evidence for your position there is no need to lie about it in the first place.

Returning briefly to the case of Meg Lanker-Simons. Before she took down her blog, and while she was still capitalizing on the hysteria she generated via her false threat of rape, she copied and pasted onto her blog and in its entirety a post from a male Feminist who was blogging about the incident at the University of Wyoming. While he has taken down his initial blog post and Meg has taken down her entire blog, a screenshot of the post currently resides in AVFMS’s picture gallery. As we go through his words, which we might reasonably conclude are generally supported by Meg Lanker-Simon (who otherwise would not have reposted them on her blog), notice in particular how his words refer not just to the singular man who he thought posted the rape threat, but also how his words refer to men as a group. He says:

Men, especially young men, need to realize women are not your inferior. In light of what I’ve been reading on a very powerful blog [that being the blog of Meg Lanker-Simons], I have become disgusted with my gender.

Hatefuck, slutbang, easy lay, whatever name you use to refer to demeaning women, casting them as nothing but sexual objects for your assumed entitled pleasure, it all comes down to one powerful word: rape.

You throw this word around in many different contexts, but the meaning remains the same: subjugating women through sexual power. Making her weak and subservient to your attack.

Rape is not sex. Rape is not funny. Rape is not slang. Rape is the ultimate removal of any power from the body, replaced by violence, hatred, and loathing.

Thus, men, I stand against you. I fight to equalize the power of the sexes. I recognize my cultural place, albeit against my will, as the more powerful gender. Only, this is accidental power. I only have it because of the random accident of being born with a Y chromosome.

But I fight against this forced power. I am a Feminist. I recognize the insecurity and weakness that drives male oppression against females. I know why you attack women who fight the same fight; telling them to kill themselves, restructuring their sexuality (like it’s a bad thing), calling them “fucking whores” and “dykes”.

It’s because we men are weak. We are afraid of sexuality of any kind. And we act out this deep seeded insecurity by violating women, physically and culturally.

I am a Feminist. I am male. I am disgusted by those in my gender—typically younger, college aged—who are so willfully ignorant about any sort of human right that they collapse all that is a woman into her sexuality.

So remember, even if she’s standing topless in the middle of a crowd, smiling seductively while slowly smoking a cigarette, she’s still not “asking” for it. At no point, ever, is she asking for it.

And if you justify your sexual insecurity by mocking her, verbally attacking her, slinging the worst vulgarities at her, she is all the more powerful.

Because we are the weak ones. We have the mutated chromosome. We are nature’s big joke. And, eventually, we will no longer be needed.

Feminism is the radical idea that women are people. Remember that. And remember what a Feminist looks like. They look like me.

And there are more of us than you think.

 One might wonder: when a Feminist makes the claim that men are a “mutation,” that men are “nature’s big joke,” that men are “unnecessary,” is it because such a person believes in the radical notion that women are people, or is it because such a person believes in the notion that men and boys are not people? As usual, I don’t need to tell you the answer. You know it yourself.

He is right about a few things, however. Far too often, this is what a Feminist looks like. He is also correct in reminding us that there are more of them out there than we think. And we are naïve to assume that such people, if left to shape our culture and our institutions as they see fit, will help either sex in the long run.

We will continue to document their actions in our next video and article in this series.

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Comments (22)

  1. Rob

    Based on her fraud, lies and criminal activity, Id say Meg Lanker-Simons is a true feminist in every sense of the word. And the fact she is going to be in our court systems speaks volumes about how corrupt the American judicial system truly is under the ruling feminist yoke.

    “I am a Feminist. I am male. I am disgusted by those in my gender…” A classic line from a typical feminist lackey. He is unable to judge people on the the basis of their actions. Rather, he relies on traditional feminist stereotypes.

     
    • “Id say Meg Lanker-Simons is a true feminist in every sense of the word”

      No, shes not a Feminist, not even in the slightest, and that’s the thing. true feminists would not, DO NOT, consider people like Meg Lanker-Simons to be feminists. It’s time that people like her were called out for what they are; plain old sexists. The fact that, because of people like Meg, you have a negative and misguided view of feminism is the reason that many real feminists hesitate to call them selves so. There was a famous french feminist, whose name i can’t recall, who once said “feminism has been hijacked by American lesbians”. not every lesbian practice misandry (just like Gay men aren’t all misogynists) but i’d say this quote dam well hits the nail on the head.

       
      • Well, I think Feminism has a pretty inescapable misandric element at the core of the movement. The very idea that one man at the top of society sending ten thousand at the bottom to die in war is an example of male privilege, and that women deserve special privileges to compensate for this, is a fundamentally misandric way of looking at the world because it denies the humanity of men and boys.

        And yet, most Feminists at the vanguard of the movement look at the world in ways very similar to this.

        This is the standard “not all Feminists are like that” argument (NAFALT). But you could say the same thing about white nationalists. “Not all white nationalists are like that; some just give them a bad name.”

        I do agree that we should primarily call it what it is, however: sexism, gender-based hate, and so forth. Most people will naturally make the connections between that and Feminism on their own.

         
      • Then surely it’s up to real feminists to keep these complete nutters in check and call them out publicly stating for the record that they are not associated with the feminist movement. Only then when they have been disowned will they be shown in their true light instead of hiding behind a movement in its early years (1960s) actually did some good. Staying quiet and letting these people associate with feminism is just going to tar its reputation even further and encourage others to do the same again using feminism as a smoke screen for mental health issues..

         
        • george costanza

          learn your history, feminism has been a hate movement since its inception, see the white feather campaign championed by the precursors to the feminist movement, the suffragettes, who also engaged in terrorism and violent protests with the idea that if they throw a big enough tantrum the government will give them what they want.

          also, what youre referring to as feminism, is in fact, humanism, or as ive recently taking to calling it, being a decent fucking person.

          many people preach humanism in the name of feminism every day without realizing it, and through a peculiar turn of events the version of feminism many people wear by is basically just humanism.

          there really is a feminist movement, and some people are part of it, but it has nothing to do with the humanist principles many of its supporters swear are a part of feminism.

           
    • So true, funny how feminists failed check on her lies.

      Notice how feminists are generally unattractive on the inside and outside.

      Photo caption should read “This is what a feminist looks like” well derr…

      Fat and/or Short with a big mouth like a poorly behaved dog.

      Women like her simply just project the hate and bitterness they have at men due to their own lack of sexual power, bitter fat, short cow.

      Bitter….FAT….SHORT….LAZY….COW…. Seems to be the template feminists use.

      Nothing is stopping this privileged princess from going to the gym – but her own bad feminist attitude.

      One again the feminists template…

      Bitter….FAT….SHORT….LAZY….COW….

       
  2. ZimbaZumba

    Re: Cayce Pollard’s statement.

    “..even if she’s standing topless in the middle of a crowd, smiling seductively while slowly smoking a cigarette,”

    Judging by her photo, I most certainly wouldn’t think she was asking for it. I’d vomit.

     
  3. actanonverba8

    What an awful, divisive, hateful human being Meg is. Sickening. Why is she allowed to stay in law school?

     
  4. Best Served Cols

    Remember that she still needs to pass a character and fitness examination to be admitted to a state bar. Crimes of “moral turpitude,” i.e. lying and subverting the justice system, are some of the more serious issues that can come up during this process.

    The folks in charge here should keep this issue on simmer for three years and then conduct a letter-writing campaign to the appropriate state’s board of bar examiners when the time comes.

     
  5. Corrigan

    When this 1st happened the uproar in the press and on sites that are sympathetic to MLS and her causes was huge. Now if you vistit those site, not a word is mentioned about her withdrawing her Not Guilty plea OR about how conservatives were targeted by lies…..

     
  6. Meg Lanker-Simons is throwing genuine rape victims under the bus! She is nothing but a parasite.

     
  7. capt.

    Meg lankers is a perfect example of what happens when society continues to give access to a “Bully pulpit” to hard core American gender-feminists.

     
  8. capt.

    There are multiple “perversities” that give girls like “meg lankers”, the bully pulpit that she enjoyed, (before her perverse accusations were uncovered).

     
  9. IHateFatChicks

    What a fat, delusional, ugly, irrational, histrionic, ridiculous, shrill slob of a feeble minded simpleton. 🙂

     
  10. Andrejovich Dietrich

    So just out of curiosity. Do any of these stories we keep hearing about end up in the false rape statistic? Or after repetitively hearing how low the number is, we keep finding more and more examples of it around us.

     
    • I would say they don’t. As far as I know, the police and courts don’t really keep statistical records like this. Our criminal justice system is very much in need of an update in tracking false reports, even though it is difficult at best to do so.

       
  11. Jack Strawb

    “Because we are the weak ones. We have the mutated chromosome. We are nature’s big joke. And, eventually, we will no longer be needed.”

    It was at this point I felt sorry for the poor dolt. He’s talking only about himself, of course, and how he sees himself. His screed just reeks of self-hatred.

     

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