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Commenter Saint Louis points us to a story out of Central Connecticut State University in which a lesbian student perpetuated a hoax by saying that someone slipped an anti-gay letter under her the door of dorm room.
Lexi Pennell reported that stress caused by the incident – the alleged note read “Die Faggot” – caused her to have seizures. Students at CCSU held a rally to stamp out hate crimes. After police found taped evidence showing Pennell slipping the letter under her own door, state authorities have suspended her from attending state schools for five years.
The tendency here is to focus on the minority group members who perpetuate these hoaxes. But, instead, I look at sex. Under the auspices of hate acts, women are more likely to use these accusations to garner sympathy. Susan Smith and Bethany Storro claimed that blacks attacked them – the former claiming that a black man abducted and murdered her children while the latter claimed that a black women threw acid in her face out of jealousy. Back during the 2008 election a young woman falsely claimed that a man carved the letter ‘B’, signifying ‘Barack Obama’, on her face during a robbery attempt. Recently, two lesbians were found to be lying about a reported hate crime.
I’m sure that men sometimes make false claims like this, but it is more likely to be women who cry out for attention in this way. They’re also more likely to attempt suicide or cut their skin or make false rape claims. Basically, “attention whore” carries a feminine connotation for a reason. It is easier for women to deal in sympathy whereas men are not primed to think that they’ll receive sympathy for such things.