According to DL Foster, this statement –

From what I know I believe there’s 80% of women, between 80 and 85% of women that are struggling with homosexuality were either raped by someone they knew or somebody outside of that but normally there’s some type of rape or some kind of molestation in our past.

is equivalent to this statement –

Since rape or sexual assault is perhaps the most common form of attack against lesbians (as it is against all women), it follows that many purely practical issues would arise for lesbians who victims of rape or sexual assault.

The first is from ex-gay activist Janet Boynes; the latter from lesbian activist Abby Tallmer. Foster is having a dig at our own Daniel Gonzales, who charged Boynes with making up statistics. Foster claims they are both saying the same thing (and therefore nah-nah-nah-nah-nah to Gonzales, because even his fellow gay activists agree with Boynes).

That they are saying the same thing is a bizarre claim. Boynes very clearly says that 80-85 percent of “struggling” lesbians have been sexually assaulted. Tallmer says only that sexual assault is the most common form of attack against both lesbians and women in general. I’d explain what that means, but it speaks for itself. “Most common” means only that it happens more often than any other type of crime. The actual figure could be anything from a few percent. We’re talking about a very basic mathematical concept here.

I challenged Foster on this strange logic, and his response was revealing:

Again, absent hard data from either side of the debate, I choose to believe the “most common” represents a far higher number than a lower one. Of course, you may not want to acknowledge that so you choose to believe it more than likely represents a lower figure than 80-85%.

He first concedes there is no hard evidence, and then flat-out admits he “chose to believe” that “most common” means 80-85 percent. This is a far cry from the claim that Tallmer’s article “agrees with Janet”.

Why bother with logical analysis when you can just choose to believe?

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