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There are two sides to every story. Rolling Stone magazine’s account about the so-called “rape culture” at the University of Virginia failed at presenting both. The expose centered on an anonymous source — an undergraduate woman named “Jackie” who claimed to have been gang raped by unnamed members of a fraternity — spun a narrative that neatly fit various agendas involving race, class, gender, regional culture, patriarchy and so forth. It told a story that lots of folks *want* to believe is true, much like the infamous scandal involving wrongly accused lacrosse players at Duke University nearly a decade ago.

Maybe … probably? … major portions of “Jackie’s” allegations are true. But no one should point to this RS piece as proof.