Listen, while this statement is one of vile ignorance, there is something that everyone is missing.
While it's politically correct to lump all rape into the same act, unfortunately, in reality we know there are differences between a college girl that gets drunk and flirts heavily with a jock fratboy that ultimately ends up raping her, and a woman walking down the street, kidnapped at gunpoint, taken to a remote building, raped, and then thrown back on the street.
The analogy is this. Lets say, I have a million dollars, and I'm walking down the street, someone comes up to me, points a gun at me, and says, lets go to your bank and you will withdraw your million and give it to me. That is one kind of robbery.
Now lets say, I paste the money all over me, walk down the street and boast how rich I am, and flaunt it, of course I HAVE THE RIGHT to do it, and it doesn't JUSTIFY being robbed... but if I was robbed, whats the first thing that ANYONE in their logical mind would ask me: "Uhh why did you paste it on your body and walk around boasting it?"
Rape, Robbery, Assault, Murder, Arson, are all CRIMES. And no one is ever justified in doing them, thats why our legal system labels them as CRIMES. in all cases though, there are certain steps one can take to mitigate those from happening. Akin was likely alluding to those cases in which all mitigating steps were taken, and there is no way of interpreting any kind of invitation (not to get raped of course, but of any kind of sexual interest at all).
Now before the people clamor "how dare you? boo! blame the victim" just check out one of the geniuses of our time:
Louis CK is a special person, however, I don't think he just happened to run into the ONLY woman in the entire world who thinks this way.
So, while it's PC to look at this in a clear black and white lens, lets try and expand our thinking, even if the person who's causing us to do so is a complete fool that doesn't know how to pick the right words when he speaks.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I've decided to come out of hibernation for something very important. I'm going to say something that's on everyone's mind, but no one will actually say out loud. It's been on my mind, and it involves something surrounding the Aurora Dark Knight Rises shooting. But in particular this story: Let me be the first to say, I thought this event was horrible, and if it doesn't make the lawmakers in this country think about changing the gun and ammunition laws to make it harder for nutcases like this to amount arsenals strong enough to take Cleveland in a weekend, then they are the true heartless among us. No, the question I'm asking is: Is female life more precious than male life? Understand, I have NO problem with anyone jumping in front of anyone to save their life, what any of us would do in a situation where we have fractions of seconds to decide is a difficult thing to "project" we will just act without thinking. But - story after story about how these heroic boyfriends jumped in front of their girlfriends to save them, leads me to ask - is this what women subconsciously want from the guys they are with? That if push came to shove, they would put their woman's life above their own? We've all heard stories of "women and children" being saved first on the Titanic, or how about when news reports talk about people being killed in a tragedy and then tack on, "including 15 women and children" I'm asking a serious question here about our society and the media that shoots information directly into our consciousness: Is a male's life worth less than a woman's? And the underlying takeaway, from this incident I get is clear: if you're a male, your life is not as valuable as a woman's. Now, some may say, "Well, women have the capacity to give birth, so their value is clearly higher" Last I checked though, a woman can't generate a baby on her own. Why is one part of the process valued higher ? Wouldn't it be equally heroic if a woman jumped in front of her boyfriend to save his life ? Or, the other question to ask, if a boyfriend didn't instinctively jump on his girlfriend to save her life, risking his own, does that make him instantly a horrible person - if he thought of his own life and safety first ?