[quote]Telling men they can end rape is like telling minorities they can end stealing. Feminism is a whole new level of hate. ~ Paul Elam[/quote]
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] couple of days ago I was sent a petition through the e-mail alleging that a woman named Rehtaeh Parsons was gang-raped by four boys when she was fifteen. A photo of the alleged rape was spread to her peers at school and went viral on the internet. She suffered at the hands of bullies until she took her own life at seventeen. A tragedy. The petition was urging the Nova Scotia government to reexamine the case. I’m all for taking a second look with allegations as serious as this. I signed the petition.
The next day, I happened to see that it was being hyped in the media. The RCMP claimed that there was an investigation, but they concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges. Many questions surged through my mind as I processed what little information I was being fed.
What about these supposed pictures that went “viral?” Had the RCMP seen these pictures? What was on these pictures? Did they actually depict a rape, as alleged? Where did these pictures go? Did they truly disappear, off the internet? Why the conflicting stories from people who claim to have seen these pictures? I feel like I have a right to know the truth since I am part of the public being moved to support the posthumous allegations of a girl I knew nothing about. I am sensing an understandable, but still very disturbing vigilante mentality among the supporters of this dead teenage girl.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that the Canadian RCMP in Nova Scotia were just that incompetent, but maybe there really wasn’t enough evidence to support rape or child porn charges, like they said. If I were a member of a jury, I wouldn’t convict someone based on the flimsy hearsay evidence I’ve been fed.
Why are so many people convinced that these alleged perpetrators are already guilty before they have even been identified or charged? The way this tragedy is being exploited by the feminist “Rape Culture” fear-mongering brigade doesn’t sit well with me, either.
I learned a new word today: “rapetard.” A rapetard describes an individual who, for reasons related to intellectual, emotional or moral deficits, cannot distinguish between questioning “rape culture” and supporting rape.
I feel we’re starting to live in a “rapetard society” where misandry and fear-mongering have overridden our common sense.
Once more we hear the rallying cry, “Instead of teaching our daughters to be careful, we should be teaching our sons not to rape.”
What a load of bigoted nonsense.
I am also troubled by the lack of dissenting voices in the media; failure to scrutinize the hype of gender idelogues. Whatever happened to unbiased journalism? Daniel Bates of the Daily Mail, for example, frequently omits the word “alleged” and reports the story as if these allegations are uncontested fact.
James Callsen of Metro Calgary writes: “I’m angry that a 17-year-old girl committed suicide in Nova Scotia after her school, community and protective services did nothing to help her. I’m angry that the hacker group Anonymous dug up more evidence in that case in two days than the RCMP investigators did in two years. ”
The title of that article is “It Starts With Men: It’s Time To Stand Up And Stop The Culture of Rape.” In it he claims that Anonymous did more than the police, even though this so-called evidence hasn’t been proven yet, and no charges have as-of-yet been laid. The rest of the article is a lot of pretentious yammering calling for the behavioral reprogramming of men and boys:
Something is fundamentally broken within our culture and it’s time for us to step up and put it to an end… Personally, I think it starts with men. It’s how we talk to each other. It’s not staying silent when friends or coworkers make off-colour jokes about rape. It’s being frank about what constitutes consent. And it can start with something as simple as saying something when you’re outraged.
Oh, it’s because some men make off-color jokes (as though women don’t) and the way they talk to each other that’s responsible for this “rape culture” that we supposedly live in? Yeah, right, so the answer to this slanted idea of a problem is to let a bunch of alarmist pigs exploit a tragedy in order to fuel their anti-male “rape hysteria” agenda. The solution is to condemn all men and boys as rapists in the eyes of the public, with little regard for the obvious bigotry of such an act?
Already, I’m hearing the same stupid buzzwords and slogan that were being used at the Slutwalk events.
“Instead of teaching women responsibility, we should be teaching men not to rape.”
Women don’t enjoy being generalized. In fact, generalizing anything, anything negative rather, about women, earns a default social condemnation these days. So how can so many find it so easy to make broad assumptions about men and rape?
How would this sound for a slogan?
“Instead of teaching men to use condoms, we should teach women not to throw babies in dumpsters.”
Or how about this?
“Instead of teaching men bullshit like “Rape Culture,” we should teach women to quit lying about being raped.”
If “teach men not to rape,” is a public service announcement, then so are my two offerings. And we have not even begun to address the fact that it is not only men who rape and not only women who are victims.