Tuesday, February 19, 2013

#LiberalTips2AvoidRape? I have two words: shame & ignorance

The offensive hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape has been trending on Twitter since Monday.  The hashtag, which has resulted in countless disgusting jokes at the expense of rape victims, started in response to Colorado state representative Joe Salazar's arguments regarding CO House Bill 13-1226.  The bill would ban concealed handguns on Colorado's college campuses. 

To defend the bill against accusations that it would leave college women vulnerable to rape, Salazar pointed to currently existing safety measures that don't involve firearms such as whistles, safe zones and call boxes. 

Republicans, desperate to find a Democrat who might turn out to be as ignorant of women's issues as their own Todd Akin (or Richard Mourdock), would love to make Salazar the poster boy for their imagined Democratic "war on women."

Who do Republicans expect to persuade with this argument?  After reading Salazar's statements myself, I find his phrasing to be awkward more than insidious and the GOP witch hunt against him to be laughable more than grounded.  

You can read more about his remarks here, and here

Since the GOP claims that this ban would make Colorado women more vulnerable to rape, I have to ask: how many women currently have a Glock model 26 tucked away in their backpacks on Colorado's college campuses?  Would Salazar really be taking guns out of the hands of college-aged women? 

Personally, I don't even think it matters.  If we're going to talk about reducing incidents of rape, then we need to focus on men, not women; we need to talk about education, not guns.  Suggesting that women should arm themselves to protect against rape just opens another door to insinuations of blame such as: He never would have raped her if she'd had a gun!

Still, if women in Colorado really oppose this ban, let's hear it from them, not from GOP leaders who are eager to exploit concerns about women's safety to further their own, unrelated, agenda. 

Meanwhile, conservatives defend this week's offensive hashtag by claiming that it was intended to mock Salazar and not victims of rape.  I say that's irrelevant.  The latter is a residual effect, whether intended or not. 

When you see a tweet like this:
you can see what I mean.  The idea that rape jokes might provide a legitimate means of forwarding an argument about guns amounts to an ignorance I could not previously have imagined. 

If conservatives care so much about the safety of women, then let's see the House put their money where their mouth is and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.


  1. So how do you feel about the UUA falsely accusing me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel on the unfounded basis that I have (allegedly) made "unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape" in a deeply misguided effort to force me to delete aka "memory hole" blog posts about Unitarian Universalists who were charged with rape of minors, tried for rape, convicted of rape, and incarcerated for rape?

    Are you ashamed of that Lance Armstrong style legal bulklying that seeks to cover up the fact that a certain number of Unitarian Universalists, including some "less than perfect" UU clergy, have in fact engaged in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape?

    Don't you find it more than a little bit hypocritical, to say nothing of hubristic, for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregatito falsely accuse me of the crime of blasphemous libel for blogging about convicted UU sex offenders?

    See - http://emersonavenger.blogspot.ca/2012/07/marc-andre-coulombe-stikeman-elliott.html



  2. Typo corrections -

    Lance Armstrong style legal *bullying*

    Unitarian Universalist Association of *Congregations*

  3. He never would have raped her if she'd had a gun!

    that sums it up so well! to prevent rape, focus on men. thank you!

  4. I was part of a coalition against human trafficking that became a venue for members on the political and religious right to push other agendas. On their listserve I saw links to 'college feminist' sites that parroted the NRA, and which looked to me like Trojan horses for the NRA.
    This demand that women buy guns is not new and I don't think women will go for it.
    Stopping rape is dependent on changing a culture that makes sex a commodity and covers up abuse.