Rambling of the Day: Washington’s advice to avoid rape

21 Feb

I know I’ve stepped off my soapbox for a while, but it’s high time for a proper rambling.

Representative Salazar – how dare you tell the women you were elected to represent they don’t need guns to defend themselves from rapists. Idiot is a strong word, but they used it on Todd Akin and Richard Murdoch when this kind of insulting BS came out of their mouths, so I hope the media isn’t withholding judgment on good ol’ Salazar just because he’s from the party of women’s rights advocates. He is an idiot.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take one minute and let the Rep. educate you:

First off, let me say I am disgusted by the discussion surrounding this issue. Recently a hashtag was trending on Twitter called #LiberalTips2AvoidRape. More hilarious than the sarcastic advice given by conservative tweeters was the outrage of the liberals over our audacity for starting such a trend. Guess what the main argument was from that side? We’re blaming the victim and making an excuse for rapists to do what they do. Really now? Do you know how many women will be raped or violated in their lifetime?

One billion.

Let that number soak in a little. That’s one-third of the women on this planet that will be sexually violated against their will. So please explain to me how taking away guns will cause that number to go down. Call boxes? Whistles? “Safe zones?” Are you serious?

Making excuses for rapists. Good grief, you have got to be kidding. Let me set the record straight, to these ridiculous people who think that somehow by suggesting women learn how to defend themselves we are “defending” the rapists. Come join us in reality for just a minute. Reality where you can’t just give a rapist a good talking to or implement some new reform legislation and change the sickness that exists in his heart. As long as there is evil in this world, as long as men have evil in their hearts, you will not change this reality. We are not making excuses for the evil that is rape. We are acknowledging that it is an evil of devastating proportions, and that acknowledgment leads us to want to protect the innocent.

Here is the University of Colorado’s advice to women for preventing rape (where the Twitter hashtag trend stemmed from):

  1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead!  It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
  3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
  4. Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
  5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
  6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
  7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
  8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
  9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
  10. Remember, every emergency situation is different.  Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.

For reasons totally up to interpretation, these tips have been removed from the website. Weird…

So, please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the conservatives are the group with the backwards thinking on this. I know everyone wants to throw Republicans under the bus for being traditional and behind the times, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. These gun control laws are the insult to women. Telling a woman she doesn’t need a gun, she can just piss all over herself and scare off the idiot trying to rape her – that is the insult. Advising a woman to carry a whistle and stay in a “safe zone,” or use a call box, is the insult. The party of progressive thinking is showing an incredible lack of understanding on this subject, which is interesting because I thought they were the experts on women. I thought they were defending us in the Republican war on women. It simply amazes me that the party that wants so badly to defend a woman’s right to choose when it comes to her body takes so lightly her choice to protect that body from needing to make that choice. You can’t pick and choose how want to stand up for women. The same people that told us to vote like our lady parts depend on it have no interest in actually helping us defend those parts from violation. The selective empathy is incredible.

Apparently this is a controversial statement now, but let me make it clear: You will not stop men from being rapists. I agree that our children are increasingly troubled, especially in big cities, and that there is a serious need for reform in our young people who are growing up in this country and becoming violent people. But, I repeat, you will not stop men from being rapists. Rape is a crime that has existed forever. It is a representation of the depravity of our humanity and you will not eradicate it. Perhaps with effort we will be able to improve the situation on our streets in this country to a point where we will lower the rate of rapes… but the idea that the best way to prevent these crimes is by trying to change the rapists is absolutely bonkers. If there were a zombie apocalypse, would you try to talk down the zombies into becoming vegetarians? Or do you think maybe instead you might think about purchasing a small handgun? Hm? (See The Walking Dead for correct answer…)

I am sad for the women who are being fooled into this backward progressivism. We are smarter than this. We need to stop letting the men in Washington tell us how to protect ourselves. One billion of us will face brutality in our lifetimes. If you’re faced with someone who has every intention of hurting you, do you really want to take your chances with their advice and tell your attacker you’re menstruating? Or vomit on him in hopes it will repulse him enough to leave you alone? That’s the sound advice coming from the party of women’s rights. From the big-headed morons on Capitol Hill who have no idea what it’s like to have the sinking feel that it might be this time, this parking lot, this walk from my building to my car when it could happen. It could be my turn. This nonsense is embarrassing and insulting. Stand up for yourselves, ladies, because Washington is not going to do it for you.


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