Oh Michael Hawkins no.
I’ve been sitting on this response for a while because I knew it deserved its own post but I wasn’t sure I had it in me to write one. Now, at last, here we are:
Please be warned that this post contains, and links to, discussion of rape. Read with caution. Thank you.
I’ll quote the exact paragraph that makes me want to beat my head against a wall:
And that linked post wants to make everything so black and white. No, rape isn’t usually done for the primary sake of sex. That doesn’t magically mean there are no sexually deviant individuals who suffer/are subject to conditions which compel sexual acts that have nothing to do with power.
Really, Michael Hawkins? Really?
I bring up the subject of rape and you immediately leap to defend the hypothetical people who might commit that crime because of a medical condition?
What medical condition, pray tell? And what compels you to think that the defence of this no doubt miniscule percentage of rapists is the first thing with which you should concern yourself when the topic comes up?
Oh, Chin Man. If you only had a heart.
But let me be clearer still. I don’t know if such a condition exists. If it does, it is surely a problem. But it is nowhere near the problem. The problem, Michael Hawkins, is people like you. The problem is a culture in which rapists feel comfortable raping because they are counting on that bizarre compulsion people have to defend them instead of, I don’t know, defending their victims. Here, I’ll even link you the original post.
Does that worry you, Michael Hawkins? Do you feel a little uncomfortable as you consider the possibility that the words you say might give a rapist good reason to think of you as a safe harbour? I fucking hope so. It should.