In today’s world of instantaneous media and a million voices flowing through the Internet, it is rare that I read something that makes me truly angry. Sure, I shake my head and mumble “What the…?” several times a day as I sit before my computer screen, but from time to time I get deeply offended, pissed off, downright foaming-at-the-mouth, rabidly mad.
This is one of those days. And then some.
What brought the bile out in me was a story highlighting a guy by the name of Roosh Vorek. Roosh (which rhymes with “douche,” and is that ever appropriate!) is a blogger who has a following in the so-called “Men’s Rights Movement.” Men’s rights? What exactly does that mean? I think all people–men, women, old, young, black, white–should have rights, and we should all be equal. Isn’t that supposed to be the true goal of America? Men don’t have enough rights in the United States? We control virtually everything!
Roosh the Douche, however, stepped over the line with a post he made on his blog. In this post, he advocated a solution to the issue of rape in our culture: we should fully decriminalize, “…the violent taking of a woman,” as long as it’s done on private property. I read that and started breathing fire from my nostrils.
Allow me to share a bit more of what this ignorant, misogynistic jackass said:
“By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions. I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.”
And just for the sake of argument, Roosh, I propose that we allow the same thing to be legal when it happens to men. Guess what? You get to be the first victim. Still in favor, Roosh?
But wait! Vorek wasn’t quite finished proving what an incredibly insensitive, boorish piece of crap he is. Should rape be legalized, he casually remarked, a woman would finally learn to:
“…protect her body in the same manner that she protects her purse and smartphone.”
So a woman’s dignity and right to be treated with respect is the same as a purse or a smartphone?
Some have defended Vorek, saying his statements are satire in the same way that Jonathan Swift was. I beg to differ. Swift was not advocating rape, and he had something valuable to say about the society he was living in.
I have a daughter, Mr. Vorek, and should you or anyone else rape her, anywhere or anytime, I will be the first to advocate that you be taken to private property and castrated. But only in a satirical way.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org