#LiberalTips2AvoidRape is trending on Twitter right now.
Now, this is not a political blog. I usually try to avoid controversial subjects and have even referred to myself as “Ms. PC”, although that’s really because those are my initials.
But this hashtag just makes me sad.
The basic premises to be accepted if we are to understand this hashtag are…
-Liberals want to take away your guns.
-You can’t stop rape without a gun.
-You can certainly stop rape with a gun.
-Also, the University of Colorado released some seemingly stupid guidelines on preventing rape.
Initial evaluation of these givens: They’re completely irrelevant to the issue.
Here’s the real issue: It is not women’s job to stop rape. Only men can stop rape. By not raping.
Now, I’m a realistic person. I know that it’s more complex than that. Men aren’t going to stop raping tomorrow and women need some form of self defense in the meantime.
But there are kids in this country that aren’t being taught anything about the complexities of this issue. There are boys learning not to respect women. There are girls learning that it’s their job to stop rape (and, by extension, if they get raped they must have done something wrong). And everybody’s learning that rape is the punchline of a joke.
The following is just a selection, there are many other hateful and un-funny tweets…
The good news is that there are also plenty of other responses to the hashtag, from Republicans and Democrats alike, pointing out how ridiculous this is. I guess all I’d like to add is…
1. Teach your boys not to rape.
2. Teach your girls that while they should absolutely take safety precautions, rape is not something that happens only to a certain type of girl, and it is not the victim’s fault.
Thanks for hearing me out. Tomorrow I’ll be back to complaining about living with my dad, or some other trivial matter.