I really don’t get the mindset where being willing to hurt a perpetrator is equivalent to blaming a victim.
If you truly believe in empowering women, then you shouldn’t stand in the way of the ones who choose to defend themselves.
June 10, 2014
The Naive Idiocy of Teaching Rapists Not To Rape
[I think the mindset he describes is extremely harmful and out of touch with reality. But I do sort of understand it.
It is a cultural thing. They view taking responsibility for your own self-defense as “joining the cult of individualism”. They view rapists as someone in “the collective” who hasn’t been sufficiently indoctrinated. If only the collective had more power…
Individualist are opposed to giving more power to the collective hence we, by our very nature, are opposed to what they view as a force for good. Giving individual women the power to defend themselves distinguishes them from the masses of women that do not have the inclination, skills, or tools to defend themselves. It is cultural suicide for the collective to encourage individuals to stand out.
But understanding it doesn’t mean we have to accept it. Only in a homogenous collective is one opinion or viewpoint just as valid as another. This is their goal. Their utopia will be achieved when the response to dissent is a prison term, a psych ward, or a bullet to the head* and the power of the collective is nearly infinite in comparison to the power of the individual.
We need to do all we can to legally and morally destroy the cult of the collective. It’s not just anti-women it’s basis of all the great genocides of the 20th Century and perhaps of all time.—Joe]
* I’m nearly finished with The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One). Lenin and Stalin’s vision and the implementation of that vision are disturbingly vivid right now.