Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Just a bit of fuming here...

I came across a rather old article about something that was done at University of Maryland.

It would seem that members of a feminist art class got the idea to gather the names of, well simply put, men list them on posters and put them up around campus. Oh and the men were also labeled "Potential Rapists". Lovely I know.

Well I noticed two very odd things. One while the names of those men were put up on public display there seems to be no confirmed list of the names of the women that put the posters up. That's a bit unfair isn't it? Willing to plaster the names of quite literally random men and call them potential rapists with no evidence other than they are men but then not willing to reveal themselves?

Secondly there is this bit at the end of the article.:
"A lot of people are very upset by it, but I think if a man was secure he wasn't a rapist, he wouldn't be threatened by this list," Ms. Lane said.
That's a trap if I ever read one. That woman is basically saying that it should be okay to call a man a potential rapist and it not be of any threat to him if he is secure that he is not a rapist.

There's a few things wrong with this.

1. This presumes that there is no legitimate reason for a man to feel threatened if accused of rape or believed to be a potential rapist. There are more than enough false rape accusations to blow that out of the water.

2. This the rape equivalent of "If you haven't done anything wrong then you don't have anything to worry about." So does that mean that all those men who were damaged by false rape allegation had nothing to worry about because they didn't do anything wrong?

3. This is unfairly putting the onus on innocent men to jump through hoops to prove themselves to women that have basically appointed themselves as the arbiters of lie and truth.

I have to say that if I were a more vengeful spirit and were on that campus at that time I might have been tempted to gather the names of random women and post them up on campus as being "Potentially Promiscuous". Because apparently:

1. By some feat of magic no one would know who did it.

2. "A lot of people are very upset by it, but I think if a woman was secure she wasn't promiscuous, she wouldn't be threatened by this list" right?

a. Because what reason is there for a woman to feel threatened if she is accused of being promiscuous.
b. "If she hasn't done anything like that then she doesn't have anything to worry about."
c. And if those women have a problem with being accused then all they have to do is jump through hoops to assure men that they are no promiscuous.

Now I'm sure you're probably thinking that stuff like that doesn't happen anymore. Are you sure about that? Sure there aren't random events of women tear assing across campuses posting names of guys and calling them potential rapists. But it still exists.

Think about it. Someone claiming its okay to label you a potential rapist for literally no other reason than you are male. That someone claiming that you should have nothing to worry about if you are not a rapist. That someone claiming that now that they have stuck that label on your forehead it is now up to you to prove to them that you are not a threat. Sounds really fucking familiar doesn't it?

In fact I bet you've even seen him a few times....

Take it easy.