Some of you may have seen this already but its a bloody great poster. No doubt for folks like Kevin Myers this is an another sign of creeping agressive feminism that is the greatest scourge in our society today. But when we remember that the same self described white middle class hetrosexual ‘social commentator’ could be considered an apologist for rape culture we know why we should care what he says. Why am I mentioning him in this post? Would ignoring him not be a more suitable thing to do?
Quite simply no. Because he is not a neutral entity in the public conversation around patriachy and sexual violence. Its all to easy, and at times fun, to dismiss right wing conservative pundits like Myers, and in doing so we miss the architecture of conservative social thinking. If people are serious about bringing forward an agenda that tackles patriachy and the oppression of half the worlds population then we need to understanded the coded values that underpin the right. And in saying that in conscious that im a man who doesnt have full grip of it and dont seek to speak for or on behalf of any women. I do feel i have a responsibility to challenge other men though. Any gender can rape or be raped, and that of course needs to be said.
Recently when cops talked about raping women in their custody, Myers, as well as police spokeman Paul Williams, jumped to their defense – even when no one was attacking the police. Whilst Williams jumped through the hoops of a really poor performance on Marion Finucane, Myers showed what a completely topsy turvy world he lives in. Unable to condemn paid servants of the state talking about raping women, Myers tries to get mileage on about how ‘complex the issue’ actually is. Both where horribly out of step with public opinion, as seen by the poll carried out by the Sunday Independent at the time.
I guess men taking about raping women is complex issue if you think like this
Now I’m not saying that I’ve ever made such jests about rape, but I certainly know that I’ve said things that I’d never want to be made public. Moreover, any rational person who has heard the Rossport tape would know that the references about “rape” were not meant as such, and in no way represented how gardai usually talk about women.
So what if you’ve said things you never want to be made public Kevin, sure we all have. Shit im sure i say things that fall into that category every fuckin day. But what has that got to do with men talking about raping people. Whats it got to do with police officers thinking its cool to laugh amongst themselves about raping prisoners. Its a complete fabrication to suggest that such comments are completely seperate from actions of brutality from individuals within An Garda Siochana. €420,000 euros is paid out each month in compensation to people because of police violence.
But the real question around Myers is what sort of a person makes such tenuous conections in the first place. There is no real basis for it, and to me its a glimse into an emotionally immature mind, with easy thought pathways carved decades ago by dogmatism of youthful Marxist adherrance. Even though Myers has long moved to the right, his writing clearly exposed that dogmatic rhethoric and emotional illiteracy lie at the heart of the writings and arguments, something he has in common with many ‘social commentators’. Ever quick to point at the threats to their own secure worlds of privilege and power devoid of critical self awareness. Always ready to kick back when women, migrants, people of colour, the unemployed start getting together and articulating their own reality in their own terms. Always ready to apoligise and cover for the abuse of power, and in doing so reinforcing thier own smug safety in the heirachy of cutural hegemony. This poster is a two finger to such men, and such people.
Its completely bollix and simply a smokescreen that show the inherent bias in what a) what they (Myers and Williams) support uneqivocally (ie whatever the cops do) and b) what they are against. In William’s case that is whatever the police say. Himself and the irish police are against as for all intents and purposes they have a symbotic relationship that pays his mortage regardless of the paper his “investigative journalism” is printed. I could surmise the relationship between himself and the force is one that makes the ongoing phone hacking scandal in the UK News of the World look almost savory, but thats another story.
Myer’s is a slightly different creature, one whose consistent themes are anti women, anti democratic and the slighty odd ‘anti pc’ which he claims as a badge of honour. His articles revolve around with a central premise that women actually being powerful and automonous actors in our society is wrong and dangerous. Its kinda hilarious that someone would model themselves as a kind of intellectual Jeremy Clarkson, given that to its quite hard to intellectualise loud bombastic misogyny in written form. But god love him he give it a good go. Kevin Myers lives in such a contorted and messed up emotional world that he manages to put his own oppression (white middle class hetronormism) as center piece of an article he decided to write himself about the now famous incident of cops talking about raping women. In his mind there is a New Moral Order. Kevin has
“got a pretty good idea that a middle-class heterosexual white male like me absolutely never qualifies for any ideological compassion within it.”
Kevin if you didnt write such sticking poo we would not have to wonder just what ideological compassion. You can take the man out of dogmatic Marxism, but you can never take the dogmatic thinking…..
Anyways rant over, heres the poster. The orginal text is below and was written by
I don’t usually repost other people’s stuff in their entirety and without comment, but this was posted at SexGenderBody with the request to reprint it. I think it’s right on. I’m changing just one thing: the original post ended with the caveat that any gender can rape and be raped:
This goes for any gendered rape, male on female or female on male or female on female or FTM on MTF or non gendered to dual gendered and so on and so forth….
A lot has been said about how to prevent rape.
- Women should learn self-defense.
- Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark.
- Women shouldn’t have long hair and women shouldn’t wear short skirts.
- Women shouldn’t leave drinks unattended.
- Fuck, they shouldn’t dare to get drunk at all.
Instead of that bullshit, how about:
If a woman is drunk, don’t rape her.
If a woman is walking alone at night, don’t rape her.
If a women is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape her.
If a woman is wearing a short skirt, don’t rape her.
If a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don’t rape her.
If a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend you’re still hung up on, don’t rape her.
If a woman is asleep in her bed, don’t rape her.
If a woman is asleep in your bed, don’t rape her.
If a woman is doing her laundry, don’t rape her.
If a woman is in a coma, don’t rape her.
If a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don’t rape her.
If a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don’t rape her.
If a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don’t rape her.
If your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don’t rape her.
If your step-daughter is watching TV, don’t rape her.
If you break into a house and find a woman there, don’t rape her.
If your friend thinks it’s okay to rape someone, tell him it’s not, and that he’s not your friend.
If your “friend” tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.
If your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there’s an unconscious woman upstairs and it’s your turn, don’t rape her, call the police and tell the guy he’s a rapist.
Tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends it’s not okay to rape someone.
Don’t tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
Don’t imply that she could have avoided it if she’d only done/not done x.
Don’t imply that it’s in any way her fault.
Don’t let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he “got some” with the drunk girl.
Don’t perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.
If you agree, re-post it. It’s that important.