Since writing the Thunderf00t/rape apology posts and publicising them on social media, I've blocked quite a few people and left YouTube comments turned off on one video - and inevitably that's lead to lots of "But freedom of speech...!" and "You can't tolerate any disagreement!" and "What about MY opinion?!"...
You know how it goes. This post contains some thoughts on that.
From my point of view, what's going on is this:
Some people - mostly feminists - are saying that women are pretty well-versed in taking the precautions they can to avoid being raped, and it's now high time that men took some responsibility for preventing rape from being committed.
That's the argument, as clearly as I'm able sum it up in one sentence. It's the argument that the protest placards and the soundbites ("Don't tell me what to wear, tell them not to rape" etc) are referring to. I don't think there's any need for an analogy.
It's an argument that naturally leads to a legitimate discussion: "What can we do? What are some effective ways men can help prevent rape? How can we at the very least avoid making things worse?" And that's a discussion I'm perfectly prepared to have, because it's something that could be productive.
But it's not the discussion that's being offered. What's offered - over and over again - in response to the sentiment "It's high time that men took some responsibility for preventing rape" is some variant of this:
"No it isn't. That can't be done. It won't work. " *
And if that's your argument -- or if your argument amounts to "Yes but for now let's get back to lecturing the women" -- damn right I don't want to read it. You're not helping anyone, and your comment is going to get deleted and you're probably going to get blocked from any virtual space that I control. And I'm fine with that, because you're a waste of everyone's time.
There is one other related discussion that does interest me, and it starts with this question:
"Why are so many people (mostly men) so very resistant to the idea of talking about rape prevention (as opposed to rape avoidance)?"
The comments here are open.
*And not to forget: "This is not fair, not 100% of rapists are men, I'm not an MRA but I'm afraid I just must take this opportunity to derail because blah fucking blahdy blah"
EDIT: But now I see Eseld has already dealt with that: http://eseldbosustow.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/teach-everyone-men-and-women.html
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