People – and by people, I mean almost exclusively dudes, almost exclusively Republicans – keep saying things like this:
Madison [WI] - A state representative is drawing heat for saying that his father had told him when he was young that “some girls rape easy” as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim that it wasn’t consensual.
Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room.
The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, “Some girls rape easy” – meaning after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father’s exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.
He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.
“He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she's underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’
“What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’
“So it’s been kind of taken out of context.”
(via Think Progress.)
Dude. The context doesn’t help.
And beyond that, are these going to be regular occurrences, these “Dudes Saying Stupid Things About Rape” Days? Because it seems like every other day, some male Republican is trying to out-stupid the previous male Republican who said something stupid about rape.
Dude, naw. Naw, dude.
Okay, so, here’s the deal. If you’re a Republican dude, or a dude in general, and you want to say something about rape, here’s an easy test you can take at home. Ask yourself, “Have I ever said anything stupid about rape?” And if the answer is, “Yes,” STOP TALKING ABOUT RAPE.
Or, better still, ACTUALLY LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT RAPE by LISTENING TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT RAPE.
And even then, resist the urge to talk about it.
Because the world can only endure so much Dude, Naw before it flies off its axis and hurtles through the frigid void space, killing us all. And these idiots are pushing us perilously close to that horizon.
Oh, and here’s another charming little factoid about the latest Dude Saying Something Stupid About Rape. According to Think Progress:
[Paul] Ryan endorsed [Wisconsin State Rep. Roger] Rivard on August 9, just two days before he was selected to be Mitt Romney’s running mate. “Roger needs to be reaffirmed to get this job done and fix the State of Wisconsin,” Ryan said.
Romney-Ryan 2012: Dude, Naw. Naw, Dude.