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Fuck You, Daily Currant

It’s not bad enough that I wake up nearly every day to some white, male member of the GOP making idiotic statements about rape, apparently, because now I have to watch as all my outraged friends react the way I did when I saw the Daily Currant story being shared all over social media today:

Mourdock: Rape Victims Should Have ‘Prayed Harder’*

Yesterday, when Mourdock made his now-infamous claim that God wants women to give birth to their rapists’ children, I had the feeling Erin Gloria Ryan described in her Jezebel article Rape Fatigue and You: When There’s Just No Anger Left. This article appeared in August, and these assholes still haven’t let up in their assault on logic, reason, and our psyches. As soon as one of them gets slapped down, another one pops up–its like Whack-a-Mole, except not nearly as much fun because this shit they’re spewing isn’t just stupid, ignorant, and wrong–it’s also hurtful. It attempts to minimize rape, the experience of surviving rape, and most certainly the psychological damage that results from rape and the ensuing shitshow that comes with reporting the crime and pressing charges. And when this shit is coming at you day after day, you begin to wonder if it will ever end. You start to count the days in between like days since the last on-the-job injury. In fact, this exists:

Today, however, instead of some GOP asshole getting my blood-pressure up by saying something so ridiculous it ought to be a joke except it’s not funny, The Daily Currant (*the self-described “Global Satirical Newspaper of Record”)  ran a story that is so close to the true state of things as to be completely useless as satire. I’ve long felt that the Currant plays their satire too straight; the reason the Onion works is because it’s over-the-top and almost always funny. And I suspect that unlike the Onion, which strives to entertain, TDC enjoys seeing their stories taken as truth and spread all over the Internet. I know they’re digging the traffic spikes. But in a climate like this one, where women and women’s issues are under attack, any attempt to satirize these attacks–especially where rape is involved–had damned well better be a) fucking hilarious, or b) ridiculous enough that no one is going to take it seriously. Sure, lots of people “got it” right off–they were familiar with the publication or thought the claim strained the bounds of believability. But for many it just didn’t seem that far-fetched–because frankly, it’s not, when you compare it to some of the claims actually made by GOP politicians recently.

It didn’t take me long to catch on, but by then I felt the same way I do when I see one of these stories and it’s true. As a friend of mine said, “It’s too close to home.” And every single time someone shares this story, expressing outrage over yet another bullshit statement by an ignorant Republican, I get angry and overwhelmed and depressed all over again.

How about I do both?

So, Fuck You, Daily Currant, for making my day–a day when white male GOP assholes were apparently not planning to make any hurtful comments about rape–feel just like any other day.

15 responses

  1. Thank you for putting your thoughts out so clearly, and with the wild anger. I get those wildly angry flashes and want so much to put it all into words but I’m too confused to talk, to eschew the words into understandable comments and feelings, but you showed me how! Plus I can point myself/ friend/foes to your blog when I need help with my words.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:24 am

    • Thanks, Abby! I really appreciate the kind words and support. :)

      October 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

  2. Your post pissed me off! Why? Because it should never have been written. Because there should never have been a reason for it to be written. Because these idiotic men should learn to keep their friggin mouths shut on topics of which they know nothing of which which they are the true problem! Ok…rant done! Excellent post!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    • Thanks, K. I don’t know what it’s going to take aside from all of us showing up in Washington at once and making a lot of noise. Hey, there’s an idea….

      October 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  3. Criminy daylights! Will it ever end? When was the last time a woman left the safety of her home thinking, “gee, I hope I get raped today.” Because it seems to me that’s what they think we do.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • Yeah, I wonder the same thing. And The Daily Currant isn’t helping matters.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      • No, they aren’t. And hiding behind “satire” like they are is a bunch of crap.

        October 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  4. Lame. Really, really lame.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

  5. Oh, trust me, they’re not going to shut me up. In fact, I just wrote about my determination to keep speaking out against these idiots in my recent post!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:38 am

    • Well done!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:16 am

  6. Ugh! I am SO tired of being SO angry. Why are we still dealing with this bullshit? Seriously. Great post!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

    • Thanks! Me too. And some folks think that’s they plan–to wear us down. But I’m still here. Thanks for joining me. ;)

      October 26, 2012 at 3:37 am

  7. JackieP

    *just shakes head and sighs really big* I tell you girl, it does get depressing.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:00 am

    • It really does.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:01 am

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