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A Quick Note to Those Who Threatened Lindy West (and People Like Her)

[Trigger Warning for Rape and Rape Threats]

To Whom it May Concern:

 “You’re too ugly to be raped. I want to rape you just to shut you up.”

Look at what you just did.

Seriously. Stop, right now, and reread that.

You started by pretending that you believe rape is about sex and desire. That rape is something you do when you can’t control your hormones any longer and must bed someone immediately, with or without their consent. You want to continue to push the idea that rape is about sex and desire because it helps you keep control, and it helps you silence those who speak out.

But you immediately betrayed yourself.

Immediately, you demonstrated that you actually know that rape is about violence, that it’s about control, that it’s about power. You know it isn’t about sex or desire. You push that it’s about sex because that helps you continue to use it as a control mechanism. If I convince you that my machine gun is really just a fluffy bunny, you’ll stop trying to take it away from me, and I can continue to use it against you.

You aren’t stupid. Rather, you feign stupidity in the hopes that your opponents will believe you or finally shut up and submit to you. It won’t work, though. You’ve shown your hand. You’ve shown that you do understand rape, and you do know exactly what you’re doing.

You can’t hide behind your lies anymore.



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4 responses

  1. Pat MacEwen

    There speaks a man with severe doubts about his own masculinity. He threatens rape, but like a surprising number of rapists, he can’t be sure of being “up” to it. So he gets ever louder, meaner, more vicious, and less rational. He wants the whole world to suck his dick just so he can be sure that he has one. Just MHO…

    June 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  2. There is no shortage of asshats on line that say all kinds of crazy shit to anyone and everyone.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  3. some people are not human

    June 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  4. Perfectly stated. I was horrified last week in reading the responses to Lindy. When did it become acceptable to threaten rape because you don’t agree with what someone has said? All I could think when reading responses was: Just stop and look at what you’re saying. Are you really human to think/behave this way? All behind the shield of a computer screen.

    June 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

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