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Via the inimitable Liss at Shakesville, a glorious response to “if bitches don’t wanna be raped, they should just stay locked in cells with mail slits for food and water! AND I AM NOT VICTIM BLAMING!!11!!eleventy!!”


You know, the more crude version of this particular kind of victim blaming is, “if women don’t want to be raped, they shouldn’t be out drinking, and acting like sluts!” This was a comment by some dudebrah named phil on some thing that Paprika read me last night, at which point I just threw up my hands and yelled:

Well then phil! If you didn’t want me to shove a feeding tube down your throat, WHY WERE YOU EATING THOSE RIBS? HUH? YOU EAT FOOD ALLLLLLL THE TIME, AND YET YOU’RE TRYING TO TELL ME THAT YOU didn’t CONSENT TO THIS FEEDING TUBE?

I’ve seen you bolting down sub sandwiches, phil. I even saw you with that ice cream. I think that there’s a grey line here, with this feeding tube. You like food, phil. You even eat food OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME. Maybe if you weren’t out acting like that with food, well, I would have realized you are not a person who wanted a feeding tube!

But you blurred the line for me, when you ordered those nachos. Plus, you’ve been drinking, which means that you also wanted the liquid part of the calorie slurry!

For the Nth GOD DAMN TIME: In the same way that eating a fine meal at a restaurant is NOT consent to a feeding tube, and no-one is confused by that, lots of consensual sex is not an invitation to rape. Drinking is not an invitation to rape. 

There is nothing confusing about this. Rape is to consensual  sex as a feeding tube is to eating a five star meal.


About Pepper

Pepper Lee Hales is a twenty something, married, vicious feminist liberal. She likes dogs, cats, spiders, epistemics and cake.

2 responses »

  1. I have nothing to add to this…

    …except applause.


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