Given the content of this post, it’s probably best to disclaim that I alone am responsible for the opinions expressed here.
A police officer got into some trouble for saying that, well, I’ll just quote from the article.
An international series of protests known as SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer’s flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like “sluts” to avoid being raped or victimized, is taking root in the United States…
“It was taking the blame off the rapist and on the victim,” said Nicole Sullivan, 21, a student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and an organizer of the SlutWalk planned Saturday in that city. “So we are using these efforts to reclaim the word ‘slut.'”
The police officer made his comments in January to a group of York University students at a safety forum. He later apologized, but his comments were publicized widely on Facebook and Twitter. They inspired a march in Toronto last month that drew more than 3,000 people, as well as SlutWalks since then in Dallas, Asheville, North Carolina, and Ottawa, Ontario.
Apparently thousands of people all over the world are protesting this one officer’s comments. But is that really what they’re protesting?
First, and most obviously, anything sexual is a heck of a motivator. Tell people to go out and protest for more sex, and they’ll probably do it. Slightly less obviously, but still pretty obvious, protesting about sexual repression is a great way to meet people who want to have casual sex. So certainly there’s an element of just wanting to meet other people who are as desperate and horny as you are.
So ya, this is probably mostly just a crowd of male teenagers doing their best to show support for women, and hoping to get rewarded for it. However, I’m sure there are some women who do have serious and legitimate concerns about the idea that women are still being blamed for inciting rape. It’s absolutely true that there is never a justification for rape, no matter how much some guy may think she’s “asking for it”.
Suppose that the pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden were published, and suppose that the worries about incitement and increased terrorism were realized. Those terrorists would not be justified.
Some rich guy goes to a seedy bar and shows his fat wallet around while he’s getting drunk, bragging to everyone about the killing he just made in the stock market. Does he deserve to be mugged? Absolutely not.
Just as it’s also true that no matter how much someone may flaunt their wealth, robbery is never justified. And no matter how much someone’s religion is being insulted, there is no justification for terrorism.
Of course, part of growing up means acting like an adult. We don’t go to bars and flash our money around. We don’t publish pictures of dead cult leaders while their cults are still active. We don’t incite people. Incitement doesn’t excuse the bad actor, but it’s better to avoid getting mugged than it is to see the mugger punished.
The world is full of animals out there. You may have a right to do whatever you want to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.