Wasn’t it just last summer that our friends on the left were up in arms over middle-aged men (specifically, politicians) making statements about rape? The last few days have been rank with double standards coming from the liberal crowd: personally insulting, misogynistic and just plain alarming comments that have illicited little, if any, outrage from those who claim to be so “pro-woman.” Rep. Joe Salazar, a particular Colorado University, Bob Beckel, and Amanda Marcotte make me fear for the safety of all women of this country.
First, there was Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar. Last week, Salazar argued against conceal and carry on college campuses—a perfectly legitimate opinion, though I disagree. But he argued that firearms for defense are not needed because of call boxes, rape whistles, and safe zones; and women “might feel like [you’re] in trouble when you may actually not be” and might “pop a round” at someone.
I find it insulting that Salazar insinuates that women are too emotionally unstable and generally incapable of responsibly handling a firearm for their own defense against would-be rapists. And further, I find it ridiculous that he believes women should settle for call boxes, rape whistles, and “safe zones” for defense. It’s incredible that one expects women to stand at a call box, blow a whistle, or run to a safe zone (when who knows if, in the situation, any of those would be available) and wait for help when faced with a potentially armed and dangerous attacker. I can’t think of a better way to victimize women than to force them to depend upon someone else to defend them against rapists. Where is the feminist crowd denouncing this kind of helplessness forced upon women?
Then there’s the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and their inane suggestions to women to prevent rape and sexual assaults. These have since been taken off the UCCS website, but you can find a complete listing of the original suggestions here. Among these suggestions: fake a disease, vomit, urinate, and most ludicrous at all, “passive resistance.” Not only do we have politicians telling us women how we should defend ourselves, but we also have schools telling us that not taking action to defend ourselves might be a legitimate option.
Even the liberal mouthpiece, Bob Beckel had the nerve to claim that rape on college campuses is not a widespread problem. He’s wrong — it is a problem (check out statistics here) and a serious one at that. I would think that the crowd who, during the election, so vehemently led the “war on women” crusade would be all for women empowering themselves effectively against men who want to attack them.
But alas, there’s Amanda Marcotte, whose recent Twitter rampage displayed not only that some individiauls would be better served if they’d never been introduced to social media, but also more animosity for women’s capability of carrying firearms for defense against rape. It defies all logic and reason that some women are actually against defending themselves against attackers in the most effective way. No one in their right mind wants to use a firearm in self defense—but if one’s well being and life are on the line, I cannot fathom the mindset of the individual who literally expects women to remain defenseless instead of taking action to stop an attack.
I’d like to know two things: Where is the outrage from those who claim to be so “pro-women” in this country? Last summer we couldn’t get through a single political discussion without mentioning Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock’s terribly awkward and odd statements about rape. Women whined and whined that men shouldn’t “tell them what to do with their bodies.” What’s the difference now? If feminists and pro-choice folks don’t like male politicians (or anyone, for that matter) telling them what to do with their bodies in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, why do they comply when they’re told they shouldn’t be able to carry a firearm, an effective means of defense, to protect “their bodies?”
And secondly, why do so many women and so many politicians promote the “my body, my choice” mantra when it comes to aborting unwanted babies, yet when it comes to defending oneself against a rapist, women are told to “passively resist” and that they do not have the choice, nor the capability, to carry a firearm in defense?
It’s hypocrisy at its finest. And unfortunately, it’s hypocrisy that is inherently dangerous to women.
Sarah Hinds | Lindenwood University | @Sarah_Hinds76