A Colorado politician said:
It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody. – Rep Joe Salazar
A guy on Twitter who goes by the name “Sooper Mexican” posted a joke in response:
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape: yell “racist” at your rapist… that’s like the worst thing ever!
I get the joke, right — blowing a whistle is like yelling racist, completely ineffective. I have no particular great love of the rape whistle as a rape prevention tool, but the joke’s intent, apparently, was to point to the fact that guns are the only effective way to prevent rape.
The reality is that guns are dangerous and likely to get you killed, especially if you are the victim of acquaintance or partner rape, like the majority of victims are. But if the “joke” had ended here, it would have been mildly obnoxious and problematic, but the hashtag caught on and turned incredibly ugly.
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape if you think you can stop any one by blowing a whistle then get on your knees and blow this
Ah, see, it’s not rape if you are coerced into doing it.
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape “I don’t have to fight back, I can just abort it”
Because the terrible thing about rape is that you might get pregnant, not the violent invasion of your body! And see, while conservatives want women to have control of their bodies in a rape situation, they don’t want them to be able to control their bodies by having sex for reasons other than procreation or to have control over whether they are pregnant or not.
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape: pray to Obama extra hard, and promise to have 3 abortions in his name..
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Go for the Democrat politician look. You definitely won’t be raped…
Rape is about power, not about sex. And insulting how the women in the party look is about as appealing to women as… joking about them getting raped. So fair enough.
#LiberalTips2Avoid Rape Just shag everything. When they realize you’re an aerobic activity at best, and ObamaCare looms, they’ll head for gym
People won’t want to rape you if you’re a slut? Or maybe being slutty means you can’t be raped? Unclear.
Not all of the advice is bad:
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Don’t rape anybody.
The Good Men Project made an excellent point: America voted against all of the conservatives who said crazy things about rape in 2012, maybe this complete inability to understand the difference between condemning violence against women and laughing at it will haunt more campaigns in 2014.