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Perkins: Obama to Blame for Rape

President Obama last week made a strong public statement about the need to combat sexual assault, especially on college campuses, and appointed a commission to make recommendations for public policy. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says Obama “helped to create” the problem because…oh hell, I don’t know, just read it for yourself:

While the pro-life movement protested the violence against the unborn and women, President Obama focused on a different kind of assault. Turning a blind eye to the marchers outside, the White House tried to change the subject from abortion to college sexual assault. Insisting that the country doesn’t pay enough attention to the problem, the President signed a special memorandum today, creating a task force to combat an epidemic that his own views have helped create! In the report from his White House Council on Women and Girls, the administration insists that the incidence of rape “is highest at college, fueled by drinking and drug use that can incapacitate victims.”

But instead of putting the blame for this very real crisis where it belongs, the White House points the finger at “police bias” and a “lack of training to investigate and prosecute sex crimes.” With all due respect, the people who need training are the leaders who head up this council. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what’s really driving the sexual abuse on college campuses. (And it isn’t the failure local law enforcement).

Abuse is never okay. But America’s kids are growing up in an oversexualized culture, fed in part by Hollywood — but also by the radical Left. In the debate over contraception, it wasn’t the police department that embraced the hook-up culture and crusaded for free birth control. It wasn’t the police department that urged more than 50 universities to open their campuses to co-ed dorm rooms. It wasn’t the police who blamed sexual assault on drinking and drug use — and then proceeded to encourage ObamaCare Happy Hours and even endorse the decriminalization of marijuana. “I smoked pot as a kid,” the President told reporters last weekend, “and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

Then, to top it all off, the President appoints his three most controversial Cabinet members to head up the new anti-assault initiative: Attorney General Eric Holder (Mr. Lawlessness himself), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (whose military has its own sexual abuse problems), and Education Secretary Arne Duncan — whose solution to sexual abuse is more sexual indoctrination.

You just can’t make this stuff up! If it weren’t so misguided, it might be funny. But unfortunately, this is the mentality of the Left. Its policies seed the ground for these crises, and when the problems become too serious to ignore, liberals refuse to engage in the kind of self-reflection necessary to find answers. If President Obama is committed to solving these issues — not just as America’s leader, but as a dad — then it’s time to take a stand against the sexual liberalism his party has championed.

Um. How exactly does helping women get access to birth control lead to rape? Rape is the polar opposite of empowering women to control their own sexuality, for fuck’s sake.

Comments

  1. says

    Abuse is never okay. But America’s kids are growing up in an oversexualized culture, fed in part by Hollywood — but also by the radical Left. In the debate over contraception, it wasn’t the police department that embraced the hook-up culture and crusaded for free birth control. It wasn’t the police department that urged more than 50 universities to open their campuses to co-ed dorm rooms. It wasn’t the police who blamed sexual assault on drinking and drug use — and then proceeded to encourage ObamaCare Happy Hours and even endorse the decriminalization of marijuana.

    No, it would be Tony Perkins, you see, who is blaming sexual assault on drinking and drug use. And birth control.

    Because to Tony Perkins, it apparently is inconceivable to blame rape on….rapists.

  2. doublereed says

    Um. How exactly does helping women get access to birth control lead to rape? Rape is the polar opposite of empowering women to control their own sexuality, for fuck’s sake.

    Oh please. You know just as well as I do that these men have an odd and strange view of the concept of consent. To them it’s simple: More sex => more rape.

    I’m actually surprised he didn’t say that the problem is that we’re talking about the problem.

  3. Chiroptera says

    I can’t help but think there is a subtext in here: a heck of a lot of rape is made up by the victims, either because it’s women’s faults for being all drunk and drugged out and passed out and stuff, or because their being slutty sluts provoke men into raping them. Or something.

  4. Pteryxx says

    Um. How exactly does helping women get access to birth control lead to rape? Rape is the polar opposite of empowering women to control their own sexuality, for fuck’s sake.

    Direct from the wingnut’s mouth:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/27/christian-radio-host-bryan-fischer-the-idea-of-contraception-is-for-men-to-abuse-women/

    According to Fischer, that really meant that “guys can have risk free sex, they have a girl on the pill so she’s not going to run the risk of getting pregnant.”

    “If she does get pregnant, he can take her for an abortion. Then he has no reason to commit himself to her,” Fischer declared. “So, the guy is the one that gets most of the benefits out of this.”

    “And the woman is the one who is left abused and misused, her body surgically invaded to remove a life in her. So, it hasn’t worked out to be sexually liberating for women at all as far as I can see.”

    Because rape didn’t exist before contraception/abortion (which are totes the same thing) – only responsible menz marrying whatever piece of property they might impregnate. I can’t sarcasm this hard enough.

  5. Pteryxx says

    either because it’s women’s faults for being all drunk and drugged out and passed out and stuff, or because their being slutty sluts provoke men into raping them. Or something.

    Chiroptera, I think you’re right… to them, ‘rape’ means the woman wasn’t a good enough blushing coy gatekeeper for the man to bother marrying her afterward. Or beforehand. Whichev.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    But if women can get birth control, it’s just like Kristallnacht!

    What, wrong dumbass Perkins? Are you sure?

  7. eric says

    @5 –

    I can’t help but think there is a subtext in here: a heck of a lot of rape is made up by the victims

    Yup. Its a combo of yours and Pteryxx’s points. Liberals created this problem because they gave women the pill. Giving women the pill caused them to be more slutty (@6) and then lie about it afterwards (@5).

  8. Anathema says

    @ Pteryxx:

    Ugh. It’s like Fischer can’t even conceive of a woman making decisions regarding her own sexuality and reproductive help. If she’s on birth control, it has to be because a man is making her take it. If she gets an abortion, it is because a man is making her do so. He seems to think that everything that a woman does has to be done at the instigation of men. He’s so trapped in his own regressive little world that he can’t even imagine a woman having her own sense of agency.

  9. Pteryxx says

    Anathema: as far as I can tell, none of it makes sense except with the underlying premise that women must be less than human… specifically they’re assumed to be like the extreme christian-patriarchy view of children, incompetent selfish cunning beasts that have to be rigidly trained and controlled so they don’t destroy themselves. Except that women can get pregnant and then pregnancy makes them tame and happy and less dangerous to men with their uncontrollable wantonness. So all the restrictions on abortion, birth control, jobs, education, are all ostensibly ‘for their own good’. I’d expect Fischer and all the others can’t conceive of women making decisions any more than a two-year-old could, or a badly socialized puppy.

    (cites for that mess, thanks to LoveJoyFeminism: Authoritarian parenting and Modesty and rape culture)

  10. Pteryxx says

    and on further reading, I came across this:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sarahoverthemoon/2012/09/complementarianisms-ugly-relationship-with-rape/

    Complementarians would say that immodest dress causes rape, therefore women should dress according to complementarian standards. They would say that women who express their sexuality are making themselves vulnerable to rape, therefore women should be passive and chaste when it comes to sex–another complementarian idea. They would say that women who spend too much time in the public world are risking rape, therefore more women should stay home, etc.

    Some complementarian evangelicals go beyond this to actually blame feminism for the very existence of rape. Douglas Wilson, for instance, believes that when feminists deny men the opportunity to practice “godly” authority over women, men react by taking back the authority that they deserve using violence.

    “When we quarrel with the way the world is,” Wilson says, “we find that the world has ways of getting back at us.”

  11. greg1466 says

    You just can’t make this stuff up!

    Oh, I beg to differ. You seem quite capable of making stuff up.

  12. scienceavenger says

    To Perkins, the sexual revolution caused rape, which is a bit like saying capitalism causes theft.

  13. suttkus says

    @Anathema

    Ugh. It’s like Fischer can’t even conceive of a woman making decisions regarding her own sexuality and reproductive help.

    Well, of course she might make her own decisions. But Fisher knows what the correct decisions are, so there’s no point in giving her the right to make wrong decisions, is there? It’s much better in the long run if right decisions are forced on her for her own good.

  14. eric says

    @12 – What a classic poe. As in, the position is impossible to satirize any more because there is no difference between what a satirist would write and the actual position taken.

  15. John Pieret says

    I think Perkins’ “mind” works like this: abortion, birth control, women going to college, much less colleges with co-ed dorms, contrception, drinking, drug use, sexual indoctrination (sex education) … all those are liberal ideas that didn’t exist back in the golden days when young women were kept pure at home, cooking and cleaning for free, until some acceptable man came along and got someone to do the cooking and cleaning for free.

    It is women who are oversexualized now … boys and men were always allowed to “sow their wild oats.” The liberals made them sluts and since Obama is chief liberal these days, it’s all his fault, even if most of these trends started long before he became a senator, much less president.

    Of course, it could also be George Soros’ time machine.

  16. cptdoom says

    Because to Tony Perkins, it apparently is inconceivable to blame rape on….rapists.

    Well, to be frank, it doesn’t sound like Obama’s plan does much to blame the rapists either. It’s all well and good to put schools on notice to combat the problem and try to improve police investigation and DA prosecution of rape cases, but I don’t see a lot in the reporting about trying to get the message to men not to rape.

    Perkins blames our culture – specifically the sexual revolution – for rape, and (I hate to say this) he’s partially right. Our culture has a heck of a lot to do with rape and sexual assault, but it’s not the culture of health sexuality that those on the left envision and promote. Rather, it is the culture of male privilege and aggression. I was shocked when, on a business trip to a military base, I saw a poster in the bathroom basically explaining to military men that “no means no,” because who needs to learn that, right? But at least they are trying to get to the source of the problem, and not wait until after the rape happens to promote action.

  17. kevinalexander says

    Um. How exactly does helping women get access to birth control lead to rape?

    Because if the football player knows that the bitch is probably on the pill then he only has to spring for the booze and not worry about child support.

  18. lanir says

    My guess is it’s “obvious” to his chosen audience that any sort of empowerment given to women will enrage some kinds of men, a group that may or may not overlap quite a bit with the target audience. And it’s equally “obvious” that anger alone completely explains and justifies abusive, non-consentual sexual acts. Unless they’re gay acts, in which case god is my homophobe and I shall not be admit I’m curious, for yeah though I walk through the valley of educated liberals I shall sneer at them and call them all Nazis. Or something.

  19. says

    The thing is, sexual assault has been dropping along with other violent crime. If Perkins were at all correct, we’d be expecting an increase. Of course, guys like Perkins are incapable of taking nuanced positions, like that things are better now than 30 years ago, but could be improved a great deal more.

  20. howardhershey says

    Real traditional societies, from Biblical Israel to modern Somalia, never had any problem with rape because the woman’s kin either killed her or forced her to marry her rapist. And rape is no problem at all in traditional anti-gay Africa and India either. Just like it was never a problem in the traditional, deeply Christian slave-holding South.

  21. sonwinks says

    The thing that shits me about the religious right…. Is this that they say they are not related to apes…ie animals….but for some reason ‘men’ are excused from not being able to ‘control’ their ‘animal’ instincts….. And obviously would rape women, if they lived in a co-ed dorm???
    Yes Tony….sexual liberalism is the problem…..??? He is right though….you can’t make this stuff up!!!

  22. Brain Hertz says

    …proceeded to encourage ObamaCare Happy Hours …

    Ok, I literally have no idea what this means. Could anybody provide a translation?

  23. matty1 says

    A google search on ‘Obama Care Happy Hour’ turned up this.

    “If you are a bartender, have a happy hour,” Obama said as the crowd laughed. “And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don’t have it.”

    The report is shorn of context but I think he is saying “Encourage your friends to get health insurance any way you can, even when serving them drinks” rather than “Yay cheap booze”.

  24. dingojack says

    According to actual statistic from here:
    Rapes per hundred thousand 1980; 1990-2009
    1980: 36.8 / 71.6 (general population/ females only)

    1990: 41.1 / 80.5
    1991: 42.3 / 82.5
    1992: 42.8 / 83.5
    1993: 41.1 / 80.3
    1994: 39.3 / 76.7
    1995: 37.1 / 72.5
    1996: 36.3 / 71.0
    1997: 35.9 / 70.4
    1998: 34.5 / 67.4
    1999: 32.8 / 64.1
    2000: 32.0 / 62.7
    2001: 32.7 / 54.7
    2002: 32.9 / 56.0
    2003: 33.1 / 54.4
    2004: 33.1 / 55.6
    2005: 32.5 / 55.1
    2006: 32.1 / 55.1
    2007: 30.8 / 53.6
    2008: 30.1 / 52.5
    2009: 29.8 / 52.3

    OR:

    rape rates per hundred thousand, relative to peak year (1992=100) 1992 – 2009
    1992: 100.000% / 100.000%
    1993: 96.028% / 96.168%
    1994: 91.822% / 91.856%
    1995: 86.682% / 86.826%
    1996: 84.813% / 85.030%
    1997: 83.879% / 84.311%
    1998: 80.607% / 80.719%
    1999: 76.636% / 76.766%
    2000: 74.766% / 75.090%
    2001: 76.402% / 65.509%
    2002: 76.869% / 67.066%
    2003: 77.336% / 65.150%
    2004: 77.336% / 66.587%
    2005: 75.935% / 65.988%
    2006: 75.000% / 65.988%
    2007: 71.963% / 64.192%
    2008: 70.327% / 62.874%
    2009: 69.626% / 62.635%

    So this ‘increasingly sexualised culture’ is actually reducing the incidence of rape* then Tony? How could that possibly fit in with you nice (unsubstantiated) hypothesis?

    Dingo
    ——–
    * by 31% generally and by 37% amongst females

  25. says

    “Just like it was never a problem in the traditional, deeply Christian slave-holding South.

    But they had the “safety valve” of lynching to help them vent their animal instincts. Just sayin’.

  26. roggg says

    I read exactly one sentence of that screed, and want to gouge my eyes out. When exactly did the pro-life movement protest violence against women? If someone can give me a credible defense of this statement, I may consider reading the rest.

  27. leftwingfox says

    When exactly did the pro-life movement protest violence against women?

    I seem to recall quite a bit of opposition to Violence Against Women.

    No… wait. That was opposition to the Violence Against Women Act.

  28. says

    “A google search on ‘Obama Care Happy Hour’ turned up this.

    Thanks.

    I just assumed that it meant that teh slutzzzzzz went to a bar, had some FMC’s, lotsa sex on the pool table with all of the “animal instincts” KKKristians there and then hustled out back for a free, no muss, no fuss, fetus flush.

    Well, you gotta admit that they really make it sound like that’s what’s goin’ on.

    * Fuck Me Cocktails. Equal parts Everclear 190 Proof grain alcohol, Robo and OJ, shaken with a few Roofies and a couple “morning after” pills and garnished with an umbrella whose shaft is pierced through a dozen or so condoms (just the wrapper, not the ‘skin’)

  29. freehand says

    Raging Bee: Well, at least he’s not blaming rape victims. For that lot, that’s a major improvement.

    Don’t be silly. Why would their decisions make any difference? People who blame rape victims are at least acknowledging that they have volition (it’s the rapist who has no self-control).

    sonwinks: The thing that shits me about the religious right…. Is this that they say they are not related to apes…ie animals….but for some reason ‘men’ are excused from not being able to ‘control’ their ‘animal’ instincts.

    It is a fundamental belief of Fundamentalists that humans are fundamentally perverse and out of control. We are by nature brutish in behavior. And how dare you suggest otherwise! It is only for short periods that we can control ourselves, while surrendered to the Holy Spirit. When we forget ourselves (or is it remember ourselves?) and start acting on our desires, it is always the most decadent and foul behavior imaginable. Torturing old ladies to death, dancing, praying to Satan, kissing your boyfriend – that sort of thing.

    So while everything bad that we do is our fault [/Church Lady voice] we are also completely out of control. Good thing we have the Holy Spirit to tell us what to do (or if we are ladies, the men).

  30. zmidponk says

    That screed actually makes sense, from the fundie right point of view. Which is kinda scary when you think about it. You see, in that mindset, sex is bad (unless, of course, it’s a man exercising his God-given right to have sex with his wife, even if she doesn’t want him to exercise that ‘right’), and rape is bad (bearing in mind that a man having sex with his wife is automatically not rape, regardless of any other details), and features sex, so the cause of rape has to be teaching people about sex. Also, birth control is connected with sex, so therefore is also connected with rape, so therefore causes rape. As for any statistics showing incidence of rape actually dropping in correlation with ‘sexual indoctrination’ and freely available contraception, well, we’ve already shown that these things cause rape, so those statistics obviously don’t tell the whole story or are in some way flawed, even if we can’t actually explain how or why they’re flawed or what’s missing, precisely.

    So rape is Obama’s fault because he’s not outlawing sex education and contraception, which would prevent rape.

  31. birgerjohansson says

    For some nuts it is probably simpler than that. Black men = rape.

    “well, we’ve already shown that these things cause rape, so those statistics obviously don’t tell the whole story or are in some way flawed, even if we can’t actually explain how or why they’re flawed or what’s missing, precisely.”

    A compacct summary of a common way of thinking. The same probably applies to thinking about marijuana consumption, poverty being caused by laziness, “wetbacks” being responsible for increasing crimes, and the very belief that crime is rising when it is dropping.

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