So PZ Myers discovered a truly appalling human being recently.
Specifically he posted a link to this blog entry here, titled “Rape is equality”. It’s written by a Norwegian guy who calls himself “a libertarian and an antifeminist”. I contend that he doesn’t know what a libertarian is, but he’s half-right.
If anything, this guy’s rantings are worse than that article title implies. He describes his life as having been “ruined by involuntary celibacy”. Which seems to mean that women have infringed on his human rights by not having sex with him. This is clearly unfair and oppressive of them, and justifies his conviction that men ought to “stop thinking of rape as wrong”.
He doesn’t post to his blog often, but his most recent entry was about a recent case of alleged sexual assault that got some public attention. Part of the defence in that case was that, because the woman had been wearing skinny jeans of a type that would be impossible for an assailant to remove without the wearer’s consent, she could not possibly have been raped.
I won’t go into what’s wrong with that, but this antifeminist blogger’s reporting on it is solely focused on the plight suffered by men accused of rape, and shows not a shred of interest in the role of female victims.
(In a previous entry, he explained that “Sex is obviously something women have and men want, and any man claiming to be raped by a woman is not a reasonable person and cannot be taken seriously”, and that “A man getting sex from a woman is lucky, period, even if he was forced”.)
And he closes the skinny jeans entry with the following phrase. I really believe he is entirely serious, and neither satirising nor exaggerating in any way when he says these things. I’m aware of Poe’s Law but I genuinely don’t think that I’m missing some cleverly ironic point here.
In fact, I gloat when a woman is actually raped. Since women and the law do not care if we actually rape and only care about obtaining convictions, we might as well get our money’s worth.
No words. None.
So this guy’s obviously a fucktarded lunatic. There’s no point trying to debate him or persuade him round to a more reasonable position. He’s way too far gone for that. What’s the point of even taking any notice of someone like this? Wouldn’t we be much better off ignoring him, and not giving him or his dangerous and misanthropic ideas the oxygen of publicity (or, for preference, any other kind of oxygen) by drawing attention to them?
I’d better have a good answer for that. Y’know, after I’ve spent all this time going on about him.
And I think I do, aside from the morbid curiosity (which, believe me, is quite captivating).
Anything that might be said in response to this maniac isn’t actually said for his benefit. I don’t want him to benefit. But that doesn’t mean there’s no benefit at all to calling out this kind of vile hatred.
Pointing out the despicable illogic and damaging malevolence of a person like this is for the benefit of anyone – of any gender, sex, or sexuality – for whom his outpourings of bullshit form part of the overall social discussion. He represents a voice and a set of ideas that are out there interacting with the world. People meet him and his beliefs every day.
And while he might be an extreme case, his blogroll testifies to the fact that he’s not alone.
So this is why we highlight this kind of loathsome wretchedness for what it is. It’s to let the world know that is emphatically not okay to say these things, and it’s not okay to let them go unchallenged either.
Any thoughts? Is it worth tackling this kind of thing any more thoroughly than just pointing it out? Is there any value whatever to be found in actually refuting this guy’s points, such as they are? Let me know what you think.