Both tigtog and I have little more than an eyeroll in response to Harradine-mentored Catholic-right NSW Labor MP Greg Donnelly’s remarks in Parliament.
While Parliament tried to debate a motion about International Women’s Day, Mr Donnelly chose to take the floor and rabbit on for quite a while about how rape was actually women’s fault. Novel, I know. He raved about how Beyonce and Lady Gaga are causing rape by their negligent bikini-wearin’ and potty mouthin’, so it’s no wonder boys think it’s their right to ask for oral sex and anal sex and push girls up against a wall and rape them. (Because these are all equal Abominations unto the Lord, or something.)
On a roll, he decided to have a little rant about “rainbow parties”:
“Many rainbow parties will be held all over Sydney this weekend. Do members know what a rainbow party is? For those who do not know, at a rainbow party the girls wear different coloured lipstick and at the end of the night they generally give the boys head jobs—”
O rly, Mr Donnelly? There will be many of these parties all over Sydney this weekend?
Since Donnelly is perfectly happy to work in a mode which utterly confuses correlation and causation and avoids any semblance of rational rigour, I’ll mischievously answer him in much the same mode. But with more facts.
First, we look at the incidence of rape over time. I only have figures for this from the USA, including both reported and unreported rapes, coerced and physically forced rape, and all genders.
Then, we look at the prevalence of atheism over time. Information is from Gallup polls.
Then, by the Powers of Photoshop (well, Keynote), we put them together! Ta-daaa!
QED, Mr Donnelly. Q.E. fuckin’ D.