The Curvature has a very special commenter this week, going by the name of Hugh.
Hugh muscled his way into “Rape Article Offensive-Off”, a post railing against the language of rape in the media. Cara’s particular targets were the report about a man who was said to have planned “to have sex with a 5-year-old girl”, and the article about women “leaving themselves vulnerable to rape or serious sexual assault because of their binge drinking”. (A blogger after my own heart, she is.)
The thread morphed into a general discussion of rape culture, then Hugh stumbled in, blustering about how he didn’t believe in “anecdotal evidence”, and commanding that Cara produce objective proof in the form of statistics and surveys so that he could examine the evidence. He would magnanimously consider believing women’s own experiences, possibly, you understand, because he’s such a nice guy and all, but only if they produced and explained specified statistically-significant data for him on demand. And must insist to be allowed to make his point about how downright “pissed off” he was about this thread, in which women were talking about their own anecdotal, subjective, non-representative experiences and feelings. This was just not acceptable feminine behaviour for young Hugh.
All that? Not really that big a deal. There are ignorant prats all over the place. But it went on. And on and on and on.
Look the difference between all the evidence I was given up till 3 posts ago was that up till then I was given maybe 100 examples of rape-apology, in a society of millions of people that isn’t enough but if a survey has more than say 200 000 people involved which it probably does then I can take that as evidence.
My only crime here is ignorance which probably stems from the fact that I live in a fairly progressive part of comparatively proggressive Australia and I don’t think we’ve ever had a rape here.
Aaaand… that’s where my head exploded. I don’t think I was the only one.