“We [the NRA] could be serial rapists and have a higher favorable rating than Congress.”
David Keene, NRA President
When will the rape jokes stop?
Wednesday, National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene spoke at Harvard and popped a rape joke in defense of his increasingly indefensible organization.
Why doesn’t he compare their favorability rating to Congress anymore? Let’s not draw attention to the NRA’s slipping numbers. Let’s have a laugh about rape and “government” instead.
This comment has gone virtually unnoticed.
This is exactly what rape culture looks like.
Rape culture hides in plain sight.
Rape is not a punchline.
Rape is rape.
Rape happens every day. Someone, often a woman or a girl, is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes.
She may be screaming right now. She may be crying as quietly as she can. She may be closing her eyes and praying to live through this.
Can you hear her?
Rape is violence. Dismissing gun violence with rape violence is missing the entire point. All violence against women must end.
Rape culture feeds gun culture and gun culture feeds rape culture.
Rape culture and gun culture are part of the same culture of dominance and violence — and men exercising power without sharing it equally and equitably with women.
Strangers are not the danger, and let’s be real, the face of the stranger our culture says to be afraid of is an African American man who, like a woman of any ethnic background, rarely gets to contribute to public policy debates about guns, rape, violence and, for that matter, everything else under the law.
Racism has never lessened the epidemic of violence in this country.
Racism is a form of violence in itself.
Racism feeds more violence.
Racism is used to stoke fears by those who make piles and piles of money
The faces to be afraid of are the white men who lead our country almost totally by themselves while insisting there’s nothing wrong with that.
While not passing the Violence Against Women Act.
While not doing something about the fact that women are more likely to be shot by an intimate partner than a stranger.
While not doing something about the fact that women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know.
While parading out a woman who will say that guns are fashionable, which they are not.
While parading out a woman who will say that guns will protect a woman from rape, which they do not.
While parading out a woman who will say that they have a “second amendment right to choose” that means everyone — women, men, criminals — is eligible buy a gun without a background check, or military-style weapons, or military-style ammunition.
A rape joke is not going to make this go away.
A rape joke makes it worse.
Shame on the National Rifle Association.
Shame on gun culture.
Shame on rape culture.