Tuesday, May 24, 2011
VIEW FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT -- MAY 24th, 2011
Hiatus is over, I guess ;)
DATELINE: IN THE HOLY HUBRIS HALLS OF THE BIBLE BELT – Every once in a while there is a special sort of piece of shit that makes a person have to sit back and say ‘Holy crap! Is this guy for fuckin real?’ Well, sadly, yes he is. I am proud to declare Kansas State Representative Pete DeGraaf to be ‘Asshole of the Week’. This is not a title easily given out… oft reserved for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, not to be confused with ‘Idiot of the Week’ like Harold Camping, that fucking rocket scientist who predicted the end of the world. News bulletin Harold: you were reading it wrong… qu’elle fucking surprise!!
Pete DeGraaf… that people can even be this monumentally fucked up is a slap in the face to all those proponents of Darwin’s theory of natural selection; anything this stupid should have died off long ago, but alas, that doesn’t appear to be the case. So, why is this dick-head up my nose this morning? Well, because he had the fucking audacity to compare a rape-caused pregnancy to having a spare tire in your trunk… it’s about being prepared. What the fuck is wrong with this asshole?
My rage is on two levels… first, that he would minimalize something so absolutely horrendous and devastating. I suppose the fact that it is something that men don’t have to worry about decreases its importance in the world… how fucking nice for him. To state that women should prepare for this though, goes far beyond the parameters of ignorant and lands squarely in the middle of sexist, misogynistic discrimination. Me thinks perhaps he must have issues with his teeny tiny pecker to be having this kind of hatred towards women. This man is supposedly a leader of his church and a leader of a state in the USA. Well done, people. Lemme guess: he was the least offensive of a whole slate of idiots and dickwads running for office, so he was the obvious choice. Nothing like having a pulpit AND a soap box to stand on to deliver this sort of sick-ass hatred of half of the population.
The second level is that, once again, the woman is not to be considered a victim, but rather deserving of whatever happens to her. The court system, the press and society already STILL work against the woman who is a victim of rape. Yes, there are those despicable creatures who claim they were attacked for reasons other than the reporting the truth, and they should feel the full force of the law because they add to the already impossible circumstances the rest of women have to tolerate when they are sexually assaulted, but they are very few and far between. The incidents of this don’t compare to the statistics regarding sexual assault. Listen up, Dickhead DeGraaf... let me educate you, if that is even possible. Every two minutes of every day in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted. That is about 250,000 every year. It should be noted that this number does NOT include those under the age of 12. BUT bear in mind, asshole, that 60% of rapes and sexual attacks are NOT reported because the women are afraid, are threatened, and know that they will be the ones put on trial, that they will be accused of ‘asking’ for it, dressing to instigate an attack, being in the wrong part of the city, with the wrong person, wearing the wrong perfume… none of which should matter a tinker’s damn. They also know that only 6% of rapists will ever see the inside of a prison.
1 of every 6 women living in the US has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape… that works out to 17.7 million. 90% of rape victims are female. Victims of sexual assault are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from PTSD, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide. There are no statistics on the socio/personal effects regarding marriage survival after sexual assault. This is a crime that destroys every aspect of a woman’s life, that is based on nothing but hatred and a need to control. If a woman becomes pregnant in one of these attacks, the burden is increased by untold amounts, as now she faces the decision of having a baby that was the result of some fucking asshole attacking and violating her, and the moral decision of aborting a child – there is no ‘win’ in this situation for her… but let’s have assholes like Pete Degraaf again add to the hell she is already living. Please bear in mind as well that 15 percent of sexual assault victims are under age 12, 29% are 12-17 years old, 44% are under the age of 18 – all of them should of course buy extra ‘abortion insurance’ for when they have to walk to school every day or when they are coming home from babysitting at the house three doors down.
But why the hell do we want to hold men accountable for this shit, or to help the victim when she finds herself in the absolutely worst conflagration of violation and the consequences thereof. Let’s just keep letting the likes of DeGraaf think with his own pecker as he sets the moral bar for his congregation and his constituents. People of Kansas who voted for this piece of shit: Shame on You. People of the Faith Community Church: perhaps it’s time you held your associate pastor accountable for the completely unchristian hatred that spews from his lips. This asshole is the poster boy argument for retroactive birth control.
*statistics from US Department of Justice, US Bureau of Justice Statistics, World Health Organization, National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
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