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“You Buy the Ticket, You Take the Ride”: Not the Conservative View of Date Rape

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Posted on December 7 2010 10:52 pm
Rob Taylor has a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He blogs at Greenville Dragnet.

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Here’s the advice “conservative” blogger Robert Stacy McCain gives to rape victims:

Listen up, sweetheart: You buy the ticket, you take the ride.

In his response to the arrest of cyber-terrorist Julian Assange, McCain starts off on shaky ground (defending a person attempting to destroy America) and veers right into a moral morass that includes the promotion of criminality and cheerleading for sexual assault:

In an era when some 40% of U.S. births are to unmarried women, in a culture where “Girls Gone Wild” and “hook-ups” are normative, where threesomes, bisexual experimentation and amateur video-porn orgies have become a virtual rite of passage for many young Americans, where chlamydia and herpes are pandemic — in this era of rampant sexual decadence, I say, does Jill Filipovic (J.D., NYU) seriously expect horny strangers to negotiate consent calmly on an act-by-act basis while they’re knocking boots, making the beast with two backs, in flagrante delicto?

Listen up, sweetheart: You buy the ticket, you take the ride.

You made your choice when you picked the guy, who is going to run his standard modus operandi on you, just like he ran it on the last three-dozen hoes he played.

If you tumble into a random hook-up with no prior knowledge of the guy’s reputation and he turns out to be a selfish brute whose standard modus operandi is repulsive, dangerous or painful, in what sense are you a victim of anything except your own stupidity?

So … victims of crime who put themselves in dangerous situations not only deserve to be victimized but are more culpable in the crime than the criminals?

This sounds less like the social conservatism McCain supposedly espouses and more like the hug-a-thug posturing of the Left which views criminals as victims of society and circumstance. Tommy Christopher wrote that McCain posted “a semi-walkback” of his claims in a piece for Hot Air’s Green Room, but in that post he only stated that even though he thought the charges were false he supported using them to take Wikileaks down. Worse, he doubled down on his original view of criminality as the fault of the victims:

OK, let’s all agree: ”No” means “no” and “stop” means “stop.”

And if she says, “Slower, and a little to the right,” you’d better comply instantly, buddy, or you can expect to find yourself in court explaining to a jury why you didn’t provide her with exactly the sort of sexual experience to which she consented

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Conservatives who reject and condemn casual promiscuity would argue that the hook-up culture tends to reward and encourage predatory creeps, providing them with an endless series of willing (or perhaps, half-willing) conquests like these two young Swedish women who were evidently eager to have a go at the nearly middle-aged bachelor, Julian Assange, and only regretted that he didn’t live up to his end of the implicit bargain of “consent.”

Critics of the hook-up culture would say that women who engage in such behavior are exposing themselves to all manner of risks, not only the risk of assault, nor merely the risk of disease or unwanted pregnancy, but also emotional and — is it still permissible to say this? — spiritual and moral risks. The best way to avoid the physical, emotional, spiritual and moral hazards of casual hook-ups is simple: Don’t sleep around.

Ah, words of wisdom about moral hazards from a man who posts a bikini picture circle jerk every Sunday, while tithing his church I’m sure.

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