Monday, June 20, 2011

Scott Adams Responds to Me

Or his bot did...
Just curious, did you read the original piece that says the opposite of condoning?

Scott Adams
To which I replied:
Yes and no it doesn't. Basically, you include rape as a "natural instinct" of maleness and that our culture is at fault for suppressing it.

Your words, Scott, not mine.

No doubt you have noticed an alarming trend in the news. Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world. The current view of such things is that the men are to blame for their own bad behavior. That seems right. Obviously we shouldn’t blame the victims. I think we all agree on that point. Blame and shame are society’s tools for keeping things under control.

The part that interests me is that society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal while the natural instincts of women are mostly legal and acceptable. In other words, men are born as round pegs in a society full of square holes. Whose fault is that? Do you blame the baby who didn’t ask to be born male? Or do you blame the society that brought him into the world, all round-pegged and turgid, and said, “Here’s your square hole”?

I understand you were attempting to make a point about Wiener's wiener, I get it. But you roll rape into it and all bets are off. And when you structure your article to suggest that rape is in the same category as tweeting your penis, you have to expect a significant volume of blowback.

Rape is not a "natural instinct" in any sense of the word, it is force, a domination of will over another. Rape is a violation. Rape has nothing to do with sex in the sense you are thinking. It is not a forced intimacy, it is simply force and domination. That is why armies use it as a tool of war.

Shame on you for your post, Scott. The opprobrium is well deserved.


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