But the mini blog war over it, now... That's bringing up some opinions that, frankly, piss me off.
Today at The Other McCain, RSM has a piece in which he responds to an unnamed Republican communication strategist who has sent him some rather pointed (pointless?) questions. The guy is getting hammered on this topic by a number of bloggers and pundits.
Now, let me state right here that I don't agree with everything Stacy McCain writes. He's a social conservative, whereas my own leanings are libertarian. I'm not amused by his stance on the repeal of DADT : "So we now approach the day when uniformed service personnel — including ranking officers — will march in the Gay Pride Parade next to Dykes on Bikes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." I disagree with his theory as to why Kim Kardashian is unmarried: "Perhaps someone should share with Kim Kardashian that old-fashioned advice about “free milk and a cow.” (I'm inclined to think it's more that most men don't picture marrying some woman who got nailed on video tape - and all his friends have seen it...) Just two examples.
But I gotta say, on this Assange rape situation, I think he's right on the mark.
It’s a he-said/she-said situation, and how did Assange’s victims get themselves into that predicament? By hooking up with an asshole.
Actually, I think McCain's statements are almost mild. I'm going to go further, feminists and apologists be damned.
I think these women are probably full of shit.
Allow me to put on my fireproof suit and elaborate...
I went back and reread the Guardian piece about the police report and the actual accusations. I have several points that I find troublesome... but you want to know the number one problem I have with it?
Another friend told police that during the evening Miss A told her she had had "the worst sex ever" with Assange: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."
That's GOT to be the first time I've heard of a report of rape which included a value judgement on the quality of the sex.
Not only did he rape me, Your Honor, he sucked at it!
Rape is not sex. Rape is an act of dominance and violence. I find it impossible to believe that any woman who has been physically victimized in such a manner would equate it with sex, and then compare it to her other sexual experiences. It's certainly not SOP to ask rape victims whether they came, or whether their attacker was well hung. That little ditty bothers me more than the other tidbits...
Miss A told police that she didn't want to go any further "but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far", and so she allowed him to undress her.
She didn't want to go along, but she'd already gone along so she went a little further. But now it's a problem. Got that?
She had awoken to find him having sex with her, she said, but when she asked whether he was wearing a condom he said no.
Bovine excrement. A condom is noticeable. Period.
OK, last one:
Assange's Swedish lawyers have since suggested that Miss W's text messages – which the Guardian has not seen – show that she was thinking of contacting Expressen and that one of her friends told her she should get money for her story. However, police statements by the friend offer a more innocent explanation: they say these text messages were exchanged several days after the women had made their complaint. They followed an inquiry from a foreign newspaper and were meant jokingly, the friend stated to police.
So the "victim" was joking about the possibility of turning a profit from being raped? Hmmmph.
If these portrayals by The Guardian are accurate, these women have zero credibility.
Stacy McCain doesn't need me to defend him. (Pity him if he does, as I'm not always reliable.) But the attacks against him are a little alarming. He's been called a misogynist and someone who supports rape - pretty heavy accusations for a guy who even keeps his "cheesecake" posts PG-13. It strikes me as unnecessary and unfair. He says his main point is this:
Promiscuity makes women vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and disease. This is not my opinion, but a statement of fact.
There is nothing offensive about that statement. It's plain truth. These attacks on McCain for making them are not only not helpful, they're harmful. While nobody sane blames the victim in a rape, political correctness must not demand that we can't admit there are risk factors and teach women to avoid them.
As for me, I'm also not implying that Assange's accusers asked for or deserved it.
I'm flat out stating that there's something fishy about the whole damn thing, and the reported behavior of these women calls their objectives and actions into question.
Them's my thinks on it.
Fireproof suit off and back on the hanger. Let 'er rip.
Updated 12/23: I'm not done. Read on.