Saturday, February 10, 2007

Ugly girls, never fear... there's always rape!


No really-- not according to John Petroski.

This is why I'm mad.

So now you know what John thinks:

Rape is:
--no big deal
--important part of human history to further society
--something ugly girls can use to make sure they don't always get laid by "drunk guys"

Here my written response to the newspaper:

I am writing to demand an immediate apology and resignation from staff writer John Petroski. His article "Rape only hurts if you fight it" is stunningly inappropriate.

I live in North Dakota and news of his hate speech has spread here to our community and college campus. It's interesting because our own community is trying to heal itself. A trial ended yesterday that brought a man to justice. A man who kidnapped, brutally raped and stabbed a former classmate of mine, Dru Sjodin.

Please read this statement from Sjodin's mother and tell me THEN, how funny and satirical Petroski is.

http://drusvoice.com/news/article.php?id=73

Because now you see that there is nothing funny about rape at all. It is a violation of someone, body and soul and there is nothing "magical" about it, and it has nothing to do with making sure ugly girls are guaranteed sex from a sober individual.

I myself work at a Rape and Abuse crisis center in my community and cannot believe the audacity that an EDITOR would have to think this piece was appropriate. You don't need much training to realize that rape is a brutal act of power, control, humiliation and fear. And to reduce it to a funny little "event" throughout history is a vicious attack on the women, children and men who have been victims of sexual assault.

Yes there is free speech, but there are also consequences for that speech. Ask Mel Gibson, Michael Richards or Rush Limbaugh (whose short-lived ESPN career ended when he made racist remarks about Donovan McNabb). When you spew hate speech, you take consequences.

John Petroski needs to issue a public apology and resign along. Also there should be resignation of the editorial staff who should have had the common sense to never print sewage like that in the first place.

My heart truly goes out to the student body at Central Connecticut State University -- they must be so embarrassed.


Here's a news story on this issue:




YOU GUYS CAN SEND YOUR OWN LETTER demanding John's resignation to this address

*******ccsurecorder@gmail.com*********

It has also come to my attention that John has apologized but not resigned.

Plus his apology sucked

He needs to resign... now!!!

And if he just happened to fall into some dog poo afterwards, that would be okay too.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read the article in question and the apology. The article was ridiculous.

However, you don't get to choose apologies.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but until you become a credible source of discontent, your letters to the editor will fall on deaf ears. When the time comes that you actually approach these things in a diplomatic manner, rather than pumped full of pussy juice, I will personally send you a letter of congratulation.

You feminists create your own stereotypes because you're just so friggin' annoying. This guy was an idiot, but honestly, everybody thinks so, so why bring attention his way? With such an aggressive attitude, you're not going to gain more allies. You'll just make people want to go to his side in order to spite YOU.

Anonymous said...

Amen to what anonymous said, that guy was obviously trolling for controversy and got it in spades.

As they say in the newsgroups "don't feed the trolls"

And really, you can't go off the handle on some lame attempt at satire, it makes you less credible. He was stupid yes, but obviously it was satire.

Anonymous said...

Amen to what anonymous said, that guy was obviously trolling for controversy and got it in spades.

As they say in the newsgroups "don't feed the trolls"

And really, you can't go off the handle on some lame attempt at satire, it makes you less credible. He was stupid yes, but obviously it was satire.

Mindy said...

Unfortunately not everyone thinks this guy IS an idiot. Hence why people like Tobes and myself would write letters demanding something be done to fix this huge oversight.

I don't think it was satire and neither do many other people.

It's quite obvious whose side you people are on with phrases like 'pussy juice'

Anonymous said...

"I don't think it was satire and neither do many other people."

The author and chief editor both said it was satire.

Anonymous said...

"It's quite obvious whose side you people are on with phrases like 'pussy juice'"

Sides really have little to do with it. You two are advocating the resignation of a student writer who has already apologized for his mistake.

Whether you like it or not, the United States is a country where even the most racist people are allowed to write things without legal action being taken. He might resign eventually, but he shouldn't. No way in hell would I, even after a blunder like that. If nothing else, just as a middle finger to those trying to shut me up.

I thought 'pussy juice' was a pretty tasteless way to phrase tobes approach to this, but in a way, it's not completely off base. She's literally thinking with her vagina in this instance.

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately not everyone thinks this guy IS an idiot."

Who doesn't think he's an idiot? Even the writer of the article said he was an idiot. Who exactly are you fighting here?

Tobes said...

Actually funny that you mention it they are both sort of changing their tune in light of all the controversy-- they call is a poor choice to print.

And just because those two say it is so doesn't mean it IS.

I'll give an example to help:

Bush and Cheney both say Iraq is a serious threat and has weapons of mass destruction....

Obviously not. So there you go.

KeepAskingWhy said...

It looks like he got fired, see: http://media.www.dailycampus.com/media/storage/paper340/news/2007/02/13/Commentary/Removing.Editor.Was.Right.Decision-2716230.shtml

Sarah said...

The news story I saw said he was removed from his position as op-editor, but just demoted to staff reporter. Unless something has changed in the last two days I don't think he was actually fired.

Sarah said...

Also, to those who say this is satire, you're horribly mistaken. There was nothing satircal about it at all, regardless of what the author of said might claim now.

"You feminists"...way to lump everyone together...

"Pussy juice"...what does that even mean...

"you're just so friggin' annoying."...It's annoying to stand up for what you believe in? Hmmm...

Apparently being aggressive and passionate about things you believe in is a bad thing, that's news to me. Wow Tobes, you should really try to keep yourself in check, because remember, being aggressive means people won't take you side, and would thus also rather become idiots by siding with someone else just to spite you. What the fuck ever.

Tobes, keep on keepin' on, I love your blog. As for those out there who are irrational and argue for the sake of arguing, you're only making yourselves look foolish.

plain(s)feminist said...

I love how these people (or person) always post as "anonymous." Way to stand behind what you believe.

Tobes said...

Yeah the true cruddy posts are always from "anonymous" people-- they must be so brave right?

Adrienne said...

PS-- I don't give a shit if it WAS satire. Some things are just not funny, no matter how you bring them up or talk about them.

I believe in freedom of speech; and he has every right to say what he said and write what he wrote, no matter how disgusting it is. But that newspaper should NOT have published it, no matter what the intent of it was.

I agree with Tobes. I'd like to see him go read it to Dru Sjodin's mother and see how freaking clever he thinks he is afterwards.

Tobes said...

Anonymous said: "I thought 'pussy juice' was a pretty tasteless way to phrase tobes approach to this, but in a way, it's not completely off base. She's literally thinking with her vagina in this instance."

And here I thought I was thinking with a brain... sily me.

PS: Could you anonymous people maybe give yourself a name or something? It's hard to know how many commenting people we have running around here when you hide behind being anonymous.