Saturday, February 10, 2007
No really-- not according to John Petroski.
This is why I'm mad.
So now you know what John thinks:
--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.
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
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.