A politician made a ridiculous statement, which somehow empowered Republicans on Twitter to act more obnoxious than the politician. Since last night, the right wing created hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape has been trending. For a party to feign there is no War on Women while firing shot after shot is the epitome of hypocrisy.
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Dress really slutty to let the rapist know how empowered and independent you are
— Jeremy Sallinger (@Bithole) February 19, 2013
On gun control Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar said:
It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.
He promptly apologized:
I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.
I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I’m deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.
Sure, it was offensive. But, even more offensive are the ongoing rape jokes on Twitter.
A few examples:
#liberalTips2AvoidRape.. just go with it…you get free birth control right?
— Tommy Knockerz (@BenghaziGhostz) February 19, 2013
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Ask the potential offender for his Rape Union Card, if he is from a Right To Work State, it’s not legitimate rape.
— Col. James C. Cates(@GrizzlyJim1) February 19, 2013
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Tell them you need to know up front if they’ll need extra butter for the crabs.
— He Has Failed (@He_Has_Failed) February 19, 2013
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape grow really long armpit hair and don’t wash your bung hole
— Lando (@Funeral_Thirst9) February 19, 2013
I felt compelled to jump in.
The Party that wants their small govt all up in our vaginas started this hashtag:#LiberalTips2AvoidRape
— Anomaly One Hundred (@Anomaly100) February 19, 2013
Even if we discounted them using a politician’s fucked up statement to make jokes about a very serious topic about violence, their ‘jokes’ really suck. You guys aren’t funny and neither is your topic.
This hashtag is trending and their party voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans claim they created the hashtag to point out that women have a right to defend themselves. I agree and this post is us — women — defending ourselves against their classless jokes. Because, they are the joke.
2016 is looking good.
It’s not too surprising that Michele Malkin’s site Twitchy takes no issue with these offensive tweets.