Today In Bad Analogies (Badalogies?)
Let’s get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI [an unrecognized fraternity at American University] party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy’s room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK? To cry “date rape” after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone’s head and then later claiming that you didn’t ever actually intend to pull the trigger. [emphasis mine]
I’d get all angry about the victim blaming going on here, but Jez’s Anna North has already done a great job outlining why essentially everything Knepper says is just more fuel for the fires of rape culture. What I’d like to point out is how bad victim blamers tend to be at analogies. Really, Mr. Knepper? Date rape is “the equivalent of pulling [sic] a gun to someone’s head and then later claiming that you didn’t ever actually intend to pull the trigger,”? What, exactly, is the gun in this scenario? My vagina? Is the dude’s penis the “head” to which you are referring? What, then, would be the trigger? See, in an analogy, there have to be very clear corollaries between the two situations you are positing. I’m just trying to figure out what yours are!
Also, note how the bad analogy attempts to highlight the passivity of the guy in this scenario. HE’S really the victim. I’m putting a gun (vagina) to his head (penis) and pulling the trigger (clitoris? labia? This makes my brain hurt). When drunk men have sex, they apparently have no agency at ALL. Ever. And yet Knepper sees the male-female-rape sex act as one involving “spontaneity, raw energy, and control.” Hmm. Doesn’t sound like it to me. If the bad analogy is any indication, the man in this scenario has no control at all! He’s just lying there with a gun to his head!
We really need to put a moratorium on bad analogies (which are also a favorite of rabid conservatives like Glen Beck, Hannity, and repeat offender Michelle Malkin). I’m thinking I might need to start handing out an award of some kind.