It’s 2013 right?

*Possible Trigger: Sexual assault*

How did this douche-bag pass law school?

A US judge-Judge Derek Johnson- made headlines when he suggested that an abuse victim didn’t put up much of a fight during an assault by her partner and that her body would have shut down if it didn’t want sex. His exact, vomit-inducing words were:

‘I’m not a gynecologist*, but I can tell you something, if someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage in inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case…That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.’

I just don’t even know how to respond anymore. How do you honestly go through life never, EVER learning about the human body? How much information do you have to consciously ignore on a day-to-day –  nigh! – minute-to-minute basis to even get through life believing this shit? How misogynistic and bigoted to you have to be to assume that this woman wanted sex with a man who was threatening to disfigure her face and genitals with a hot screwdriver?

Surely the world is becoming a better place right? I mean, these people are in positions of supreme power, able to make decisions about our very welfare. In fact, this guy gave the attacker a reduced sentence, 6 years instead of the prescribed 16. Read that again: the attacked walked away with a sentence 10-years shorter than the recommended sentence. But, America is a forward thinking country right? We’re going someplace together worth going? Bull-fucking-shit.

This is why feminism and activism and knowledge is important. Not just for the attackers, rapists, child-abusers…but for all the people who should know better and choose not to…for all the people running the show and making decisions that impact our lives on a daily basis. This is why we do this shit every day, week by week, year by year. This is why we fight.

*Thank fucking gawd.

**This just in: Canada has weird, sexist lawmakers too! It’s true!

 

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