Jessica Valenti asks the question on everyone’s minds, “Why is it easier to invent anti-rape nail polish than find a way to stop rapists?” An excellent question! While we’re pondering it, I’d like to pose this query: “Why is it easier to raise a standing army than to find a way to end war?” On a related note, “Why is it easier to carry a gun in the event of a need to defend yourself than to find a way to stop aggravated assault?” To those of us with a realistic bent to our thinking, these questions essentially answer themselves. Unfortunately there are some among us who are both over the age of 8 and have still declared war on reality.
Valenti makes her position perfectly clear: no solution to the problem of rape short of forever ending the possibility of rape is an acceptable solution. To suggest that women ought to take precautions against being raped is to suggest that rape is inevitable, which to Valenti and other feminists is simply repugnant. More repugnant than to suggest that men should carry pepper spray with them in the event that they’re assaulted? Curiously, feminists seem to remain silent on that subject.
By encouraging women to take precautions that could reduce the possibility of being raped, are evil misogynistic patriarchy-enablers like myself implying that rape is inevitable? Perhaps we are. Call me a fatalist or as I like to call myself, an adult. An adult understands that conflict among people is an inevitable aspect of life, whether you want to believe that or not. Conflict can include anything from a disagreement to a war. And conflict is always inevitable.
Rape is horrid. Particularly horrid. Naturally, I want feasible solutions that will reduce its occurrence. Feminists, however, have no eye for nuance, as I’ve stated before. They apparently envision a world where rape simply doesn’t happen. It’s an admirable vision, but is educating men about things like “enthusiastic consent” really going to get us there? I doubt it. Enabling women to defend themselves against potential rapists is a wise idea though, and I fail to understand why anyone would think otherwise. Unless of course, you’re a child.