The most shitbrained bollocks I’ve read today (but only because I’ve been busy)

I don’t doubt that there has been a lot of shit going on today. It is, after all, a day, and the odds of shit not happening on this day are astronomically low.

However, let me introduce you to what happens when you let a six year-old rape supporter who likes it when women feel unsafe write for the Telegraph. You get articles like this one, entitled “The prudes of the NUS hate boozy, popular ‘lads’. So what do they do? Smear them as rapists“. Now, I’ll grant its dicknozzle author the right to be distanced from the title, which could easily be the work of a subeditor of a similar dicknozzle mindset, but the rest of the article is a pure shitbrained wankfest.

Poor little Jack Rivlin is rather baffled by a report from the NUS which found women to feel unsafe around large groups of lads–specifically, the WOAAAARGH BANTER wankstains crowd. He thinks it’s “hysteria”, which sends up the red flag screaming that this little carbuncle is a seething misogynist.

After rather smugly suggesting there’s no evidence that “slutdropping” ever happened–which, given his critical thinking skills, he seems to believe equates to the entire rest of the report being unevidenced–Jack decides to offer his own unevidenced assertion about what is actually going on.

Wait for it, everyone.

This is really really clever.

Brace yourselves.

Seriously, hold on to your hats, gloves, scarves.

Hold on to your fucking knickers.

Are you in the brace position?

This devastatingly clever insight from Jack Rivlin about rape culture on university campuses will blow your fucking minds.

We’re just jealous, apparently.

Based on literally no evidence whatsoever, Jack Rivlin has blown the lid off the entire conspiracy. We don’t really care about preventing rape, he’s absolutely right. We just care about making life shit for the popular men who have better lives than us.

Shit. Rumbled.

It’s quite staggering how unable Jack Rivlin is to put the pieces together and understand how research works, and connect the microcosm on his university campus–“just normal guys enjoying their youth”–to a broader rape culture. He needs to pay some fucking attention. Did he miss the news entirely during Steubenville? Has he missed the research into the prevalence of rapeand rapists–on campuses? Does he innocently think that rape is a problem between individuals rather than shaped at all by culture?

I think he does, in his own rather dissonant way–he mentions the SWP, for example. It is merely another example of someone ignoring or actively downplaying rape when it is perpetrated by someone on their own team. Much like the SWP, really.

So I don’t know why I ended up giving this inconsequential tediousness the time of day. I really don’t. There’s nothing new and nothing interesting in it. It just annoyed me, because rape culture is, at best, boring and annoying.


6 responses to “The most shitbrained bollocks I’ve read today (but only because I’ve been busy)

  • deezers

    That guy is a fucking asshole. Fume.

  • Shivani

    I really couldn’t have put it better myself, I read your article first, and honestly, I was thinking you may have been over reacting as I haven’t read something that obtuse and ridiculous in a very long time. I don’t mean to be rude, I say this as someone who does actually over-react (sometimes) but when I read that child’s article, I think you got it just right, in fact I’m surprised you were so tame about it.

  • chumpfree

    Jack Rivlin’s article had the potential to analyse the link in the current discourse between rape and lad culture (as shown by the hyperbolic statements made in the first paragraph) then he goes off the rails and he builds to a crescendo of crap rebuking Kelly Temple’s ridiculous comment with one of his own.

  • Jonathan Michael Foonlan Tsang

    “The rugby captain who loves casual sex and getting hammered? Sorry to break it to you, but that sounds to me like a normal guy enjoying his youth.”

    How equivocative.

  • Bad Tashy (@BadTashy)

    He also completely misreads the FIRST SENTENCE of that Kelley Temple interview to get exactly the opposite meaning, which he then uses to support his poor excuse for an argument. What a tool.

  • Ms Fem

    This is lame – but I do absolutely love the way you write!

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