My Twitter feed exploded last night, imploring me to hear what a National backbencher had had to say about Slutwalk. I have transcribed it here, in case you don’t want to watch the triggering. (If you do, it’s here on “chapter 2″.)
Quinn: “They’re there when I am on my way to the swimming pool at 6 in the morning.”
Wallace: “Do you think there’s something to this idea that they kind of ask for it, just in a little way. Because I know that the viewers watching this will be saying that”
Quinn: “I think there’s a real issue with young ladies getting drunk.”
Wallace: “So that’s the real issue?”
Quinn: “I can tell you, in Courtenay Place at 2 or 3 in the morning…”
Wallace: “…So it’s about the drunken behaviour, it’s not about what they are wearing?”
Quinn: “No, it’s about drink and behavior.”
Wallace: “Heather Roy, what do you think about this, Slutwalk Aotearoa.”
Roy: “I think alcohol is certainly a contributing factor, but it’s not just young women that are getting drunk, there’s plenty of young men.”
Trevor Mallard: I just want to…can I….it can never be an excuse to rape a women because of what she wears or what she’s had to drink. That is just wrong.”
[It continues, but that is the gist...]
Paul Quinn has since half-heartedly apologised on Twitter, saying
sorry I did not hear what she had said So my answer was totally out of context & know that short skirts are not provocation
But I still have some questions.
- Ok, shorts skirts aren’t a provocation. But drunkenness is? So, if she’s a drunken whore, then it’s OK? Then she deserves what is coming to her? Then raping her isn’t a crime that the rapist should take full responsibility for?
- What kind of behavior did you mean? If I talk to a man in a bar, should I be aware I might be inviting rape? What if I dance with him. For the record, I could give a dude a blowjob in a bar bathroom, and if he then forced himself on me, it wouldn’t be my fault. Get it?
- Just out of interest, if I am walking down Courtenay Place on my way to work at 6am – which I do, occasionally – does that mean I deserve to be attacked too? I mean, I won’t be drunk, but I’ll be around drunk people.
- If a taxi driver gets assaulted by a passenger, at 5am, is that their fault too? I mean, they are putting themselves at risk! What if they’re in a dark alley at the time? Shouldn’t they take some responsibility for being stabbed?
- If you get mugged on your way to the pool one day, will it be partly your fault? I mean, you’re virtually flaunting your wealth and privilege, what with being able to go to the pool at all. I bet you wear a watch too. If it gets stolen, is that your own fault?
- Do you know anything about rape culture and victim blaming?
- Would you like to say these words along with me? It is NEVER a rape-victim’s fault that they were attacked. The responsibility lies with the criminal, and the criminal alone. Clothes, behaviour, what they’ve had to drink, their sexual past, proclivities, and promises are no fucking excuse, and don’t come into it at all.
- Will you be marching with us on the 25th?
And Trevor Mallard…thank you. Just, thank you.
[just a warning. Some of the comments on this post became extremely triggering, so tread carefully. We're sorry.]