What. The. Absolute. Fuck.
Seriously, what the fuck?
That was my initial reaction when I read about the latest travesty of the American justice system, which involves a former Stanford University swimmer who raped an unconscious woman behind a frat house dumpster.
It’s still my reaction.
The price Brock Turner was ordered to pay for the crime (by a judge now facing multiple campaigns to have him removed from the bench)? Registering as a sex offender and serving six months in jail with probation – of which he only has to serve three if he displays “good behaviour.”
What. The. Fuck.
I honestly don’t know what it is about these guys that makes them feel entitled to women’s bodies. Like him, I was once a varsity athlete from a relatively privileged background.
But unlike him, the idea of doing something to someone – sexually or otherwise – without their permission honestly never crossed my mind.
We need to have a serious conversation about cis white male privilege. We needed to have that conversation a long time ago, but seriously, we need to have it now.
While we can likely all agree that the victim’s statement is one of the most powerful things we’ll ever read (seriously, you want to read something that’ll inspire you to rise above literally anything and take back your power? Read it – but have a box of tissues handy), the fact there even had to be a victim’s statement is heartbreaking.
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.”
He should never have fucking been there in the first place.
Let’s call a spade a spade: any person who rapes another person is a monster.
We need to talk openly about this. To cut the crap, bury the euphemisms and face up to the uncomfortable reality that we face. To finally have that conversation about cis white male privilege and entitlement. But this time, we need those aforementioned cis white privileged males to actually listen.
Because raping someone is not OK. Ever.
What. The. Fuck.