A day without the story of another misogynist response to another sexual assault is like a day without the persistent melancholy precipitated by round-the-clock oppression by a dominant culture whose constant refrain is "none takes pity on thy pain, O thou most ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature!" Today’s tale of slime, which scrapes the lurid, clammy underside of a new low, comes to us from Canada.
That’s right, I said Canada. Here in the United States we think we’ve cornered the market on flagrant delight in the hideous. We occasionallly forget that, even though sometimes its inhabitants speak French, well-scrubbed, sensible Canada is just as capable of accomodating gross crimes against humanity as the next nationful of honky patriarchalists.
I allude to this story from Ontario in which a drunken asshole boor was acquitted of rape using the good old "sexsomnia" defense.
What is sexsomnia, you ask? Why, it’s a "sleep disorder." The symptoms include raping women while you’re asleep. If you "suffer" from this disorder, as does the recently acquitted Jan Luedecke, and you live in Canada, your life’s young dream of flitting from town to town sticking it wherever you please with nary a care in the world has been given the green light. Because although sexsomnia is supposedly a "disorder," it apparently does not rise to the level of a "mental disease," which designation would have had restrictive legal consequences for the somnorapist Luedecke. Although rapists already have it pretty good the world over, in Canada, the coveted sexsomnia diagnosis is a free pass to even the most reluctant pussy! It’s a frat boy’s dream come true!
Defendant: "Did she say ‘no’? How should I know? I was sexsomniating!"
Judge: "Oh, you were sexsomniating! Well, congratulations, my boy! Here’s your Get Out Of Jail Free card. And don’t worry; if any of your rape victims ever gets pregnant, we’ll force her to carry the fetus to term and then punish her with a lifetime of discrimination and poverty."
The peabrain judge in the case, whose name, I kid you not, is Otter, opined, “His conduct was not voluntary.”
Whoa! Didn’t see that one coming!
Do I even need to mention that author of the article on this asinine case, as do all authors of articles on rape, felt it necessary to remark that Luedecke’s victim "had been drinking"? Because lard knows, even when the blame for a given rape is officially a medical "condition" brought on "by alcohol, sleep deprivation and genetics (!)", in a culture where responsibility for the male boner is the exclusive purview of women, it is considered unsporting not to cast at least one or two aspersions on the victim.
I leave you, my young onions, with this howler from a University of Toronto law professor: "News of the success of the sexsomnia defence may give rapists ideas."
UPDATE: I appear to have overlooked, in the comments to yesterday’s post, an astute remark by reader Aymayzed, who identifies the aforementioned article as "the new clothing that porn has to wear in order that hard working men can still laugh at and generally degrade women during their working day." Noting that access to traditional internet porn is largely blocked by employers, Aymayzed says "news is the new porn shop."
Thanks to Mad Woman In The Attic and Joolya for the link to this repellent tale.