The Twisty inbox is a violent and depressing place. Behold, by way of example, an excerpt :
“I got a disturbing comment on my blog today, from a guy who wanted to know how to avoid becoming a rapist.”
This email is from Thinking Girl, who posted the semi-literate would-be rapist’s psychotic remarks on her blog. These remarks reveal a chappie in a state of stunning oblivion; unable to distinguish between sex and violence, he views “women’s [sic] and girls in skirts and tops” as receptacles he’s just gotta penetrate, seems bummed that Thinking Girl does not advocate blaming the victim even a little bit, and asks “how he/she is going to mark a line in between seduction and attempt to rape or rape.”
Despite the gnawing suspicion that a dude calling himself ‘Future Rapist’ might be a troll, Thinking Girl offers a calm and measured response. She explains the facts of life to him, such as why women’s and girls might be wearing those skirts and tops in the first place. She gives him tips for interpreting body language. She reminds him that “rape is not only wrong and immoral, but also illegal.” She suggests that ‘when in doubt, go without!’ is the best policy.
She then wrote to me, wondering if I thought any of you cynical chumps might have anything to add.
As for me, I admire Thinking Girl for taking such a patient and articulate whack at him, but my bleak worldview prevents me from imagining for a second that ‘Future Rapist’ isn’t just what he says he is. If this sociopath had written me that ” [...] when women’s and girls are very open, I could hardly control myself,” I would have called for immediate prophylactic castration.
Of course, educating pornsick men in the finer points of rising above their natural impulse for vicious savagery is not really my line.