Refudiation of the week

Robert Stacy McCain is grilled by “a certain Republican communications strategist,” and comes back with a snappy answer to what he clearly thought was a stupid question:

Q. Do you believe promiscuous women deserve to be raped, regardless of their chosen partner’s proclivities?

A. No one “deserves” to be raped, just as no one deserves to be robbed or murdered. If I advise against parking your car in Southeast D.C. with the windows down, the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition, that doesn’t make me “pro-car theft.”

Blaming the victim? Hardly:

[W]omen should be strongly cautioned against putting themselves into predicaments where they risk being victims of a crime where successful prosecution is so difficult.

For that matter, men should be strongly cautioned against putting themselves into predicaments where they risk being accused of a crime. Sauce for the gander, and all that.

4 comments

  1. McGehee »

    23 December 2010 · 12:05 pm

    In my opinion the only proper way to answer questions like those is in person.

  2. CGHill »

    23 December 2010 · 1:53 pm

    Also see this take at Makes My Brain Itch.

  3. ak4mc »

    23 December 2010 · 4:27 pm

    Hm, my original comment was based on the assumption the interrogator was male, which apparently is not the case. Still, if someone were to cross-examine me like that with the obvious sub-text of assuming I were pro-rape, the intensity of my contempt would surpass my capabilities with mere text.

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