Category Archives: Quit with the Rape Jokes Already
So the battle’s over. We won. We won big because we’re awesome. We’re big manly men flying invincible internet spaceships and we won against carefully stacked odds that look in their favor but really aren’t. We raped ’em.
No. Wait. We Didn’t.
You know why? Because internet spaceships are awesome. AND RAPE ISN’T! It’s a simple concept but let’s face it some of us in the TL;DR crowd need pictures. So I got Rixx to make me some.
By trivializing rape we act permissive towards it. We pretend that it is not only not a crime, but is, in fact, something to be desired. No we probably don’t all think that way, but it’s the image we put out and it encourages those who are of a mindset to do this horrible crime, and it’s a deterrent for the survivors of this crime to speak out, to get help. We tell them it’s trivial. It’s not a big deal. You should harden the fuck up and deal with it.
This is wrong. Rape is a horrible crime, it frequently exacts a lifetime toll on the victims and the victim blaming and shaming can cause even more pain. And yes saying “We Raped Them” is victim shaming. It says to rape victims that you are noobs. That you are bad. That you should have fought harder. That you had control of your fate and could and SHOULD have done something.
We need to knock it off. We are better than this. We are capable of extolling our victories and coping with our defeats without hurting each other. We may not always agree with each other but we are one community, the best community in gaming, and we can be better. We owe it to the survivors in our midst. We owe it to the survivors among our friends. We should make ourselves clear to those animals among us that we do NOT tolerate, do NOT condone, and do NOT embrace anything that would comfort and console THEM.
Take it upon yourselves. Stop using this language. Stop using Rape as a descriptive term for success.