Roger Rivard: “Bitches be lyin’.”

Keep on putting that foot in your mouth, Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard! While we’re at it, what do you think of this lovely length of rope I’m holding?

He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.

“He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’

“What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’

“So it’s been kind of taken out of context.”

Dude honestly thinks that this explanation makes his earlier remarks seem less offensive. He’s just elaborating on his father’s advice that young women falsely report rape to escape the stigma of having sex.

“Oh, no, I was stupid enough to open my legs with a dude, and now I’m knocked up! People are going to judge me for enjoying peen, and my social standing will never recover. You know what’ll make this go my way? I’m going to accuse my partner of a violent crime,  and assuming the police actually do anything to pursue the case, I’m going to spend months with my vagina under scrutiny! I want to be asked how many guys I’ve boned. I want to hear people discussing what I was wearing at the time, how I must have provoked him, and why I was stupid enough to ‘let’ him do it. I want my name to be dragged through the mud for months if the prosecution gets far enough to take the case to trial. That’ll be so much better for my reputation than admitting that I let a guy into my pants.”

SAID NO WOMAN EVER.

Do you think that our culture really needs to be more suspicious of survivors who report their rapes than it is now? Do you think we should be more skeptical in general of women’s reports of the violence they’ve endured? Do you think we should do even more to encourage women* to think extra-hard before they report rape? Do you think that women generally prefer the attention they receive in response to crying rape over the social consequences of having consensual sex with the same guy?

Because if those are your attitudes, then you probably don’t think very well of women and girls. If you’re an elected official who expresses those views in a public setting, a lot of female voters might even think they can’t trust you.

ETA: *The can of worms that opens up when a woman reports a rape is bad enough, but this goes double for men who are raped.

2 thoughts on “Roger Rivard: “Bitches be lyin’.”

  1. Pingback: The context that fails to justify “some girls rape easy” | Lousy Canuck

  2. I don’t even know what to say about this new show of stupidity…SMDH. My hope is that all women read this, and none of them are dumb enough to have sex with him again.

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