Victim Blaming and Transgender Rape Victims
Last year, we dredged the ugliest depths of victim blaming when a middle-school girl was gang-raped outside her homecoming dance, and a bunch of assholes got on the Internet to shame her for drinking alcohol. Thought that was bad? Consider what happens when a rape accusation is coming from a trans woman.
Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that a New York woman recently filed a lawsuit against former NFL player Eric Green, claiming that Green "forcibly sodomized her" in his Scottsdale, Ariz. condo. According to the woman's suit, Green claimed to be taking her back to the condo so that "he could telephone his dealer, get some marijuana, and get high," and also, bizarrely, to "introduce her to his friend, the Prince of Bahrain." Green and the woman began having consensual sex, the suit claims. But when Green realized that his sex partner was transgender, the woman claims that Green held her down and forcibly sodomized her against her will.
At this point, no armchair observer in this case could reasonably determine whether this woman's story checks out or not. But the New York Daily News commenters are already inventing dozens of reasons why the assault could never have occurred—and if it did, she deserved it!
According to the commenters, the woman engaged in a variety of behaviors that screamed she was "asking for it." They include:
ENTERING A ROOM. Sure, this commenter doesn't write in full sentences. But intelligent women will still heed his advice: Never enter a room by your own free will:
She went to a room with on her own free will. Bad move.
BEING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN. No. 1 way not to evaluate claims of rape: "So let me guess what happened":
So let me guess what happened. he met "her" in a club, took her back to his condo thinking "she" was a woman, then it got all "Crying Game". Shocked and embarrassed he told her to get out. "She" in turn was humiliated and even though "she" isn't a woman, did what many women that seek revenge on men do . . . cry rape?
BEING IN THE VICINITY OF A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER. This commenter claims that anyone who goes back to the home of an NFL player to party—even a straight, cisgender, red-blooded, meat-eatin', football-lovin' American dude—should reasonably assume that that football player will rape him. Observe how thoroughly this commenter is not a bigot!: No matter who the rape victim is, he or she still deserves it!
Man/Woman/Gay/Straight/Transgender/Whatever...you go home with a biga$$ football player you don't know, you are playing Russian Roulette. I wouldn't feel sorry if it were any of the above. Has no one learned anything about personal responsibility for personal safety?
BEING IN THE VICINITY OF ANYONE WITH TESTOSTERONE. A closely-related argument: Big football players just can't help themselves:
Half the NFL players I would never want to meet in the bedroom, they are hulking gigantic people. If you disrupt the testosterone/steriods then your on your own.
BEING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, PART TWO. Did you know that if you are transgender, your rape is so much less crucial than the consensual sex partners a professional football player prefers?:
Let's keep an open mind about this. Maybe Green has a fetish for transgenders.
BEING RAPED BY A PERSON WHO HAS FRIENDS. Oh, this old standby:
why are you people so quick to assume that any of this is true. all of his friends know him and know this is something he isnt even capable of doing. why be so quick to jump on the media bandwagon. because some person who obviously likes to file lawsuits everywhere it goes were supposed to beleive. dont be so quick to judge because if you knew him like i do you would know that he is one of the nicest, happiest person you ever met, he lights up a room when he enters it so instead of going with the looney maybe you should support the one who is truly the victim. ERIC.
BEING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, PART THREE. According to commenter "RotorRooter"—surely, "the dominant expert on the subject—this woman's story is false because she is just too womanly!
I can almost guarantee that this was a situation in which he was naive and did not even know that this woman was actually born a man. Chances are that he tried to get intimate with her, she told him that she was experiencing her menstrual cycle, and offered her backside instead (happens all the time on Jerry Springer- LOL!). Afterward, she saved some DNA evidence and made up this cockomamy (no pun intended) story as a get-rich-quick scheme.
TALKING ABOUT YOUR RAPE. Congratulations to commenter "ccb94." Never has a victim-blaming argument come so close to exploding my brains out of my fucking head. Here you go:
I bet he never touched her. If he did, she wouldn't be this mad. I don't take those harmones, I am born with them and know that is how a woman would be. If she were raped, she would be acting differently and more quietly!!!