I know you will be shocked to hear this, but every once in a while, I have an idea that is both brilliant and stupid and I try it out on a few folks before deciding if it’s more brilliant than stupid–in which case it ends up here–or more stupid than brilliant–in which case it doesn’t.
Last weekend, I had an idea. I thought it was brilliant, but I tried it out on my family and they didn’t seem to find it that funny or earth-shatteringly important and so I decided to not burden you with it.
But Sarcastro just sent me a link to a story about Joe Francis, the guy who runs the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, that makes me think that maybe it’s just that my family doesn’t appreciate genius when they’re confronted with it.
So, I originally came up with this idea in the wake of the whole ‘Lance Bass is Gay’ incident that there should be a show that comes on after the news called the "Duhs." The news could then be devoted to things you don’t know or providing more information and context about things you do know and things like ‘Lance Bass is Gay’ could be relegated to the duhs. Because, seriously, who didn’t know Lance Bass is gay? Lance Bass announcing he’s gay is like me announcing I like ice cream. Gosh, you think?
But anyway, much of the duhs would obviously be devoted to shit that doesn’t really matter. No one cares if Lance Bass is gay or not, really.
But sometimes the duhs could be devoted to stories like what a skeevy fucked-up jackass Joe Francis appears to be and how, if you hang out with him, you might want to consider if you are also a skeevy fucked-up jackass, who just maybe should not be surprised when bad things happen.
Ha. Shhhh. America, if you listen very quietly you can hear the first clicks on the keyboard of a man–I’m not sure which one–Exador, W., possibly Sarcastro–getting ready to gleefully take me to task about victim blaming.
And I have given this some thought. Women should be able to do what we want and go where we want and drink as much as we want without being assaulted or raped. I think it’s bullshit and a waste of time to second guess victims–oh, if only you’d dressed differently or gone home early or not been in that part of town or not even let him kiss you or whatever.
I don’t think general broad warnings against circumstances most of us find ourselves in all the fucking time serve any purpose other than to keep women afraid of fully living life and to let us feel better than the victims, as if that wouldn’t have ever happened to us because we’re too smart or careful or hermetically sealed in a windowless bathroom with a gun aimed at the door or whatever.
However, I think specific warnings about specific men are useful and that we shouldn’t shy away from them. Yes, men in general should behave themselves, but a guy who has built his fortune on getting very young women drunk and encouraging them to act like assholes is probably not that interested in making the world a better place for everyone.
Shoot, read the article and see how weird and fucked-up he is; he’s not even interested in making the world a better place for himself.
And I think we do ourselves a disservice if we shy away from saying "Women, Joe Francis appears to be a skeevy jackass. Steer clear." because we’re afraid of seeming like we’re blaming women if he facilitates bad things happening to them.
Clearly, there’s go to be a line of common sense that says "Women, do not be surprised if Joe Francis does not have your best interests at heart because he’s seems like a skeevy fucked-up jerk" is a lot different than "Well, since you should have known Joe Francis was a skeevy fucked-up jerk, whatever happened to you is your fault."