Trigger warning: this article discusses Thunderf00t’s rape video, whch is about rape. Therefore, this article mentions rape. If you are triggered by mentions of rape, please don’t read this article because it mentions rape. Please read a different article that doesn’t mention rape.
Thunderf00t, creator of the acclaimed “Why do people laugh at creationists” series and demolisher of Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes Vs Women in Videogames”, has made a new video. And it’s bad. Really bad. It’s about rape. I’ve embedded it below:
Before I go on and say what’s wrong with this video, I want to say something about “sides”. I’m a skeptic, I go with the evidence. I often speak out against gender feminists and “social justice warriors” because some of them are attempting to infiltrate the atheist and skeptic movements. Their ideologies clash with evidence, so I try to combat them. However, in this case the evidence is definitely NOT with Thunderf00t, so I’m going to speak out against what he is saying.
The video starts by talking about risk avoidance. In other words, women should be avoiding situations where they may be raped. What Thunderf00t fails to do here, and throughout the video, is make a clear distinction between trying to avoid being a victim of a crime, and who is responsible for committing that crime. Sorry to sound like a social justice warrior, but they do have one thing right: rape is always the fault of the rapist. People are never put in a situation where they have to rape. At 1:56, he says “people have different sexual drives”. That sounds like an excuse for rape to me.
He then goes on to explain what he thinks the “rape spectrum” is (whatever that is), clearly having no idea what consent is. Then he says something at 7:46 that made me want to vomit:
“If you have been raped the most important thing to remember is that it was not your fault”. While this may be mostly true…
“Mostly true”? It’s “mostly true” that it’s not your fault if you get raped? When is it ever remotely true that the victim of rape is at all at fault? Again, it’s the fault of the rapist! Always!
He then starts talking about the psychology of not being a victim, then says something really dumb about wasps, then something about mountain lions. Later on Twitter he talks about a woman who burned herself on a MacDonald’s coffee. I will say this: mountain lions are animals, and a cup of coffee is an inanimate object. Humans can control inanimate objects, and mountain lions are not using free will. Rapists are people, and people choose to rape. Therefore, the blame for rape always lies with the person who makes the concious choice to commit it.
At 13:22 he says “Your choice of clothes is a statement about yourself”. What statement is that? Rape me? Again, it’s about consent man, CONSENT! It’s not a difficult idea. He finishes by once again failing to differentiate between taking precautions and taking blame. It’s really sad to see.
If Thunderf00t reads this, I know what he’ll says. Something like “Is it wrong to tell people to take precautions so they avoid being a victim of crime?”. Well, no it’s not. What IS wrong, is implying that it’s the victim’s fault they got raped because they didn’t take those precautions. That is what Thunderf00t has done in this video, and that’s why this video sucks.