Zerlina Maxwell was recently on Hannity to talk about rape and “gun control.” [LINK: Zerlina Maxwell on Hannity – YouTube] to Maxwell’s point was that men should be taught “not to rape.” In typical Hannity fashion he refused to allow her to speak, constantly interrupting her and refusing to recognize the point she was trying to make. Hannity refused to allow Maxwell to make her point. Maxwell’s point? Women shouldn’t be charged with the responsibility of stopping rape once it starts – men should be charged with the responsibility of not raping women in the first place.
My point is Maxwell’s point – men should be taught not to rape. Rape cases far too often focus on the woman in the case, the victim. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the woman to defend herself from being raped. It should be the responsibility of the rapist to not rape.
Hannity, during his constant interruptions of Maxwell, tried to make a point which is commonly used in political discourse saying that “You think you can tell a rapist to stop doing what he is doing?… And he is going to listen to an ad campaign to stop?”* Hannity implies that a rapist is a rapist and at no point was he anything other than a rapist. At no point does one become a rapist, he merely is a rapist.
The problem is in regarding a rapist as though they were always a rapist, and more generally a criminal as always a criminal. Rapists are not born rapists – they are not forged from stone and steel like a sword made for raping. Continue reading