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Mulayam Singh Yadav, Asshole of the Day for April 10, 2014
We feature many Americans on this site. Of course we do. We’re in America and they’re our assholes. We’ve featured some international assholes, but set the bar higher to be sure that what they’re saying is as offensive as it sounds to Americans if there’s a cultural difference.
But some of them are easy. It’s 2014 and no matter where you are on this planet, it’s not acceptable to excuse or diminish the crime of rape. And yet here’s former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav saying boys will be boys:
Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam asked, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging?
"Ladke, ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai (Boys are boys. Mistakes happen sometimes)," he told an election rally in Moradabad.
The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.
"Efforts will be made to change the law, so that those misusing it are punished.
"Boys will be boys. Mistakes sometimes happen."
How can rape be classified as a mistake?
And the particular rapes that he is referring to were men who participated in gang rapes on more than one occasion. You don’t rape on different occasions and get to say “Oops! Those were mistakes.”
So, for minimizing the seriousness of rape and excusing it with the tired old “boys will be boys” bullshit, Mulayam Singh Yadav is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but far from the first man to be featured on this site for saying awful things about rape.
Full story: The Economic Times
"Rape Poem To End All Rape Poems"
EVERYBODY WATCH THIS.
I’m not a huge fan of this “no means no” slogan because it kind of implies that consent is implicit until revoked, and that only a verbalised “no” can revoke it, when in reality it’s absent until freely given, and a lack of consent does not have to be verbalised to be valid.
no does mean no, but that’s only a very small part of the story.