I’m sorry to have to say this, but commenter JR exhibited a perfect example of the voluntaryist mentality in a comment about yesterday’s link:
I disagree. There are some odd contradictions in liberal feminism, to be sure. But that is just because it isn’t progressive enough. Case in point: liberal feminists are currently upset about Daniel Tosh’s rape jokes. But sooner or later they will realize that there is at least one woman somewhere who consents to listen to rape jokes, by paying to see his shows, and reports that she enjoys it, just as there are many who consent to and enjoy sadomasochism.
Feminism should be inclusive towards these women who enjoy rape jokes, just as it should be toward sadomasochism. It’s no one’s place to judge them. Attacking rape jokes and the men who make them is simply marginalizing to these women’s experiences and identity. If a woman identifies as a rape-joke enjoyer, she deserves respect. Every woman has a right to enjoy rape jokes, without being judged for doing so. In conclusion, IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN WHO ENJOY RAPE JOKES, and stop marginalizing them through claiming rape jokes are “bad”.
I hope I don’t have to dissect this. This “one person enjoys X, therefore X is okay!” is pure subjectivism and total bullshit. But that’s the bullshit you commit to when you commit to a position as nonsensical as voluntaryism. You end up supporting rape jokes.
But JR doesn’t take it nearly far enough. Heck, I’m sure there’s a woman out there who enjoys rape. Why are feminists so against rape? Doyyyyyy…
Rape jokes are wrong because trivializing the rape culture is anti-women! No matter how much any given woman might enjoy it. What does someone’s enjoyment of a thing have to do with it being right or wrong?
Seriously JR, abandon this bizarre ethics of feelings and start thinking rationally about it. I’m not going to allow you to post comments that are against women any more than I allow comments that are anti-atheism or pro-government. People’s feelings are not a guide to reason or public policy.
By the way, JR, can you give us the derivation of this supposed “right to enjoy rape jokes”? Just curious.