Thunderf00t and Wasps and Mountain Lions and Rape
Two videos in two weeks! Can this be the restart of something special?? I’ve even typed out a transcript for those of you who want/require it.
Pretty obvious I guess but TRIGGER WARNING for talk of rape and rapists and rapey beasts of the wilderness!
This video is inspired by Graham “SomeGreyBloke” Murkett’s blog.
I reference this study, which you can read in full:
CONVICTED RAPIST’S VOCABULARY OF MOTIVE EXCUSES AND JUSTIFICATIONS
by Diana Scully and Joseph Marolla
Okay, here’s the video!
Good news, ladies! Your days of being raped are over, thanks to the advice of one Phil Mason, aka “Thunderf00t,” a YouTube vlogger who hates feminism and loves awesome analogies involving animals. I was just reading the blog of a fellow YouTuber called SomeGreyBloke who spent nine posts going into everything that’s wrong with Thunderfoot’s 18-minute long treatise on why women need to be careful of what we wear and how we behave in order to not be raped.
So I’m not going to go into all of it but there were just a few points I wanted to expand upon like this awesome analogy involving an animal that Thunderfoot makes:
“By far the best weapon you have to fight against a stronger, more powerful adversary is psychology.
Point in question, the simple wasp. The wasp is typically a factor of a millionth smaller than a man or a woman and yet they manage to effectively discourage people from attacking them.
Women are typically only ten percent smaller than their male counterparts, and for those who find this a little too cryptic, people know that a wasp will fight to defend itself. That’s its self defence mechanism, and that fact alone will discourage most attackers.”
This is 100% true. I am at least a million times bigger than a wasp and those are terrifying. So this is great advice ladies. If you are confronted with a potential rapist, you should channel your inner wasp. That potential rapist should not know whether you’re just buzzing around for a bit before taking off or whether you’re about to stab him to death with something popping out of your butt. Who knows?
And because 80-85% of all rapes are done by acquaintances, you should channel that inner wasp literally all the time. And this should have no social consequences for you at all.
Just a few months ago I was at a party outside and there was a wasp was there. Everyone was like, “Oh my god, who invited the wasp? What a GREAT idea that was.” And that wasp went from group to group, making lifelong friends, and at no point did anyone try to rape that wasp, not even the guy who went to the hospital in anaphylactic shock.
Phil moves on to another analogy to prove that he is speaking from experience when telling women how to not get raped:
“And I know what many of you’ll be saying “Oh that’s easy for you to dob out such advice, you’ve never been in such a situation” – well actually, I have. All alone. In the very late evening, in a mountain pass, with no one around for miles. I faced a predator. A mountain lion, with a cub, that was stalking me. I played the game for real stakes.
Had I given off the body language of the victim – of the prey – there is a very real possibility that I wouldn’t be here making this video.”
That’s right: a mountain lion tried to rape Thunderf00t. He doesn’t say that explicitly but why else would he be using this story as an example of how women shouldn’t be raped. So yeah, Tfoot is out there in the wilderness with a larger beast and he had a choice to make: he could have been the victim uh he could have dropped to all fours and started munching on some bits of grass and then made an alarmed “maaaaaaaaa” noise and then run away but no, that would be prey behavior.
So Instead he well I don’t think he really goes into what he did but I assume he made himself as large as possible using his jacket, blew his mountain lion rape whistle, and called a park ranger. And that’s what we should all do when faced with potential rapists. Also when you run away maybe use a zig zag pattern.
I know all of this seems very silly to those of you who don’t know as much about preventing rape as Thunderfoot, but let me tell you, I’ve done a lot of research into this and a lot of what Thunderfoot says in his video is indistinguishable from the words of wisdom offered by actual admitted rapists in prison. There have been several studies looking into their stories and what they have to say and let me tell you Thunderfoot has done a great job of sounding exactly – exactly- like those rapists.
For instance, there was a study done in 1984 that included in-depth interviews with rapists in prison and these rapists went into their justifications for why they raped. And the researchers found several major themes throughout all of the answers, one of which was that many of the rapists believed that the women they raped didn’t do enough to convey the fact that they did not want to be raped. Even though many of the rapists were holding deadly weapons at the time, they still believed that the women just didn’t fight back because they secretly wanted it.
One woman one of the rapists described she was abducted at knifepoint in the middle of the night and gang-raped, and actually they interviewed two of her rapists, and they reported that she didn’t resist it so she was probably into it. They don’t go into detail on what would have happened with the knife if the woman had resisted but many of the other rapists mention that they only got violent with women because of resistance but who knows maybe if she had resisted they would have just left her alone.
Another common theme in the study was the idea that nice girls don’t get raped. A large percentage of rapists in prison vociferously agreed with many of Thunderfoot’s points here, using their victims’ dress and behavior as a way to excuse raping them. Their comments ranged from pointing out that a woman they raped was wearing tight black clothes or wearing a skirt, or that a woman spread her legs when exiting a car, or that a woman claimed she was a virgin but seemed much more experienced while being raped, or this gem: “She was a waitress and you know how they are.”
One rapist claimed that his victims deserved it because they had been prostitutes, even though pre-sentence reports indicated that none of them were prostitutes.
Much like Thunderf00t, these rapists believed that these traits made their victims more rapable. So to follow Thunderf00t and the convicted rapists’ thinking, women can avoid being raped by not wearing tight black clothing or skirts, by keeping their knees locked while exiting cars, by not being waitresses, by not being mistaken for a prostitute by a deranged rapist, or even by not having sex, ever. By not being experienced in bed. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a very good chance you’ll get raped, but at least there will be fewer ways for Thunderf00t and your rapist to blame you for it.