This was written as a direct response to the comments of Joseph A. Rehyansky, a conservative columnist who retired from Chattanooga, Tennessee's DA's Office and serves as a part time magistrate. Rehyansky was quoted in an op-ed piece on Don't Ask, Don't Tell with the following : “My solution would get the distaff part of our homosexual population off our collective ‘Broke Back,’ thus giving straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream. “ and regarding the beginnings of human history and the nature of men: “It fell to men to swing through the trees and scour the caves in search of as many women as possible to subdue and impregnate — a tough job but someone had to do it."
Not only is it horrifying (and extremely wrong) to state that it is a male's genetic imperative to rape, But also that this rape is a viable option to convert lesbians (as if conversion was needed!). He has been well documented in his homophobic and sexist commentary in this article and many others. It's easy to write Rehyansky off as a nut, but unfortunately these thoughts are not relegated only to him. Rather, they are indicative of the rape culture and patriarchal mindset that permeate every aspect of our society.
In your own words, you long for a world where “men swing through the trees and scour the caves, looking for victims to subdue”, I long for a different world, one in which cowards like you are forced to reap the hate you sew. Nothing can atone for your words, but I would see the pain they felt visited upon your head ten thousand fold. Your “good warriors” fall in line right behind you. Their refusal to stand in opposition an endorsement. Their complicity cannot be ignored. Hidden behind an ahistorical view, a guise for your hatred. Retribution, for your false claims. Then finally your voice will fall silent, unable to spew the bile, fear, hate and ignorance upon which you have built your life.
released August 15, 2011
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