[T]hree years ago, I participated in a blogswarm set up to raise money for rape victims of the war in Liberia. I tried to do a little more than just raise money, to talk about why rape is and should be an expected consequence of going to war.
Anyone who has ever in the history of the internet talked about Schroedinger’s Rapist knows what happened next. We didn’t. That post hadn’t been written yet.
The first thing people did, of course, was deny at length and with many attempts at diversion that we should be talking about rape at all. There were demands for statistics, demands for the sources of statistics (which had already been given), demands that we talk about women exactly the same way we talk about men despite no evidence that female soldiers do the same thing.
Why am I bringing this up now? Because those people who are totally not unhealthily obsessed with FtB in general and me as one of many in particular are also talking about this three-year-old set of blog posts.
And the commenters do their damnedest to erode any faith in humanity I’ve ever had by diverting the topic of discussion to their own feels instead. Get over there and fix that, please.
I was involved in that blogswarm too, by the way — talking around the concept of Schrodinger’s Rapist before that particular blog post was written and began making the rounds. I did what I usually do, taking Greg Laden’s educational oversimplification of the question and put a shit-ton of nuance back into the example (by making the analogy well over-complicated just to try to beat down some of the common troll tropes — making it less than useful as an analogy).
I mention this only because I drew the specific “soldier” Stephanie refers to, off of those topics and onto my own blog for two days, and he revealed that his “true” purpose for trolling was to drum up hits for the blogswarm. Well, I don’t know how much of anything he’s ever said was true, considering he once pretended to be dying to evoke sympathy from the Skepchick commentariat.