Conservative says women in military make up rape stories for money

derbThose of us concerned about the sexual assault epidemic ravaging the military can all the chill out, thanks to some really awesome news: women who join the military are pathological freaks who make up stories about being raped out of spite, for money or for attention. This, at least, is the opinion of esteemed (by fellow homophobic-racist- misogynists) “journalist” John Derbyshire. If that name sounds familiar, you’re either a FHRM (fellow homophobic-racist-misogynist) or you remember when Derbyshire urged white parents to follow his lead and have that really important, life-saving talk with their children about the birds and the bees the blacks. He advised his own children to, among other racist tricks, “(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally,” “(10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods,” “If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date.” This got him fired from The National Review.

Luckily for him, and us, Taki’s Magazine, which describes itself as “a Libertarian webzine” and calls itself by the affectionate nickname “Takimag,” welcomed Drebyshire with open arms and he joined the ranks of FHRM columnists like Pat Buchanan. In an article for his cleverly named “Derbtown” column, called “The Sexual Harassment Panic” (I love it already), “the Derb” (if you will, and I hope you will) explains that he’s just here to help: “My work here aims to be constructive: to apprise the US military of some true facts that might assist them in pushing back against the USC tsunami.” He then lays out his points with the same organization and clarity he did in his article on the blacks. I paraphrase but also include his original language to demonstrate the importance of his argument, the precision of his language, and the shocking fact that I’m not exaggerating or distorting his screed. But perhaps my greatest motivation for pasting screenshots instead of linking to the article is this plea that appears when I copy and paste the text:

“Please share this article by using the link below. When you cut and paste an article, Taki’s Magazine misses out on traffic, and our writers don’t get paid for their work.”

So, in italics, I present my translation of “The Derb” and below each translation is a screenshot from his article.

1. What do you expect to happen when you mix the sexes? This is why women shouldn’t be in the army, and integration will be the ruin of civilization. I also cannot concentrate when any women are around, because I’m a pathological horndog.

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2. When men outnumber ladies they can’t control themselves. It’s hard for them and they suffer all sorts of feelings. They can’t get anything done. I know because I’m a pathological horndog.

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3. Powerful men make women horny. Men know this and unless they relieve themselves suffer extreme blue balls. I am in pain as I write this.

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4. Men like to blow shit up because of their DNA. While normal women stay home, pop out kids and love needle point, women who join the army are freaks-of-nature nut jobs, who lie about sexual assault for ulterior motives. But also, if there are any real cases of sexual assault, it’s because human nature and women in the army. See above.

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5. If a woman says she was sexually assaulted, she probably just means she regrets having sex with the guy. And I know because I asked a real-life lady friend about this, this one time.

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6. Shouldn’t the army be more worried about fighting wars than about a little bit of mass, systemic, entrenched and widespread sexual assault. And am I a funny, clever sarcastic guy, or what?

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Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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  • Sue Nugent

    This man’s terminology tells me he not only is clearly a racist, a homophobe and a sexist– it also is clear to me he was never in the military. For that reason I question him– he like so many of these maniacs on the right appear to be cowards of the highest degree. Most of the mouth pieces are all of age that they should have served in the Vietnam War and should be challenged constantly for their lackings.
    As a Vet I get tired of the press not asking, “Did you serve, Why not?” Until these men are called out and demeaned in ways their clan care about they will continue to be respected in their little world. I mean Dick Cheney and Rush medical deferments for anal cysts and hemorrhoids– Ted Nugent a crazy deferment. Not to mention Glenn Beck and or Hannity none of them know the first thing about military life.
    I am not suggesting everyone should and has to serve–I just question those who deride women who do or homosexuals that do. Especially those who avoided a draft.
    Women in the military face so much but yet I know any of them given a moment with this ass could verbally win a debate to his clear lack of knowledge of serving– and then maybe they could show him some womens DNA could whip his DNA.

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  • John

    Even if he were right and he definitely isn’t, since most rapes in the military are committed against men (numerically not proportionally), it would still need to be addressed.