[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE JOKES, RAPE APOLOGISM]
Hey thanks, comedian Roland Powell, for starting a hashtag dedicated to rape apologism. Now we have a handy list of potential rapists to avoid. Or publicly shame. Or hey, how about we start getting these people fired? I may just start looking these people up and sending their public tweets to their mothers and/or employers until I feel better.
The hashtag is #itaintrape. It's being used by people who think rape is just a great big joke and it's funny to say things like "it's not rape if she can't say no" even though this is still being used by rapists to justify their crimes and get out of any jail time. It was literally less than three years ago that the US Department of Justice revised their definition of rape to include instances where the victim can't say no. Three years ago, according to the US Department of Justice, it wasn't rape unless she said no, unless it was "forcible." Rape of an incapacitated or intoxicated person didn't count. Coercive rape didn't count.
Rape culture is such a problem in this country that the definition of rape that makes the "it's not rape if she can't say no" joke merely a joke and not a legal reality IS A FUCKING TODDLER. And still, legal definitions mean little, because "she didn't say no" is still constantly used to defend a rapist's actions. It is still a reality for so many women who get zero justice.
So how about #itaintmurder if I kill Roland Powell for being a rape apologist, rape-promoting piece of shit? How about that?
By the way, Roland Powell is the host of an MTV show called "Guy Code" (big surprise). So you might want to head over to MTV's Twitter account and ask them why the hell they're giving a paycheck to a man who thinks that rape is hilarious.
And I still get people telling me that rape culture doesn't exist. Ha.