Monday, July 22, 2019

I'm About To Lose My Mind: Al Franken Edition

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE CULTURE, SEXUAL ASSAULT]

Al Franken is back in the fucking news again. Is it because he did something newsworthy? No! It's because some fucking liberal who writes for the New Yorker wrote a long thinkpiece claiming he was "railroaded" when he voluntarily decided to resign after a photo of him sexually assaulting a sleeping woman started circulating and seven other women came forward accusing him of sexual harassment and/or assault.

I haven't read the piece myself, because I don't think I'll be able to make it through the opening paragraph and just thinking about trying makes me want to cry.

Listen. This shit right here is more upsetting than yet another story of Donald Trump raping a woman. I'm not saying that what Al Franken did to Leeann Tweeden is worse than what Trump did to E. Jean Carroll, because it's not. But any woman who has ever had a male friend who turned out to be unsafe (or worse) will understand what I mean.

It's bad enough to have a fucking President who is a serial rapist and whose victims were sometimes underage, as young as 13. That's all horrible. Maybe the only reason I don't feel worse about it is because I can't even really allow it inside my head because if I did I would have a breakdown. All I know is how I feel, and this Al Franken shit is supremely upsetting. I and the rest of us shouldn't have to deal with liberals - people who claim to be on the side of women and survivors and everyone who is more likely than others to be sexually assaulted or raped - putting this much effort into upholding and contributing to rape culture.

It's a striking reminder that nobody is safe. Nothing is more horrifying than the reminder that your friends and family are the ones most likely to sexually assault you. Liberals go out of their way to remind me of this on a regular basis by doing shit like this, dragging up open-and-shut cases that should have been left in the grave as a reminder of how sexual assault allegations should be handled. Instead, they keep resurrecting the zombie that is this story to the point that now I have to know that Al Franken said he regrets resigning, making him just another sexual predator piece of shit and ruining the only thing that made this story not completely awful and triggering - the fact that Franken voluntarily resigned because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Thanks for that. Thanks for all of that. Thanks for ruining my day and the days of many survivors,  Jane Mayer and The New Yorker.

The Democrat who replaced Franken in the Senate is doing just fine, by the way. No harm done in that respect in spite of all the liberal handwringing that a Republican would replace him, which was never a serious possibility.

I don't understand why this piece needed to be written other than some assholes being like "do survivors feel bad enough right now? What can we do to make them feel completely unsafe in their everyday lives?"

Day successfully ruined, New Yorker liberals. Mission accomplished.

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