Thursday, October 26, 2006

Two statements

Please explain the difference between these two statements. Both speakers are describing the culpability of rape victims:
Statement A: "If one puts uncovered meat out in the street, or on the footpath, or in the garden, or in the park, or in the backyard, without a cover and then the cats come and eat it, is it the fault of the cat or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem."

Statement B: "Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning."
Statement A is, of course, more grammatically correct, but I can't find a real qualitative difference between the two statements other than that. These are obviously the statements of misogynistic pricks willing to suggest that victims of rape were just asking for it. Disgusting.

Here's where the difference comes in: The speaker of Statement A was immediately and roundly pilloried by his national press. The speaker of Statement B, on the other hand, was awarded with an interview with his nation's leader. As an added twist, one of the newspapers calling most loudly for the head of the speaker of Statement A is owned by the same man for whom the speaker of Statement B works.

How does this work and how did our society get so sick?


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