In connection with this blog I maintain a delightful Google alert on the word “rape,” which every day delivers extremely charming stories to my inbox, the vast variety of which do indeed seem to involve law enforcement. It was, therefore, a breath of fresh air to receive something which did not detail either (a) a horrific crime or (b) a years-late exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man.
Unfortunately, this breath of fresh air had to also contain the name “Bill O’Reilly.”:
Bill O’Reilly Speaking Engagement Angers Rape Survivors, Supporters
(March 10th, 2009) Rape survivors and their supporters across the country are angered by the choice of Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly to appear at a fundraiser to be held by a New York rape victims’ support foundation, It Happened to Alexa, in Florida on March 19th, and are petitioning the organizers to replace O’Reilly as the keynote speaker. They say that the choice of O’Reilly is inappropriate, given statements he has made on his shows in the past which suggest that victims of sexual violence are at least partly to blame for their being attacked.
via Ausiello @ the Voice
What was that I was just saying about strange bedfellows? Oh, right, before our conversation got derailed, I was saying something about having a tinge of anxiety about reconciling my general aversion to criticize worthy initiatives (like support organizations working with rape victims and survivors) with my general distaste with all the things that are done in the name of promoting the cause.
I realize that Bill O’Reilly may have a certain, uh, popular appeal, among, um, someone or other, but as it seems he has been invited to speak on his book and not on rape, I guess this isn’t part of his I Totes Don’t Hate Women World Tour. In which case, his appearance is entirely irrelevant to the cause. In which case, well, isn’t it kind of indefensible?
At any rate, if your face has unconsciously arranged itself into a sneer the way mine did upon reading this story, you may sign the petition here.