Yesterday’s Senate judiciary committee hearing has once again brought the subject of sexual assault into the headlines and everyday conversation. On Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and nominee to the Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh each appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to address Dr. Ford’s allegation that while she and Kavanaugh were in high school, Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party.
Matt Barber owns and operates barbwire.com. Barbwire.com is home to some of the most vehement Trump supporting propaganda available. The right-wing site features articles attacking inclusive sex education, blaming game people for inventing oral sex, and other such right-winging nonsense.
In the wake of the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, barbwire.com featured an op-ed written by Dr. Don Boys. The op-ed was published on Tuesday and is a despicable defense of Kavanaugh of sexual assault against women. Boys called the allegations and ensuing controversy a “sad, sickening saga.”
Boys wanted to make his objectivity clear, he said, “Everyone must keep in mind that there is a minuscule (sic)possibility that her accusations are true just as there is small chance that there are little green men on Mars.”
While he says he wants to see justice and does not have an agenda, he says feminists are “female fascist progressives” who “don’t care about justice, truth, honesty, and fairness.” He goes on to justify Kavanaugh’s behavior, even if Ford’s allegations are true. He wrote:
“Rape is having sex with a woman while she screams for help. No scream, no rape according to Deuteronomy 22:23-24. Ford says Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth so did she scream for help when his hand was elsewhere? After all, it was in a bedroom of a house; surely, one of the other 4 teens could have heard him scream when she bit his hand. Did she bite his hand? Poke him in the eye? Women know instinctively how to protect their honor: screaming, shouting, slapping, spitting, slugging, and stabbing with a finger, pencil, or hat pin. Since she did not cry out or stab him, I will not believe her without a film of the event.”
Of course, Boys interpretation of the passage he referenced is wrong. The passage actually reads:
“If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.”
While the passage does suggest that people should be stoned to death for infidelity, it in no way defines rape.