Melissa has been on her jihad against Penny Arcade for 5 months now, and all for a comic that mentioned rape. Note, it didnt mock rape, it didnt use rape as the punchline, it didnt make fun of survivors of rape is just used rape as the set up to lead to the punchline.
Thats fine if you think rape should be a taboo and never joked about, but humour is subjective and there is never going to be universal agreement over what types of humour are acceptable.
Anyway, Melissa has been using all sorts of wacky leaps of logic to try and connect the Penny Arcade crowd with rape in some way, and her insane commenter’s have followed on with this theme.
Following on from suggesting that internet trolls that dont obey her blogs strict rules are “behaving like rapists” she wants to connect the Penny Arcade crowd with rape in any way she can.
Someone who defends rape jokes, which are the the primary means by which rape is normalized and its gravity diminished to make rape acceptable—so acceptable, in fact, that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be victimized by sexual violence at least once in their lifetimes, the vast majority of whom will never see justice for those crimes against them—is indeed a rape apologist.
Thats a fine opinion to have, but just as I do not believe that violent video game leads to murder, or violent movies, music and so forth I and many others dont buy the monkey see, monkey do approach. Call me crazy but I dont think Penny Arcade comics that mention rape really motivates people to start raping.
Her commenter’s continued on with the theme.
The stat I used was grabbed from from here, though I’m sure there are other studies out there with different results (meaning the 10-13% might also have been arrived at by reasonable means).
I’d also like to note, that if we take the conservative stat of 6%, and then apply it to PAX last year, and then, again conservaitvely, assume that only half of the 67,600 attendees were men, well then that would imply that there were over 2000 rapists at PAX last year.
What. The. Fuck?Anyone can play around with numbers with estimated rape figures. It may be close to the truth or it could be way off, I dont know. I could easily guess using a similar methodology that by the large community of Shakesville that there must be a fare few rapists who
regularly read their website too, but thats not anything to do with the site and like their guestimation of PAX it doesnt prove or say anything about PAX itself. Its just a sneaky way to try and suggest with no actual proof that PAX is some sort of mecca for rapists.
Here I’ll try, judging by blah blah number of pedophiles in our community and Shakesvilles blah blah blah number of regular commenter’s I’m assuming that Shakesville is regularly visited by THIS MANY PEDOPHILES. I could say that, but its completely disingenuous.They didnt stop there however, they needed to connect Penny Arcade and Rape together as much as they possibly could
I’m guessing most of their sales were to men, and they would agree.
Jeez, well imagine how many rapes must have been done wearing Chuck Taylors? Or Levi Jeans? Probably thousands. Does that say anything about the manufacturers of those clothes? Absolutely not, its just another pathetic attempt to connect rape and penny arcade with any ridiculous fallacy they can find.Rape is a terrible thing, but what Melissa and the shaker cult attempt to do is try and create a moral panic over rape and connect it with whatever they dont like. She talks a lot about a “Rape culture” but what is this? Her site serves to scare women so that they always as threatened by rape as is humanly possible.You know who you blame for rape? RAPISTS. Not people who make comics on the internet.
Then have them assume that it was one of the purchaser’s favorite shirts, top 10.
I have no idea how many shirts they sold, that number they are going to have to add to the calculation themselves.
Assume it’s 30,000 (i dunno, they have a lot of fans.)
Then by these numbers, and a bit of rounding, there is a 10% chance that a rape was committed *while wearing this shirt they sold.*