The Daily Caller attempts to defend “corrective rape” comments by Joe Rehyansky
Last week you may remember I wrote a piece looking at an op-ed that appeared on the conservative blog paper, The Daily Caller. In it, one time part-time magistrate and retired Army vet Joe Rehyansky, in amongst many derogatory and out-dated myths about gay men, also wrote a comment which for many, including myself seemed to be saying that lesbians should be permitted to join the army unlike their male homosexual counterparts but only if:
Straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream. (Daily Caller)
This particular piece was, as you may remember removed from the op-ed although the rest of the opinions of Joe Rehyansky stood.
Many, including myself, wrote about our disappointment that such a piece had been written in the first place and that it had been allowed online before the offending remark was removed by editors once a furore started on the internet.
Many, including myself also wrote with disgust that such a level of bigotry would exist and saw a parallel with the terribly sad and disgusting “corrective rape” crimes that take place in South Africa of lesbian women. My piece highlighted, amongst others, the case of “Eudy Simelane, a member of the South African women’s soccer team and an out Lesbian and advocate for GBLT rights. She was raped and murdered in 2008. ActionAid stated that this was a hate crime, and her murder was directly related to her sexual orientation.” (VATP)
The Daily Caller however would like one to think differently.
I read with interest an article that The Salon posted “The Daily Caller (sorta) defends crazy old bigot’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” column“.
In it, they post comments made by Daily Caller editor Peter Tucci in which he laments at the demonization of Joe Rehyansky:
Last week, The Daily Caller published an article by Rehyansky entitled, “Don’t hint, don’t wink: an immodest proposal.” In the article, Rehyansky argues that lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the US military but gay men should not. He concludes with a sarcastic comment (since removed) saying that if lesbians were allowed in the military, male GIs would be able to turn them straight — or, in Rehyansky’s words, “convert them into the mainstream.”
Liberal bloggers took this sentence to mean that Rehyansky is in favor of raping lesbians in order to turn them straight. What followed was a barrage of articles — written by bloggers based in at least six different countries — condemning Rehyansky for “advocating rape.”
While it’s true that Rehyansky didn’t write “male soldiers should rape lesbians until they are straight,” calling his line “sarcastic” is the sort of defense you use when you don’t have a real defense. (And they removed that line from the column, so … they apparently didn’t find it very defensible last week.)
In the “conversion” fantasy of a straight bigot, the consent of the convertee generally does not enter into it. I’m not sure how, exactly, these lesbians will be “brought into the mainstream,” except against their will. So it seems eminently fair to me to argue that Rehyansky, in his entitlement and his bigotry, was making the case for rape, even if he was too foolish to understand that himself.
Well, it was a terrible article even without the last part, and if he’s not ready to stand behind his words, then he should get off the internet. He wrote an article that was insulting and based on ancient stereotypes. There’s so much else to get pissed at him about besides the implied rape of his last joke (which it was. It implies sexual assault of some kind, and going by the rest of his piece, I’d say he WAS advocating it, if not saying it outright). If he was joking, it was in bad taste. Just because someone is a veteran, it doesn’t make their opinion beyond criticism. Lot’s of terrible people were and are veterans. Why are you so worried about the internet because of this? Your site traffics in this kind of pile on anyway. ALL sites like this, of any political persuasion, pile on like this. The whole “it’s all rigged” thing comes to mind. Geeze, you’re a whiner!
- The Daily Caller (sorta) defends crazy old bigot’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” column (salon.com)
- Joe Rehyansky Suggests “Converting” Lesbians in Military (brainz.org)
- Joe Rehyansky advocates ‘corrective rape’ for US lesbian soldiers (viewsacrossthepond.wordpress.com)
- Joe Rehyansky: Allow Lesbians To Serve In Order To Give ‘Straight Male GIs A Fair Shot At Converting’ Them (huffingtonpost.com)
- The ‘Let Straight Soldiers Rape Lesbians’ Argument Has Been Removed From Vietnam Vet Joe Rehyansky’s Pro-DADT Spiel (queerty.com)