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Woman Goes On Hannity, Says Men Should Not Rape Women, Gets Gang Rape Threats

by David Badash on March 11, 2013

in News,Politics,War on Women

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Zerlina Maxwell, a liberal pundit and political analyst, appeared on Fox News‘ “Hannity” last week to advocate for men to not rape women. In return, Maxwell has become the target of a social media campaign threatening to gang rape and kill her.

Maxwell, in the video below, recounts that she was assaulted by someone she knew, and challenges Sean Hannity, who says he is an accomplished marksman and always carries a gun, and that she should have too.

“I think that the entire conversation is wrong,” Maxwell says. “I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’t tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.”

Josh Marshall, founder and editor of Talking Points Memo, who is an acquaintance of Maxwell’s, notes, “since an appearance on Hannity on Tuesday she’s basically been under an escalating online assault filled with racist epithets and threats of rape all for stating what I think is a fairly straightforward opinion on the intersecting issues of guns and rape.”

“The gist of Zerlina’s argument was that it should be on men and the culture in general to make rape and sexual assault unacceptable rather than on women to arm themselves to not be raped,” Marshall writes:

In other words, don’t put it on her to carry a gun any more than you tell her to dress a particular way or anything else. The underlying point of debate was whether rape is just something like murder or robbery — something that will always exist to some, hopefully limited, degree — or something that is bound up in and encouraged or discouraged by our culture. In other words, whether men can be taught not to rape.

The Blaze posted this transcript:

“I don’t think that we should be telling women anything,” Maxwell said. “I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.”

“Criminals are not going to listen to that,” Hannity interjected.

“You are talking about it as if there is some faceless, nameless criminal, when a lot of times it is someone that you know and trust,” Maxwell replied.

Hannity pointed out that “evil exists in the world” and women need to know that these situations unfortunately occur.

“We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it,” Maxwell said, repeating the same bizarre claim.

Instead, Maxwell, who is a rape survivor herself, said she wants women to “not be in this situation.” She added that if you “train” men not to be rapists, we can prevent rape.

“If firearms were the answer, then the military would be the safest place for women and it’s not,” she said.



Here, a Storify roundup:


Zerlina Maxwell And All Women Deserve Better.

Maxwell dared to tell the truth, on "Hannity," and online:

Storified by David Badash· Mon, Mar 11 2013 09:33:11

Society teaches "don’t get raped," rather than "don’t rape." Maxwell
And dared to fight back:
U don’t hv anything better 2 do than meme my face? RT @evadnikufesin: U have to b the stupidest female on the planet. Maxwell
One example of the hate via Twitter directed at Maxwell for daring to ay that men should not rape women:
@ZerlinaMaxwell you’re a stupid #nigger. Oh, I’m sorry was that #racist? #sorrynotsorryProjekt
A few retweets of @michael_ny_usa’s tweets that seem to have since disappeared:
"@michael_ny_usa: @ZerlinaMaxwell Nigger! I hope you get raped anour throat slit! May be then you …have to be armed! DIE BITCH!" @twitterMisspell
"@michael_ny_usa:<<<<<@misspell @zerlinamaxwell You are my problem! Now…. Go away and DIE! Before I rip your your throat and it raw!"Misspell
Anger! RT @michael_ny_usa: @DaniParadis @blamoboy @zerlinamaxwell Pussies! I want to rip your Throats open and suck your fresh Blood!Pamplemousse
Check out the #racist on the block @michael_ny_usa! He wants to rape women.Show him how wrong he is! #UniteBlue PENEBAKER
Actually, I’m sharing a screengrab. I am also reporting it to law enforcement. I won’t be bullied like this. WILL NOT Maxwell
I will RT @tammyingram: @ZerlinaMaxwell You should: He also threatened to shoot the president. Maxwell
Fortunately, some strong support for Zerlina Maxwell:
.@michael_ny_usa – do you still feel it was appropriate to tweet the message you sent to Zerlina Maxwell last week?Joy Reid
Standing by @ZerlinaMaxwell who is getting threats of rape for suggesting men be taught not to rape. We are rising with you.Eve Ensler
Sir Patrick Stewart agrees with me. So that’s cool.Zerlina Maxwell

Think Progress notes:

These kinds of online threats are not simply cowardly and repulsive, they also may be criminal. In New York, where Maxwell resides, a person who “[w]ith intent to harass, annoy or alarm a specific person, intentionally engages in a course of conduct directed at such person which is likely to cause such person to reasonably fear physical injury or serious physical injury, the commission of a sex offense against, or the kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment or death of such person or a member of such person’s immediate family” is guilty of stalking in the third degree, and may bepunished by up to one year in prison. At least some of the attacks on Maxwell also could qualify as hate crimes, which would lead to a higher sentence.


Image, top, via Think Progress via Zerlina Maxwell

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Siddigfan March 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I was kidnapped and molested as a young teenager. A gun would not have helped. It was on a date with someone I thought I 'knew' just as Zerlina said. I hope they locate these vicious commenters both male and female and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. They need to be off the street before they really harm someone. Their families and coworkers need to know that this is the way these creeps are thinking so they can protect themselves.

Bronxboy47 March 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

No surprise here. That's the way the Klannity crowd rolls.

BJLincoln March 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Wow! They just solidified her stance on the culture big time. She really struck a nerve.
It is hard to believe the idea of NOT raping would get such a response. In America no less.

Guys do not understand how women have to conduct their behavior every time they leave the house. Or live alone. Or the fear. ….. Make sure your keys are in your hand before leaving. Park in a well lite area and check under and in the car before you get in. Lock all doors as soon as you are in the car. Take a buddy if you are going to be out at night. Take a self defense class. Don't use your first name in the phone book.

Men do not have to think about this crap. They are most often the attacker.
The fact that anyone got this upset and sent a message threatening to rape her is very disturbing.

calvin2004 March 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Like Zerlina said, a lot of women are raped or assualted by people they know, not random crooks. And the sad truth is a lot of rapes and assults wouldn't be considered such by Hannity and his crowd. They think its women's faults – the way they dress or what they were wearing. What kind of screwed up mind thinks that because a woman is skantilly clad, she was asking for it? Sickening.

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