#ItAintRape Is Trending And Everyone Using It Should Be Publicly Shamed
[Trigger Warning: This article contains tweets that make light of rape and are just generally horrific.]
It’s freshly 2015, and the bottom feeders of Twitter are ringing in the New Year with a hashtag that proves rape culture is alive and well in America – #ItAintRape.
It’s as unfunny and uninspired as you imagine it would be. It’s also disgusting, horrific and I truly think women aren’t safe around any man who uses it. So my desire to publicly shame these vile, potentially dangerous individuals over-rode my apprehension about showing these disheartening slices of proof that rape culture is alive and well in 2015.
The hashtag seems to have been started by comedian Roland Powell, who goes by @lilduval on Twitter. He is the host of MTV’s “Guy Code,” a show that “features various pop culture entertainers, top comics, athletes and specialized experts who tell the story of the specialÂ code of conductÂ that exists between men.” I wonder if MTV endorses rape jokes. I think everyone should tweet @MTV to find out.
#itaintrape if I’m paying child support
â€” lil duval (@lilduval) April 10, 2010
No idea why this hashtag is making the rounds and trending four years after it started. The only positive thing about it is that it’s revealing a lot of support for victims and despair that such a thing would even exist:
#ItAintRape when consent is affirmative, given freely without coercion or influenced by alcohol/drugs, and is continuous.
â€” MsElizabethButts (@Auragasmic) January 5, 2015
#ItAintRape is trending. I might have to take the rest of the night off of Twitter.
â€” Ryan Eller (@Ryan_Eller) January 5, 2015
It’s actually important to look at trends like this one, for all of those people who insist that consent does not need to be taught. It obviously does.