Sunday, June 15, 2014

Might makes Wright



Susan Wright is a spokesperson for the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (NCSF). Historically many from the O/p group have had run ins with both her and that organisation, due to differences of opinion on hazy topics such as CNC. In her enthusiasm to help legalise or decriminalise BDSM she has had a nasty tendency to toss the O/p crowd under the bus, with all the enthusiasm of a British bowler. Now personally one regards the NCSF with same jaundiced eye as you do an unruly child in a supermarket; not really one's problem except in passing.

The organisation is not represented in this country and she is not our spokesperson for anything. In spite of this she still manages to come across the feed via friends. Usually friends who are howling in rage and frustration caused by her latest antics might one add. Everyone has a special talent and hers seems to be putting her foot in it. The woman seems to have all the finesse of a bull in a china shop.

Normally spokespeople for organisations have a certain amount of tact or charm. Failing that they learn from their mistakes and get someone to write their public missives. It saves on everyone's stress levels in the end. They get to say what they mean in an unambiguous way, that isn't open to misinterpretation that they then have to spend hours disavowing. It's a win win situation :)

Unfortunately Ms Wright does not choose to take that option. Subsequently her messages tend to come across as marginalising or worse, victim blaming. Her latest offering on Fet is a fine example of this unfortunate ability to turn a phrase; "Go to the cops" rather says it all. The screed of text can be summed up as look at the good we do, all wrapped up in the sentiment of we can't protect you if you don't report it.

Now that inability to protect people is not the issue... well it is, but not for this. It's the unfortunate subtext that suggests that if you don't report it and the predator goes on to create more traumas it's on you. After all if you had just reported it then it would have stopped.
Yeah, because that has always worked so well for people...
Everyone supports the victim of crime...
And the police have a sterling track record for empathy and understanding, as does the legal system...
Not to mention that the conviction rates that are so encouraging

Sighs, moves past the child, grabs the tin of coffee off the shelf and hastens to the exit...

4 comments:

mc kitten said...

Report it and if you don't further crimes are your fault.

Really. She believes that shit? Really?

She's never looked the conviction rates to which you refer then, has she.

*fume*

Master's piece said...

Obviously when you are an activist the world is much more black or white...
No room for messy greys or reality as others know it :(

mc kitten said...

Oh god it gets on my nerves so much... That kind of black/white attitude on behalf of an activist actually only serves to stomp all over their cause in my opinion.

I guess its the 'without love I'm an empty sounding bell' or whatever it is. (St Paul. Terrible old misogynist but did get round to some good ideas in the end)

Master's piece said...

They were all terrible misogynists, it doesn't stop some of their ideas being sound though :D