Seriously, put the keys away. (The Fauxrage)

It seems I have ruffled the feathers of  photog Taylor Yocom  with my post Seriously, put the keys away.  I got the following email (and some comments from her followers)

Miguel,

I am the artist behind the Guarded photo series. My series is depicting the sad reality of having to use these objects, I am not trying to show “the best available option.” Your post does not represent the goal of my series and the images were used without my consent. I respectfully ask that you take down my material.
Taylor

And I will kindly respond:

Dear Taylor and et al:

I could tell you all to go pound sand and ignore you. I could also tell you that a simple Google search would have led you to what is known as Fair Use and again tell you to go pound sand.

I could also play games with you, ignore your request till you guys start some sort of petition and drive traffic to my site. Hate Comments and Hate Mail is always appreciated and make for Internet Brownie Points.

But I will take down your pictures and not because you requested it. Nope. I will do so because I refuse to support Rape Apologists and Supporters such as yourself.

Gasping for air now? Good. Shocked? Even better.

Rape sucks. Rapists need to be denied access to victims. Rapists are major assholes that need to be put away, missing appendages preferable. My “cause” and my “agenda” (as Allie and Monroe expressed) is for women to be able to defend themselves from predators that seek to harm them and not to cuddle them in a false sense of security telling them Unicorn tales about how a “powerful statement to the community” will somehow improve their lives. You are basically setting  your fellow women to continue to be victims and that makes you a supporter of the crime. An Useful Idiot for Team Rape.

To Allie: “justifying victim blaming”? Dear precious snowflake. If you consider that teaching a woman to not only survive but to win a battle against a dedicated rapist is victim blaming, you are too stupid to breathe without written instructions. I am for the true empowerment of women, not some fauxrage that looks cute in the interwebs. I want an atmosphere so obnoxious for Rapists that they actually come to fear every woman who walks by because they do not know if they will be weak victims or dangerous badgers that will kill them. Rapists are cowards and for some reason, just like any other human being, hate pain and massive blood loss. I want women to inflict that pain and blood loss.

And I will freely admit that even with the tools and the training I support, a woman may not be able to win against an attacker. There is that chance. But your “strategy” guarantees a 100% failure rate and more unnecessary victims of rape.

And May God Keep You Safe in spite of yourself.

8 Replies to “Seriously, put the keys away. (The Fauxrage)”

  1. Clearly your original post was in the area of commentary and critique of the art project.
    You reproduced only some of the full installation, not all of it.

    Somebodies got their undies in a twist and don’t understand fair use.

    Sadly, not one of the women had either been allowed by the law or her own thoughts to avail herself of the one of the best options to defend herself and her “virtue”.




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  2. I noticed that, in your response to Allie, you assumed that she could read the instructions on how to breathe. You may have been overly optimistic.




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  3. Imaging how much good she could do showing women that are educated about the reality of various weapons and show the best practice choices..
    Maybe a female gun-blogger could help along..




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  4. “And I will freely admit that even with the tools and the training I support, a woman may not be able to win against an attacker. There is that chance. But your “strategy” guarantees a 100% failure rate and more unnecessary victims of rape”

    Accurate wrap-up!




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