Mulayam Singh Yadav, Asshole of the Day for April 10, 2014
We feature many Americans on this site. Of course we do. We’re in America and they’re our assholes. We’ve featured some international assholes, but set the bar higher to be sure that what they’re saying is as offensive as it sounds to Americans if there’s a cultural difference.
But some of them are easy. It’s 2014 and no matter where you are on this planet, it’s not acceptable to excuse or diminish the crime of rape. And yet here’s former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav saying boys will be boys:
Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam asked, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging?
"Ladke, ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai (Boys are boys. Mistakes happen sometimes)," he told an election rally in Moradabad.
The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.
"Efforts will be made to change the law, so that those misusing it are punished.
"Boys will be boys. Mistakes sometimes happen."
How can rape be classified as a mistake?
And the particular rapes that he is referring to were men who participated in gang rapes on more than one occasion. You don’t rape on different occasions and get to say “Oops! Those were mistakes.”
So, for minimizing the seriousness of rape and excusing it with the tired old “boys will be boys” bullshit, Mulayam Singh Yadav is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but far from the first man to be featured on this site for saying awful things about rape.
Full story: The Economic Times
You are probably looking at a rapist here.
If I have sons, I will never allow that “boys will be boys” bullshit to rationalize any of their shitty behavior.
When are we going to start teaching boys that women don’t owe them sex ? That they aren’t entitled to women ? When will society teach men that rape is perpetrated by them and therefore it’s their responsibility to control themselves ? “Boys will boys” is always tripping out peoples’ mouths until it’s their daughter, wife, sister, girlfriend or etc. being brutalized. If only the penalties for rape were that harsh here in the U.S. But seriously we have to teach men that women are people too that deserve the right to go about their daily lives without being attacked.
Oh fuck this bullshit. There’s no excuse for raping anyone. At all. Ever.