Tell Scott Adams that raping a woman is not a natural instinct.
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Tell Scott Adams that raping a woman is not a natural instinct.

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The creator of the popular comic "Dilbert", Scott Adams, has written a blog insinuating that the act of a man raping a woman is a natural instinct and that society is to blame for these things, not the man who committed the rape. Below you can find his blog in it's entirety.  This blog can be found at Scott Adams's website at  http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/pegs_and_holes/has :  I also would also implore you to peruse the rest of his website and make the decision on your own of just what Mr. Adams is implying in the piece below.

"If you have a round peg that doesn’t fit in a square hole, do you blame the peg or the hole? You probably blame neither. We don’t assign blame to inanimate objects. But you might have some questions about the person who provided you with these mismatched items and set you up to fail.

If a lion and a zebra show up at the same watering hole, and the lion kills the zebra, whose fault is that? Maybe you say the lion is at fault for doing the killing. Maybe you say the zebra should have chosen a safer watering hole. But in the end, you probably conclude that both animals acted according to their natures, so no one is to blame. However, if this is your local zoo, you might have some questions about who put the lions with the zebras in the same habitat.

Now consider human males. No doubt you have noticed an alarming trend in the news. Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world. The current view of such things is that the men are to blame for their own bad behavior. That seems right. Obviously we shouldn’t blame the victims. I think we all agree on that point. Blame and shame are society’s tools for keeping things under control.

The part that interests me is that society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal while the natural instincts of women are mostly legal and acceptable. In other words, men are born as round pegs in a society full of square holes. Whose fault is that? Do you blame the baby who didn’t ask to be born male? Or do you blame the society that brought him into the world, all round-pegged and turgid, and said, “Here’s your square hole”?

The way society is organized at the moment, we have no choice but to blame men for bad behavior. If we allowed men to act like unrestrained horny animals, all hell would break loose. All I’m saying is that society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness. No one planned it that way. Things just drifted in that direction.

Consider Hugh Hefner. He had every benefit of being a single man, and yet he decided he needed to try marriage. Marriage didn’t work out, so he tried the single life again. That didn’t work out, so he planned to get married again, although reportedly the wedding just got called off. For Hef, being single didn’t work, and getting married didn’t work, at least not in the long run. Society didn’t offer him a round hole for his round peg. All it offered were unlimited square holes.

To be fair, if a man meets and marries the right woman, and she fulfills his needs, he might have no desire to tweet his meat to strangers. Everyone is different.  But in general, society is organized as a virtual prison for men’s natural desires. I don’t have a solution in mind. It’s a zero sum game. If men get everything they want, women lose, and vice versa. And there’s no real middle ground because that would look like tweeting a picture of your junk with your underpants still on. Some things just don’t have a compromise solution.

Long term, I think science will come up with a drug that keeps men chemically castrated for as long as they are on it. It sounds bad, but I suspect that if a man loses his urge for sex, he also doesn’t miss it. Men and women would also need a second drug that increases oxytocin levels in couples who want to bond.  Copulation will become extinct. Men who want to reproduce will stop taking the castration drug for a week, fill a few jars with sperm for artificial insemination, and go back on the castration pill.

That might sound to you like a horrible world. But the oxytocin would make us a society of huggers, and no one would be treated as a sex object. You’d have no rape, fewer divorces, stronger friendships, and a lot of other advantages. I think that’s where we’re headed in a few generations."

This is a man who has tremendous influence in pop culture and the very fact that he would post something so outrageously degrading about women in truly frightening. How many men, or worse yet, boys will read this and agree, absorbing the belief that it is in their nature to rape and therefore it should be acceptable. We need to show Scott Adams just how wrong he is and demand a public apology not only the women he has insulted and put into danger with his words, but also to the men and boys he may have convinced that the ultimate abuse of a woman is perfectly normal and acceptable. [Updated]

 

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    3. Salon Writer Takes Up the Gauntlet

      Salon follows in Jezebel's footsteps with its own interview of Scott Adams. Mary Elizabeth Williams lays out 3 major points of disagreement with Adams: 1. "I don't regard my sex as differently abled subset of society." 2. It's false that by refusing to let men rape "society forces males to exist 'in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness.'" (Unless you're a really creepy person who thinks all men are miserable for not being able to rape ... ahem.) 3. It's not "a zero sum game. If men get everything they want, women lose, and vice versa."

    4. Jezebel vs. Scott Adams

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    5. Associated Content Comments on Adams' Decision to Berate Commenters

      Adams has been visiting this petition to berate petition signers -- but Associated Content points out that on his own site, he's deleted any attempt by petition creator and sex trafficking survivor Nikki Junker to comment on his post.

    6. Blog Post: Sex Trafficking Survivors Group Petitions Dilbert Creator

      Over 1000 Change.org members have signed this petition, launched this weekend by a sex trafficking survivor, telling Dilbert creator Scott Adams to publicly apologize for a recent blog post claiming that rape is natural instinct. Adams is no stranger to controversy -- just months ago, he published a blog post comparing women to children and the mentally disabled. Nikki Junker, the petition creator, says, "All we're asking for is an apology."

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    • Franki Harrogate EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I have stopped reading your "Dilbert" strip and I have also asked my local paper to stop running it. I will not assist in supporting a person who believes that half of the human population deserves to be sexually assaulted and further, that women should "satisfy their men" in order for those same men to not become rapists or commit sexual assault. That's a complete load of crap, akin to saying "Well, if we just let serial murderers loose on the neighbourhood pets, they'd leave people completely alone." The fault of rape - of ANY assault - lies with the person who decides to commit such an act, never with the victim. I despise your attempt to justify such acts with a "boys will be boys" trope and I wonder just how many people have read your words and decided, once again, that they can't report what happened to them because they feel that not only will they not be believed, but that they somehow caused their assault.

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    • Christine Bilyeu ELMA, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      I wonder if Mr Addams will feel the same if he ever winds up in prison with a roommate who finds him attractive.

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    • Cody Bennett FORT WAYNE, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      Scott, you disgust me. I don't care how you try to defend what you said, but the people know the truth. You can't change the truth, and you deserve to be fired and have your paycheck given to any woman raped after you posted that piece of garbage. You are PATHETIC.

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    • T. Torelle NACHORN RACHASIMA, THAILAND
      • about 3 years ago

      Dear Scott,

      You seem incredulous that some people might believe rape is ok. You ask in one of your comments "who would possibly think rape is okay?"

      In a world where 1 out of 4 women have been raped, the unfortunate answer is: many many people.

      Meanwhile, it is sad that men have to control their natural urges in order to be accepted by society -- but amazingly -- so do women.

      If you think that men, as a group, have more to control than women, perhaps you misunderstand women. Many women are just as sexual, as angry, and as emotional as men. We control our impulses to yell at strangers who cut us off in traffic, to hit our misbehaving children, to punch condescending cartoonists in the face. It is amazing the amount of self control it takes to be a human being these days.

      But if you see this problem as a gendered problem -- instead of a human problem -- then you exclude women from a very important part of the human condition. You imply that men control their impulses all the time and women -- those lucky girls -- don't have to. This is simply not true.

      I understand that you were trying to tackle an important problem, but by framing it as an exclusively male problem, you have alienated half (the female half) of your readership.

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    • vicky tabcharany BTEGHRINE, LEBANON
      • about 3 years ago

      You're just toying with words, aren't you, Scott? Since you think you're so smart, why don't you pick a topic that actually makes sense and stop wasting humanity's time with your explanations?

      You probably are thrilled about all the attention you are getting, and sadly, you don't care about being right or not, you're just being a spoiled little brat happy to shock and defending a point of view that won't make the world a better place in any way...

      This is really sad!

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