Tell Scott Adams that raping a woman is not a natural instinct.
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]
While I am a firm believer in everyone's right to voice their opinions, I am very disturbed by your recent blog post about the raping of women as being a natural occurrence. This piece sends an awful message to all men and boys about their role in the raping of a girl or woman. You have also highly offended victims of rape by stating that what happened to them was a societal issue and their perpetrators were not at fault.
I am writing this letter to request that you publicly apologize for the message in the blog. This apology should be directed to boys, men, rape victims and all women. I am requesting that you disseminate this apology via press release to all major news publications that carry your comic. This should be done by August 17th. Should you find my requests disagreeable I will have no choice but take my protest to those who financially support your comic.
I believe you will understand that what you said was perhaps inappropriate and I hope you will take this opportunity to correct the situation.
Thank you for your prompt response to this issue.