Sexual assault is a topic hotter than the room prepared for Hillary in the depths of hell. While a plethora of horrendous accusations have been drawn, a few alleged assaults are wrought with doubt (see #MeToo Fail: Even the NYT is Defending Aziz Ansari) and flat-out lies (see Woman Makes Up Fake Rape Story. Because She Was ‘Traumatized’ By Election…).
Amy Schumer felt compelled to join in on the action, alleging she too was raped. The same Schumer who talks constantly about her farm animal vajayjay. Starts around the 38:00 mark.
“I’ve been flat-out raped.”
“I didn’t think about it until I started reading my journal again,” she told Marie Claire. Speaking to Couric, she elaborated, “When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, ‘And then I looked down and realized he was inside me.’ He was saying, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and ‘I can’t believe I did this.’”
Sexual assault and harassment are not cool legumes. Such experiences are egregious in their traumatizing nature. Thus, survivors of sexual assault tend to recall the instance of being violated. Unless they hit their heads in a mosh pit at a U2 concert. Beneficial amnesia, some might say.
The idea of repressed memories is heavily disputed within psychology. As it stands, there’s no empirical evidence for it. You can read more about that topic here. Feel free to disagree, as we aren’t psychologists ourselves, but the likelihood of an adult completely forgetting an instance of trauma is highly unlikely. Unless some brain damage occurred somewhere along the way. Which could very well be true in Amy’s case.
We aren’t saying Schumer wasn’t raped — if she was, she should ignore her own advice and actually report it to the police. But we are casting a shadow of doubt larger than her waist circumference.
It’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman… And some people, we’ve all done this, we just flirt back with them [men] so it’s not uncomfortable… And we kinda can’t do that [flirt] anymore. I think a lot of women feel really bad that they’ve been complicit wtih things, but we didn’t know not to be!
If women don’t know that giving consent to unfavorable dirty deeds in the bedroom is wrong, imagine where men are in their confusion. Schumer points this out, saying women “kinda can’t do that [flirt] anymore.” Meaning women can’t say, “Yeah, let’s frolic” and then take it back two weeks after the fact. Not rape.
Throwing around the term “rape” is dangerous. It minimizes the weight of the word, which harms true victims. Men can’t be labeled rapists if a woman gave consent to a one-night-stand, or some depraved fetish. Day-after regret doesn’t constitute rape. Just like constant talk of genitals doesn’t constitute a comedy act. Yet here we are.
Being familiar with Schumer’s work is essential to understanding the interview above. Be prepared for ear bleeding: