You know, there are ways of disagreeing with someone without publicly ridiculing a painful experience. I have my (ratherf*ckinghuge) differences with Debs, but the treatment she has gotten at the hands of Dr. Crippen is beyond inappropriate.
I once had something bad happen, with a female doctor. I wouldn’t call it a rape, but it was certainly a violation, and I remember stumbling out of her office completely bewildered, with tears in my eyes. I was in Ukraine at the time, and went to a (highly recommended) clinic at a public hospital. I was lucky that I could afford to then visit a private clinic and I shudder to think about all the women who could not.
So from where I stand, Dr. Crippen & friends sure picked themselves a convenient target with this one. Taking a post about such a violation, distorting it, turning it into a punchline, the clearly vulnerable author into a caricature – gosh it just gives one a little thrill, a cool little frisson of superiority!
Now, I don’t agree with Debs on most things. In fact, if tomorrow Debs told me that the sky was blue, I’d probably use that as a chance to get into a huge, pointless argument with lots of bad puns along the way.
But I know (realf*ckingserious) pain when I see it. For shame.