Leftist commentary from a mouthy bitch
By now you’ve all heard about Melissa Stetten, the model who was on an airplane when soap opera actor Brian Presley clumsily hit on her. She tweeted everything he said, having no idea who he was, thinking he was just some drunk, married, douche hitting on a hot girl who was a captive audience by virtue of being on an airplane with him. Some of her followers figured out who he was, and tweeted back his IMDB page and an article in Christian magazine about how he’s sober and faithful to his wife. Presley is now claiming it never happened, although why a young model would go out of her way to “ruin” a soap opera “star’s” life on Twitter is anyone’s guess.
Jezebel posted an article about this very matter, and while the article itself is brilliant, including the best quote on the subject I’ve ever heard: “Why should a stranger on a plane have greater respect for his reputation and his marriage vows than he himself is willing to display? Can we please stop assuming that men have a right to outsource both their self-control and their discretion to every random woman who has the outrageous audacity to be attractive in public?” The comments were pretty full of fail, with people claiming that Stetten must by lying, to people saying that even if she isn’t, she should have just kept quiet about it.
As the person who wrote the article asked, why the hell are we expected to keep quiet about the bad behavior of others, particularly when it involves ignoring our own boundaries? This goes for asshats clumsily flirting with disinterested girls, as well as rapists. Whenever women talk about the bad behavior of men, particularly if that man is famous, the default setting of society is that we’re lying. And that goes for children, as well as grown women.
And frequently even when we get people to believe us, they’ll tell us to be quiet about it. “You don’t want to ruin that nice young man’s life over this (whatever “this” may be, from flirting to out and out rape).” Well, then maybe he should have thought of that before he engaged in X behavior.
Not to mention Stetten didn’t accuse Presley of anything other than being a slightly drunk creeper, who removed his wedding band in the bathroom as though she hadn’t already seen it. I mean really, the guy’s an actor. I think it’s gonna take a teeny bit more than that to ruin his career. For fuck’s sake, they still let Mel Gibson out in public and look what that jackass has done.
Now, this is not a screed against actors, it’s a screed against this supposed vulnerability of the male reputation, that we womenfolk just need to hush ourselves up lest our “accusations” RUIN SOMEONE’S ENTIRE LIFE, DESTROY CHRISTMAS AND TAKE AWAY THEIR BIRTHDAY!
Look, Presley learned a lesson: don’t assume you can skeeve all over anyone and not have it get back to your wife, while pretending to be an upstanding, sober, Christian husband. I haven’t heard word one about the soap dumping him, although he has deleted his IMDB page. I’m betting he comes through this just fine, he’s Christian, they love that redemptive sinner shit* (as proven by the magazine article talking about his sobriety). He’ll get down on his knees, accuse Stetten of being an agent of Satan sent to tempt him from the true path, cry, beg his wife, his church and Jesus to forgive him, and go on as he always have, hopefully a little wiser for the experience (although I am not holding my breath).
But can we please quit accusing Stetten of being a liar and a schemer? Fuck, this happens any time a woman calls a man out on bad sexual behavior, and we need to knock this shit off if we ever hope to move to a culture where all sex is consensual and enthusiastic. And women don’t feel constantly under siege. And Dudes, seriously, call out your friends when they accuse women of being lying sluts, instead of maybe considering that someone they thought was a nice guy, maybe isn’t such a nice guy if you have a vagina and a couple of drinks in you. It’s way more common than you realize.
And can we PLEASE quit pretending the sex is something that women control on behalf of both themselves and men. That’s bullshit. Men are people and as such have all of the same capacities and capabilities for keeping it in their pants that women do. First person to says he “just couldn’t help himself” because she was hot, gets mailed a pound of shrimp in a plain brown envelope, no refrigeration.
*The way I feel about the fundamentalists and their “Save the Sinner” dog and pony show would take many more blog posts. Let’s just say, I find their rehabilitations suspect and leave it at that for now. I know that there are many good Christian people out there, I count several as friends, so this is not the post for a big “Nuh uh!”, ok, guys?
Yes. I have nothing really to add to this. Just yes.
Adding another yes.
it always amazes me that all of the people who support the position that men are not responsible for this sort of behavior can not see how infantilizing it is to men. This is particularly disturbing when the men in question are in positions of power; if we can’t trust a man with what he does sitting next to a woman, how can we trust that man with anything as important as the economy or foreign policies? And if we can’t trust them with *their own* bodies, why is anyone trusting them with anything related to the care of anyone else’s bodies?
Exactly. Feminists who expect men to act like rational human beings are not the ones who hate men. The ones who hate men are the people acting as though every man out there is a flash of ankle away from a monstrous rape.
According to the tennents of my faith, I am responsible for my actions. This means I do not get to so “God made me do it”, “The Devil made me do it”, or “the woman I wanted to hitm on made me do it.”
One of my biggest gripes with society in general these days is no one is willing to own up to their actions.
When you get caught doing something embarassing it sucks, but I bet the fallout would be less if you own your actions. Better yet, ask yourself “Am I willing to own up to doing this, if not is it really worth doing?”
When I read about the tweeting, my first thought was that it was *hilarious* – not the backlash, but her tweeting it. With things so much more public and on display and instantly communicated now, what bonehead wouldn’t take this into account when doing or saying something? Especially if they’re famous enough. I don’t remember where I learned this, but my philosophy for a very long time has been: Don’t say (or do) something behind someone’s back you wouldn’t be willing to repeat to their face if you were confronted with it.
The other side of this is how backwards it seems to me that when women fall to these smooth-talking jerks, they think, “Oh, I’m so dumb, just another notch on his belt,” not, “WHAT A JERK.”