Because John Key has been using rape as a political tool.
It’s become very clear over the last few days that although the public have been told little about the detainees at Christmas Island, it would seem there are no New Zealanders convicted of rape or murder at the centre. Yet Key says he won’t back down from his rapist comment out of “respect for the victims”, despite the fact he is literally talking about a crime he fabricated and despite the fact detainees have served time already; John Key has made a fake rape claim in order to avoid taking action. Then he used that fake claim to distract from the work he should be doing and to belittle the members of the opposition – members who specifically work to counter rape. Now given how prevalent rape is and the nature of their objection to it, it would stand to reason that at least some of these MPs have likely experienced sexual violence. It turns out – quite sadly – that a great deal of them have. So it’s pretty unbearably insensitive and wrong to claim that anti-rape activists are supporting rapists in this context. The audacity of that claim as made by someone who stands in the way of their work demands a powerful response. And it had one.
Sexual violence is something we don’t talk about. It’s swept under the rug because discussing it is uncomfortable. Disclosure points at perpetrators who are usually known and sometimes respected, and has often been something that damages the reputation of the survivor. It feels shameful to discuss it. So for the opposition MPs to stand up together and disclose their experiences is something that carries a huge weight to it and was one of the most powerful moments I have seen in parliament. I feel personally grateful to them as someone who has almost never disclosed anything about the times I was assaulted. It was a powerful act of solidarity that I won’t forget.
John Key is a smug, entitled person who “makes” money by being a corporate sociopath. He has stripped money from the public by shearing down essential services to be veritable skeleton crews. Drastically reducing public services messes with public health and safety. He’s not bothered to initiate any of the radical reforms suggested by survivor and advocacy groups regarding sexual violence. John Key has continued to knowingly enable sexual violence through his inaction. Roastbuster-like situations continue to flare up in youth culture where males are uninformed and enabled by a lack of strong response by agencies. So I have to ask, ‘What about John Key’s victims?’.
If Key is the kind of male leader our society elevates then the consequences on people living in our society will be brutal. And so it is. The capitalist dudebros running this country are dedicated to a machismo culture of back-patting that implies their form of masculinity is valuable and worthy of praise! Well it’s not. I’m sick of the misogyny and I’m sick of John Key. John Key lied about rape, used rape as a political tool, refused to back down and then claimed ‘he’ was the victim of abuse. That is narcissistic behaviour that the opposition MPs ought never have been exposed to. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person feeling this way. I want better. Better accountability, higher personal ethics and kinder values; people with good personal integrity.
I’m sick of the perception that John Key is valuable. In the words of Hadassah Grace who annotated the ways in which Key enables and supports rapists, “VOTE THIS MOTHERFUCKER OUT.”