Mary Beard has tweeted about the accusations made against Oxfam and attempted to do her part to minimise the impact by, whilst not condoning the behaviour, explaining how visiting areas where horrific natural disasters have occurred may impede your own civilised character. I know this to be bullshit because Comic Relief would not keep taking the risks of sending Lenny Henry into places of poverty if they thought he was liable to become a rapist.
However I am willing to believe that what Mary Beard was trying to do is defend the species that she is part of. It is hard to hear that there are so many fights commencing from Hollywood to the Houses of Parliament and everywhere in between we are seeing a world where men have been mistreating so many people. I am made of a race and I hope with everything I have that the race I am part of is not full of a bunch of selfish wankers that deem it acceptable to see something they want and take it in ways that many other animals wouldn’t even dare to.
I am not saying that what is going on is not horrendous and I know it in my soul and I know first hand what these actions can do to a women however it is also part of my human condition to try and see good in people and especially those who do not deserve it and my attempts to do so are purely to retain some faith in humanity. Blaming a situation doesn’t make sense but admitting to being part of a species that uses rape as a military tactic, gun down those in schools and churches, spreads anger, causes hate, conducts genocide and all the other terrible shit we do is much harder than saying the wreckage of a tsunami caused that man to think prostitution was right.
Basically I am trying to say that the behaviour of those who sexually abuse anyone, man or women are part of me because we share the same race and even if I feel so far removed from them because of the utter hate I have I am still so very connected. It is with these feelings that I do not want to harbour, all the hate and fear I try aimlessly to find reasons for these acts that do not just confirm that some of those I share a species with are not just inherently bad.