As discussed on Friday’s show, a column is making the rounds written by Jody Allard, a self-described feminist who disowns her two sons as apologists for rape culture on the mere basis that they are, well, men.
In an op-ed titled, “I’m Done Pretending Men Are Safe (Even My Sons),” Allard says one of her sons surrounds himself with the “righteous indignation” of conservative websites and YouTube channels, and says she questions whether her son deserves emotional support “no matter what violence he spews,” adding she does not feel “emotionally safe” with either of her sons:
I know I’m not supposed to cast an entire sex with a single paint brush — not all men, I’m sure some readers are thinking and preparing to type or tweet. But if it’s impossible for a white person to grow up without adopting racist ideas, simply because of the environment in which they live, how can I expect men not to subconsciously absorb at least some degree of sexism? White people aren’t safe, and men aren’t safe, no matter how much I’d like to assure myself that these things aren’t true.
…This is not a reflection of something broken or damaged in me; it is a reflection of the systems we build and our boys absorb. Those little boys grow into men who know the value of women, the value that’s been ascribed to us by a broken system, and it seeps out from them in a million tiny, toxic ways.
We can’t bring ourselves to blockquote more than that.
Reaction to the piece by conservative and moderate commentators has been unanimous. National Review writer David French called it “one of the worst things I’ve ever read”:
This is one of the worst things I’ve ever read. Hard to believe it’s real. https://t.co/acJH5FRSBV
— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 14, 2017
…while Ben Shapiro went so far as to extend an invite to Allard’s son for an internship on his show:
“If the son of Jody Allard is watching this right now, please write me an email,” Shapiro said. “I would be happy to have you intern with us here over at The Daily Wire. I think you deserve better than what your mother has provided to you: a label as a potential rapist. I don’t think you’re a rapist. I don’t think you’re a potential rapist. You seem like a nice person. Your mother, however, seems like she is a harridan.”
Anything to help the poor kid out!