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Memo to John Kasich: MAYBE TRY THE UNICYCLE.

Writing You Are Dumb Dot Net is occasionally about choices. For example, I could go ahead with Men's Rights Monday, and discuss a group with a frankly disturbingly cavalier attitude toward sexual assault, or I could talk about the John Kasich presidential campaign. Lucky for me, the latter also has a disturbingly cavalier attitude toward sexual assault, so I don't really need to choose at all.

Now, John Kasich would argue, and has been arguing since he demonstrated his disturbingly cavalier attitude toward sexual assault, that he doesn't have a disturbingly cavalier attitude toward sexual assault. But it's not what you say you meant to say after people yell at you that counts, it's what you say when you think you're saying the right thing before people yell at you for it. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"This ought to be done in the country. That our coeds know exactly what the rules are, what the opportunities are, what the confidential policies are, so that you are not vulnerable, at risk, and can be preyed upon. I have two 16-year-old daughters, and I don’t even like to think about it. It’s sad, but it’s something that I have to worry about. Well, I would give you—I’d also give you one bit of advice," Kasich added. "Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol."

This is an all-too-common attitude among Republicans, the idea that women, due to their very nature, are prey, and men, due to their very nature, are predators. This is biological determinist bullshit. In no other aspect of life do we simply accept as a given the predatory nature of a group of people. Even when racists SAY a group has an inherently predatory nature, it's not to excuse their predation, it's to justify treating those people even worse.

And, of course, "my two teenage daughters" is a red flag for anyone with that kind of mindset. That just heightens the whole "treat women as precious and in need of protection" attitude instead of a "treat women like equal human beings" attitude that you'd think wouldn't be that difficult in 2016.

That predator-prey attitude is what leads to the whole victim-blaming "don't put yourself in a position of potential weakness, ever, because that's the only way you can be safe in this world" attitude that his whole "don't go to drinkin' parties, ladies" advice represents.

This is a pattern. It is one with Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" distinction, the "women who dress sexy are asking for it" attitude, and the "date rape isn't real rape" attitude. It's all bullshit. And, having been called out on that particular brand of bullshit, and realizing his moderate skin-mask had slipped revealing the lizard brain beneath, Kasich first went on Twitter and then a Sunday talk show to backpedal like a motherfucker.

"My only comment on it, you know, it gets to be when alcohol's involved, it becomes more difficult for justice to be rendered for a whole variety of reasons. But we can still find a perpetrator."

That's not your only comment. That's your revised nonsense comment trying to provide an inoffensive context for your original offensive, clueless comment. Nice try with the "tough on crime, even on crimes against our womenfolk" angle, but your faux-moderate stance isn't getting you anywhere anyway, so letting it slip for a weekend should get you just about as far.