Insightful Footballer Recommends "Shaming" Women

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Peter "Spida" Everitt said he never meant to promote rape with his tweets yesterday, but now he's saying women whose rape allegations go unproven should be "named and shamed."


Everitt, whose tweets implied that a woman who accused other footballers of rape never should have gone home with them in the first place, went on Melbourne radio show Nova 100 to, um, clarify his views. According to 9News, he told hosts Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek, "If there are people ... going home with somebody after they've known them for 20 minutes, you've got to take responsibility at some stage." Then he went even further:

If you do find yourself in that situation and make allegations — like plenty have in the previous so-many years — there's got to be ramifications for that. They've got to be named and shamed, just like our football players are.

To their credit, Hughes and Langbroek seemed pretty appalled by Everitt's suggestion that women should be publicly shamed if their rape accusations don't result in a conviction. Hughes asked, "So before a woman goes to police, she should make sure there's enough evidence to convict the guy? She should do her own thorough investigation before she goes to police?" Everitt responded vaguely, but reiterated that if a woman goes home with a man and is raped, she needs to ask herself "what was the situation I put myself in?" The full audio interview is worth listening to, if only to hear Hughes and Langbroek rebut Everitt's increasingly objectionable points.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Australian media is as reasonable as they are. In an interview with Everitt, TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley said footballers "put themselves in harm's way by picking up strays." Her network later released a "clarification" stating, "The responsibility lies with the girls as well as with the guys when you're talking about alcohol-fuelled situations at three o'clock in the morning." But as Langbroek points out, "a lot of people have met people in life because they've had some drinks together and they've gone home together." Do we really want to live in a world where all women who "put themselves in this situation" must give a blanket consent to sex?

Kerri-Anne Causes Stir With 'Strays' Comment [9News]
Hughesy And Kate Clash With Peter Spida Everitt Over 'Not Going Home For Milo' Tweet [NovaFM]

Earlier: Ex-Footballer Blames The Victim-Via Twitter-In Alleged Assault



Hurray, enough of us Aussie Jezzas must have tipped about this.

Both of our football leagues (AFL and rugby) have had ongoing MASSIVE issues to do with the hyper-macho sports culture and the damage it does to women, not just the vulnerable young female fans who invariably become the physical victims, but women in general. In AFL's defence, the league as an overall administration is getting better at coming down hard on players who, you know, hit or sexually assault women, but individual clubs can vary in their methods of discipline and punishment.

Thing is, in Australia if you are a well built young man who looks good in a guernsey and can kick a ball like whoa, you tend to be treated like a god and conditioned to believe you're answerable to no one.

Which is very. fucking. dangerous.

This is only the most recent of several high profile cases in Australia involving professional football players being charged with sexual or plain physical assault on women and various other people in the celebrity spotlight (as well as the community) making "Boys will be boys and sluts shouldn't act like sluts" excuses for them.

Oh, and our actors totally do it to. I see your Chris Brown and raise you a Matthew "You Only Bashed a Girlfriend Once and A Criminal Record Would Damage Your Acting Career and You Totally Won't Do It Again Oh Wait Crap You've Done It Again" Newton.