In a field, an army of men clad in armor and ready for battle. Their leader, large and bearded, is standing in front of them.
Bearded Leader (deep voice of authority): They think they can come into our lands. They think they can take what’s ours. We shall not let them. They may take our lives! They may rape our women! But we fight for—
Voice in the crowd: Whoa! Wait, what?
A woman steps out of the crowd. She too is dressed for battle.
Hgthr: Excuse me. Hi, yes. I’m Hgthr of the Western Tribes. What’s this you say about raping women? Could you just clarify that bit?
Bearded Leader: Hgthr of the West! Why do you speak?!
Hgthr: With all do respect, your speech was fantastic. I was with you the whole way. That part about growing up in the East with the rolling hills. So great! But you lost me at the rape our women part. If you could just explain that, perhaps I misunderstood.
BL: I was simply stating that there will be casualties of war, but that we should fight valiantly nonetheless.
Hgthr: Got that. But why put rape on the table? And why specifically rape our women? I mean I don’t condone rape as an institution, but if you were to introduce it as an across the board kinda thing, like (imitates Bearded Leader’s voice), “These assholes might rape us. All of us. With no differentiation of gender.” I’d be all in. But I feel like you introduced it a bit arbitrarily. I know the point is to get us all riled up for battle, but the fallout is that you introduced rape as an option, when frankly no one was thinking about it. And I just want to make sure that we’re all on the same page. Or maybe the message is that they will not rape anyone? I think we all can’t get behind an anti-rape policy. I’m not saying you’re pro-rape. It’s just, why even invite it to the party?
BL: I think it’s fair to say that we must protect the weaker sex and not ignore the fact that they may use our women to weaken our will.
Hgthr: Speaking as a woman warrior with all intention to fight amongst you all. I’m going to have to disagree. You see, you called women the weaker sex, but then you’re afraid that the victimization of women would weaken the men’s morale. Wouldn’t that make them the weaker sex? And by that fact it’s their weakness that puts women in danger?
Cut to the field smoldering, bodies of men bloodied and lifeless, the tribes of East and West have been lain to waste…. and not a single woman… nor man was raped.