In 2013 let's hope America put its outrage in proper perspective. In 2012 we were witness to Americans being outraged over a variety of issues. Birthers were outraged over President Barack Obama's birth certificate, or as they considered it, the lack thereof. Some Americans were outraged that the POTUS did not show them his college transcript.
Recently, some Americans were "outraged" over what they deemed was the POTUS' "abuse of power" in using an executive order to give members of congress a raise for 2013, never mind the fact that it was likely a ploy to give his GOP opposition on the other side of the aisle a bargaining chip with which they could use to criticize him and take away from him as they fenced over the fiscal cliff. However, some of those same Americans were eerily quiet and not vigorously outraged over horrendous acts of violence against women in 2012 both here in the USA and abroad.
Americans are appalled and rightfully feel outrage over the gang rape and deaths of two women in India and the "culture of rape" that exist in India. However There was hardly any national Outrage over the rape and prolonged sexual abuse of a drunk, defenseless, and unresponsive young white girl by members of the football team who dragged her from party to party in Stubenville, Ohio, USA.
Indeed, in this USA town of some 18,000, there were citizens who exhibited outrage that the rape became the issue it did. As a matter of course some blamed the young girl for drinking to the points that she became drunk, defenseless, and unresponsive to a prolonged sexual abuse by the young men who were willing to take advantage of her.
As horrofic and disgusting as rape is, violence against women in Eve's Garden is not restricted to rape and sexual assault. America was not outraged by the states seeking to mandate invasive Transvaginal Ultrasound probes for women in need of an abortions. Nor was America outraged over the members of congress who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Not enough Americans were willing to ask the question: "What male born of woman would, for any reason, vote against a bill aimed at better protecting women from violence against their person?"
The Senate actually passed the Violence Against Women Act, but 31 Republican Senators voted against it. Only two Republican Senators voted for the act. But as of January 2, 2013, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate's 2012 reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act and let it die without a vote.
It is past time for men of good conscience and men who love women to exhibit outrage over any form of assault and violence against women. Whether its rape as military tactic in the time of war, gang rape, date rape, statutory rape, or domestic violence, or state mandated vaginal probes--violence and assaults against women is a real outrage and must not be tolerated, rationalized, or explained away.