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Malvina Reynolds - The Judge Said

The judge said “Screw ‘em!
Boys, you’re only human.
They brought it on themselves
By being born a woman.
Like a mountain’s there to climb
And food’s there to be eaten,
Woman’s there to rape,
To be shoved around and beaten.”

The judge took his position, 
The judge he wouldn’t budge,
So we’ve got out this petition,
And we’re going to screw the judge.

Now if you beat a horse or dog
Or violate a bank,
Simonson will haul you in
And throw you in the clink.
But violate a woman,
Your equal and your peer,
The judge will slap you on the wrist
And lay the blame on her.

The judge took his position, 
The judge he wouldn’t budge,
So we’ve got out this petition,
And we’re going to screw the judge.

To draw a true conclusion
From what Simonson has said,
Woman has to live in fear
And cover up her head.
She has to dress in purdah
And lock herself in cages,
And this kinky judge in Madison
Is from the Middle Ages.

The judge took his position,
The judge he wouldn’t budge,
So we’ve got out this petition,
And we’re going to dump the judge.

In 1977, Judge Archie Simonson said during a juvenile sexual assault case in Madison, Wisconsin that “given the way women dress, rape is a natural reaction”. He argued that the three juveniles being prosecuted in the case should not have to be punished for ‘reacting normally’. This led to the development of a group called Committee to Recall Judge Archie Simonson, who were borne out of an already healthy community of feminists working against sexual assault. Recent changes to the legal status of sexual assault, and a high number of recent cases of rape in the area meant that this issue was likely quite present already in the minds of both media and public when Simonson made his infamous remarks. 

We might see some parallel between these events and the recent rise of the Slutwalk, inspired by the remarks of one Canadian policeman, Constable Michael Sanguinetti, who recommended women “avoid dressing like sluts” if they don’t want to be sexually assaulted or raped.

It’s something I’d like to look into more, but hopefully you will enjoy the awesome Malvina Reynolds and her take on the Simonson recall in the mean-time.

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