this gal. She may or may not have a rep for settling things with her fists, she may or may not have a record. You hear that she and some friends, all gals too, of varying similarity to her- from very to not at all- decided to go out for a gals nite; have a beer, listen to some music, maybe play some pool- low key things of that nature. Whilst out said gal is hit on by someone. This someone is not polite about it and will not take no for an answer, even puts their hands, uninvited, on this gal. So she decks ’em. Hard. Like possibly police involvement hard.
Did the person deserve it? The getting decked? Yes or no?
Okay, now, say the person who got decked by said gal also happens to be a woman? Of the lesbian variety. Does this change things?
And then tries to have not only assault but gay bashing/hate crime charges brought up on said gal. What then?
Said gal counters with sexual battery charges, everyone walks away clear….
Now, lets change it up a bit. The folk out for the evening are dudes. Of any color or class or mode of dress or what have you. And one of these straight boys is in the same situation and reacts the same way. Does that change shit?
I don’t think it does at all in my opinion. My opinion is as follows: Unwanted sexual advances, be they made by straight folk or gay folk are JUST that, and just as I would oh, stand up for or cheer on a gal who decked a dude who pulled that shit….I’d prolly be on the side of ANY person, regardless of sex or sexual preference, who stood up to, even decked, someone who was making unwanted sexual advances on them- and I sure as shit don’t believe them doing so is a hate crime. A pack of sneo-nazi skinheads beating up a gay person or a person of color just because they are gay or not white? Hate crime. A pack of gangbangers beating up a gay person or a person of a different color just because of that? Also a hate crime. Hell, ANYONE beating on anyone “just because they are – insert color, gender, sexual preference, so on- hate crime….
Someone decking someone else, gay or straight, because they are making unwanted sexual advances? Not a hate crime. Period. And any scum ass douchebag who tries to pull the hate crime shit on that sorta thing? Totally deserves gettin’ decked a few more times.