This fine morning a friend asked me about a link on Facebook about Mansplaining. It lead to an interesting conversation about whether men or women (sexist language abounds. I'm going to do an aside to say that there is a really odd mixture of statistics on whether rape is a female problem or a problem that is closer to equal than anyone can handle admitting. I am defaulting to standard sexist language because that is my experience base. I do not mean to say that my experiences are universal--they are not. Carry on.) bear responsibility for rape.
I'm going to call myself out for being an asshole, because I was, but I was a persuasive asshole. I said, more or less, "Oh reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally? How much responsibility do I bear for being raped?" I then proceeded to go through a list of the times I have been arguably raped as an adult when I should be responsible for my ability to pick "safe" people. I decided it was time to tell the story of Dan Morgan. I haven't before. Not really.
On December 18th, 2005 I posted this in my livejournal:
I am about to climb out of my head with wanting sex. But I still don't want casual sex. I feel kind of lame. It has been just over three weeks and I am already going batty? Damn the time is going to pass slow... This is longer than I have gone without sex in... oh god... uhhhhh... two years. For the record: I have really enjoyed how much sex I have had in the last two years. *sigh* Thank you to all the lovely people who have made the last two years so much fun. :) I was asked on Friday if going back to casual sex would be better than waiting for more meaningful sex. I told the person that I am coming out of a relationship where I have had the best sex of my life and going back to more mediocre sex would be a serious let down and I am not quite ready to do that yet. I think a lot/most of what made that sex so awesome was I was more present for it than I usually am. I asked Puppy for what I wanted in ways that I have never been comfortable asking before. Other than the actual technical amount of time spent having sex I got exactly what I wanted pretty much when I wanted. There was also a variety that blew my mind. I kind of feel like I rediscovered vanilla sex. And it can be GOOD.
I miss every part of sex. I miss having his body over mine. I miss the scary intensity of having him slide into my ass. I miss feeling a cock in my throat. I miss feeling his tongue on my clit. I really miss having a cock in my pussy. The discerning reader will notice the change in possessive pronouns in the previous statements. There are some sex acts that were very specific to him that I miss him for. There are some that I am just missing in general right now. He is the only sex partner I have ever received regular anal or oral from.
I didn't mention this part to the person who asked, but I actually don't really want to go back to casual sex because I don't want to go back to the fanaticism I have when I am being a slut. I don't particularly like getting STD tested every three months. I don't particularly like condoms. I really really really like unprotected sex--which is a scary and dangerous thing. I can't have it casually because I am not willing to risk my life. I am still on the pill. The first time he tried to break up with me I asked him if I could maintain booty call rights. I think I have it in the back of my mind that waiting a couple of months until I am less emotionally attached is a good thing, but eventually having him as a booty call would be a good thing. Although this is just mental masturbation. I really think that in order to not hurt myself emotionally it would have to be 4-6 months before I would be able to have sex with him and not cry through the entire event. And yeah. I am well aware that I technically can wait that long to have sex but I really don't have to and I won't go back to unprotected sex with him if I sleep with someone else. Ethics are annoying.
Right now, all I know is that I have a stronger desire right now for being beaten, for being held down and fucked unmercilessly than I have had in a very long time. I want to be slapped and taunted with how very horny I am right now. I want to have someone revel in my lustiness and appreciate the fact that I can wear someone out right now. I want to have someone fuck me until I beg them to stop because I am so sore. I want to be restrained and hurt and threatened. I want... sex.
The person I had been talking to on Friday was Dan Morgan. I don't know how we started talking. I'm sure we met through Dickens Fair. No! Tribe? Was it Tribe? I don't remember for sure. That sounds right, though. We were having these really awesome long conversations over IM about fun kinky sex stuff we were interested in doing. I was adamant about casual sex meaning condoms. He didn't like that bit. He told me quite a bit about how condoms were annoying. My response: tough. No cover, no entry.
Our first date was on Christmas Day in Disneyland. I uhhh kind of bought his ticket in. He was really broke and said he couldn't afford the trip if he had to pay for theme park tickets, though he had friends he could go crash with who would go with him to the park if I got him in. I didn't have a problem with this.
We had a really fun date. Involving upsetting his friends when Dan fingered me in the Tiki Room. We were shit-faced drunk from the bar in downtown Disney. Disneyland as an adult is very different. Other people go and treat it very differently than I do. Anyway.
He went off with his friends and I went off with mine. On December 27th I posted:
Disneyland is still cool.
First dates... are interesting.
Still not up for sex even though I am crawling the walls.
I went to the gym and I am proud of myself.
I haven't made one itty bitty movement towards cleaning my apartment.
I have food now.
Tomorrow I have three netflix movies to send back.
My cat is hella clingy.
My family sucks even more than usual.
I am really drunk.
I told Puppy that he is an elitist piece of shit tonight.
I am tired of planes.
I am really tired and uninterested in sleeping for some strange reason... I think I am going to lose that battle in the next 10 minutes though.
I missed country music.
I love my friends.
And then on December 29th I posted:
Tiki Bar TV
London Fogcutter, episode 8. That is the reason for my hangover.
I didn't bother to mention that the real reason for my hangover was because Dan came over. We had a pleasant afternoon together. We dealt with a motorcycle gear acquisition for him. There was a good store near me. We tried to get to know one another. By evening he said we should start watching the show. He started making drinks. He made more and more. Dan is a really serious alcoholic. I don't drink much and never have. Alcohol makes my stomach hurt. He kept topping up my glass. "Oh come on. You don't want to get behind now, do you?" He was very antagonistic towards me trying to get me to drink more.
I wanted him to like me. I will freely say that. I thought he was shiny. I'm sure there was an element of star-fucking in it. He seemed well-liked. Maybe if I stood next to him I would feel like not-poison for a while.
I woke up at about 3am in my bed confused. I couldn't remember anything past Tiki Bar TV. And I don't know that I remember more than two episodes of it. I reached down between my legs and felt a lot of wet. I rolled out of bed (because I had no other way of getting to the floor) and crawled into the bathroom. There I proceeded to vomit until I thought I would die. It was awesome. This was when I was living in San Jose by myself for the only time in my life.
Puppy dumped me on Thanksgiving day. Noah asked me to marry him in March. Dan was right in the middle. Of-fucking-course I said yes to Noah.
Anyway. When I stopped puking I looked for my phone. I sent Dan a text message asking where he was, when he left, and uhm, did we have sex? He said he was at home. He had left at 2. Yes, we had sex. I sent back another message saying: ...unprotected sex? He said, "Well you are on the pill so it doesn't matter, right?"
I said basically nothing about this event to anyone who knew me. It wasn't exactly rape, right? Only legally it was. Regardless of whether I intended to have sex or not, once I was passed out drunk it wasn't ok. I had text evidence that I wasn't interested in unprotected sex. And I bloody well thought about the fact that I could go in for a rape kit and it would be bloody obvious that we had unprotected sex.
I was afraid of people saying that I was having second thoughts. I was afraid of people saying that I was stupid or that I deserved it. I believe that unprotected sex is a disease vector. At that point in my life I was still really focused on the fact that I wanted to have children. I didn't risk any more disease than I had to. I already have herpes and I've already had an hpv outbreak. That damage was done long before. I did the best I could with the information that I had.
Do you know why I was so afraid of going to the police? Well. That's another story. I can't give you a name because I honestly don't remember it. I don't really want to. I wouldn't remember Dan's if he wasn't a trusted member of my extended community I thought was safe.
The summer I was 18 I was drunk with the sexual power of being a woman. Finally, for the first time in my life what I was doing and mine to decide about. I finally had the legal right to consent. It did actually matter to me. It has always bothered me that my early partners could have gone to jail for what we did. It feels like an unfair balance of responsibility. Anyway.
So when I was 18 I was on match.com. Don't judge. I was hanging out in the chat rooms a lot. I met up with several people. The first was a guy who was in the Coast Guard. He lived in Alameda. Anna was housesitting for a family way the heck up Summit Road. The other side, not the same side as Redwood Estates. Way up in the fancy-pants part of the mountains. The house was beautiful. I can't remember if there were three or four stories. Elaborate wine cellar (like a huge vault that was about 1/3 the size of the bottom floor of the house), sauna, steam room, exercise room, pool, hot tub... everything. The family was having a lot of work done on the house. They gave Anna permission to have me stay up there with her.
I know they regretted that. It was all my fault. Anna had worked for them successfully for years at that point. I ruined a very profitable relationship for her and I still feel bad about that. That is part of what I mean when I say I am poison. Anna bore a lot of the brunt of the backlash for this. But I'm getting ahead of myself again.
We invited a couple of my theater friends and this random guy from match.com up to the house for a party. It wasn't that wild because my theater friends were young and sweet and inexperienced. I think back on them with this really nostalgic color. They were really awesome and I didn't know how to stay one of them.
Of course there was drinking. Unless I snuck off behind Anna's back she said I had three shots of tequila and then I begged off because my stomach hurt. Everyone else kept drinking. I don't remember much after the second shot. I woke up in the morning feeling fierce and disgusting. I couldn't remember any sex and I was kind of sad. I was confused though because I couldn't remember much of anything, really. But I had to hurry up and get moving. I was working at Pride in San Francisco. I was working a booth for the Same Sex Marriage organization. It was awesome. I met people and did things I'm really glad I did. In between doing all of them I had to run to Port-A-Potties to vomit. I did that all day long. When I went back up to the house in the mountains I took another shower and curled up on the bed. I happened to lean over and look in the trash can. There were three used condoms.
Funny. I didn't remember having sex. I asked Anna what happened. She told me about the party and said that eventually I stumbled back up to the room with the help of this guy. I asked her how I looked and she said, "You looked really out of it." I nodded. I told her that I think that what happened technically qualifies as rape. I called the Sheriff. She was dubious. She was right.
The particular officer who showed up is one I have met before. When I was 11 Al Smith, my next door neighbor at the time, asked me if I would have sex with him. Our other neighbor overheard the whole exchange and reported it. That's why the officer came to my house when I was 11. When I was 11 he told my family I was crazy and that I needed help. He wouldn't prosecute Al.
When I was 18 he told me, "What did you expect when you bring a boy up to a house to drink?" He took the (outrageously expensive) sheets as "evidence" and then told me he was not going to fuck up the life of some nice Coast Guard boy for a girl like me who gets cold feet after the fact.
The fall out was really bad. The family had to be told why we disappeared their sheets. We would have been better off lying. Given the response of the sheriff it looked really bad and hysterical. It was even worse because I had gone skinny dipping in the pool and flirted with the guy painting the house. I was obviously horrible. The family was really angry with Anna for bringing someone like me into their house. They told her if she wanted to know people like me they didn't want to know her.
Years later I was behind their car on the freeway. The license plate has their last name on it. I felt such a sickening wave of shame.
Why didn't I call the police after Dan fucked me without a condom? Uhm.... good pattern recognition skills? Every time someone tells me that women bear some of the responsibility for being raped I want to scream. I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN ALLOWED TO GIVE CONSENT WHEN I WANTED TO SO SHUT THE FUCK UP. Rape is an abuse of power. Rape is putting a body part into someone else when they have not consented. That is not something that is about mutual responsibility.
That asshole when I was 18 raped me. I could not consent by the time he had sex with me, but at least he used condoms. When I was 24 I was raped because having unprotected sex with me after I had it in writing many times that I don't do that is illegal. And I was too chicken shit to say anything because I am well aware that no one in power gives a shit what happens to white trash whores like me.
And then Noah showed up. I would have been manifestly stupid and crazy to continue the life path I was on without him.