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Scott Adams: Males are natural born rapists?

Dilbert creator Scott Adams must be bored again. His latest blog post is causing a stir after he lists “tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world” as being part of the male nature.

If you have a round peg that doesn’t fit in a square hole, do you blame the peg or the hole? You probably blame neither. We don’t assign blame to inanimate objects. But you might have some questions about the person who provided you with these mismatched items and set you up to fail.

If a lion and a zebra show up at the same watering hole, and the lion kills the zebra, whose fault is that? Maybe you say the lion is at fault for doing the killing. Maybe you say the zebra should have chosen a safer watering hole. But in the end, you probably conclude that both animals acted according to their natures, so no one is to blame. However, if this is your local zoo, you might have some questions about who put the lions with the zebras in the same habitat.

Now consider human males. No doubt you have noticed an alarming trend in the news. Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive to just about everyone in the entire world. The current view of such things is that the men are to blame for their own bad behavior. That seems right. Obviously we shouldn’t blame the victims. I think we all agree on that point. Blame and shame are society’s tools for keeping things under control.

Community Comments

#1 jim Lavery
June/17/2011
@ 8:59 am

Reminds me of a skit on SNL from its first or second year. Buck Henry plays a radio talk show host (this was before talk radio was big) and he can’t attract any callers so he announces topics he’s sure will provoke callers.

“I like to strangle puppies,” he declares with glee, “give us a call, 555-2150.”

Scott Adams likes to strangle puppies. Give him a call. Notice him. Please.

#2 Ed Power
June/17/2011
@ 9:01 am

OK. Seriously. No joke. What the f**k is wrong with this guy lately?

United, Conley, Pastis…curb your dog. Now. It’s not funny anymore.

#3 Ed Power
June/17/2011
@ 9:02 am

@ jim Lavery,

That skit didn’t come after a string of puppy stranglers in the news.

#4 Nick Wright
June/17/2011
@ 9:30 am

Scott, when the square hole says no, it means no.

#5 jim Lavery
June/17/2011
@ 9:47 am

It doesn’t matter if its based on current events, the point is about being provocative for attention

#6 Ed Power
June/17/2011
@ 10:10 am

It matters as a matter of taste and what is funny and what isn’t.

#7 Kat Ruhl
June/17/2011
@ 10:32 am

Urg, I hate when folks try to start controversial crap like this for attention. Our best bet is to ignore him, eventually he’ll realize his nonsense isn’t getting him attention and he’ll move on to something else. Hopefully.

#8 Dan Bielinski
June/17/2011
@ 10:35 am

I see amazon ads for 5 Dilbert books on this page. Just saying.

#9 donna lewis
June/17/2011
@ 11:08 am

I need to get more controversial.

#10 donna lewis
June/17/2011
@ 11:10 am

Puppies are ugly. THERE. I said it. It’s out there. And I don’t care who thinks that’s wrong.

#11 JW Wills
June/17/2011
@ 11:16 am

Ed, United Media went out of business on June 1st. Scott will have to look for guidance from another source.

#12 Daniel Boris
June/17/2011
@ 11:23 am

I think what Scott is trying to say is, “If you tweet your meat you lose your seat.”

#13 steve skelton
June/17/2011
@ 11:49 am

If you want to see controversial, see today’s 2 Cows and a Chicken!!

#14 donna lewis
June/17/2011
@ 11:53 am

Nah…you want controversy? The black of my top isn’t the same black as the black of my skirt. Controversial AND horrifying.

#15 jim Lavery
June/17/2011
@ 11:58 am

Woah. Donna. Don’t go there. Stick with the puppies.

#16 Stephen Beals
June/17/2011
@ 12:00 pm

Ugly puppies and mismatched shades of black? That’s it, Donna, I’m reading your comic.

Oh, wow, that does work!

#17 donna lewis
June/17/2011
@ 12:02 pm

Yeah, Stephen. You and 2 BILLION others in the last 2 minutes since I posted that on Twitter with a photo of the offending fabrics.
Mismatched black does it EVERY time.

#18 Ed Power
June/17/2011
@ 1:17 pm

You know what the one good thing is about having your comic cancelled (and belive me, there is only ONE good thing :D :D :D )?

And I’m being serious about this….

Before my strip was cancelled I never would’ve posted my above posts and a few others I’ve posted the past few months because I would’ve had fantasies about meeting my fellow cartoonists and being accepted by them, especially the great cartoonists.

Since I now don’t have to worry about that, I can be honest and when one of the greats flips his gourd I can say so.

Think about it…Alan does a web vs print article and it’ll run on for pages and be taken as seriously as a cure for cancer. A great cartoonist compares the rape of 2 maids at the hands of wealthy psychopaths to, essentially, ‘boys will be boys’ and everyone writes it off.

Everyone should have a cancelled comic strip. Like ‘My Cage’. And ‘Unfit’.

#19 jim Lavery
June/17/2011
@ 1:25 pm

Or skip the middle man and not have your strip accepted at all. Might as well be liberated from the get-go.

So I got that working for me now.

#20 Jules Rivera
June/17/2011
@ 3:32 pm

I cannot look at Dilbert’s tie anymore. Now that I know what’s on McAdams’ mind (rape, lots of it), I just…can’t…look at it anymore.

**HOORRFFF**

Just thought I’d share.

#21 Jerome Mayle
June/17/2011
@ 4:35 pm

If women have “women’s intuition”…… how come they keep getting raped? Spiderman has “Spidey Sense” and it’s hard as hell to hit him. Just throwin that out there.

#22 Mike Lester
June/18/2011
@ 1:52 pm

“Blame and shame are society?s tools for keeping things under control.”

Because morality is soooooo quaint. When they rename it the Levenworth Blame and Shame Correctional Facility, let me know.

#23 Brian Hagen
June/19/2011
@ 12:55 pm

Current vote count on Scott Adams’ post: a negative 1421.

His observation is strangely male-centered. His post continues, “…society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness.”

If unfulfilled urges lead to unhappiness, aren’t females going to be as miserable as males, being forbidden to commit murder, bank fraud, and public urination?

And equating raping and tweeting in the same sentence? I can’t quite believe that.

#24 Phil Wohlrab
June/19/2011
@ 10:29 pm

Classic case of too much solitude. There’s so much random jumping around of subjects and logic. It’s reads like something that came from paranoid conspiracy theorist.
Every time I think of Scott Adams I think of his Cintiq demo. It was like watching someone drive a Ferrari slowly through a supermarket parking lot.

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