Firefighters Group Sex Scandal Exposed

A culture of homosexual group sex has been exposed with recent allegations of ‘sexual abuse’ by some retired fire fighters against their colleagues. These allegations have given rise to a debate on the nature of consent within group sex between men. Some sources have jumped to immediate conclusions on the matter, blaring headlines such as “Brutal Abuse Exposed” (Cover of The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 14th February). However the issue is far more complicated than that.

We need to take into consideration several important points before we make such spurious judgment on the nature of this so called ‘abuse’.

One, it is a well known fact that groups of men in dangerous occupations tend to have sex with each other. The men making claims of abuse, knowingly and willing entered into a hazardous occupation which was, and still is, male dominated. What did they think was going to happen? Cup cakes and Kumbayah? No, these men knew full well the nature of other men and they willingly entered into an environment where they knew there was a risk of sex. Haven’t they seen the sexy calenders that firefighters produce for gay men?

Two, after the so-called ‘abuse’ all three men chose to stay within their career as firefighters. None of them reported the ‘abuse’ to the police until many years later. Obviously these men were ambivalent about whether or not this actually was abuse. Surely, if the group sex had been unwelcome, they would have left their positions and reported the crime to authorities.

Three, none of the men indicated that the group sex was unwelcome until years later. They report passively accepting the ‘abuse’, none of them claim to have asked the accused to stop, nor did they indicate that they had struggled in any way. It is difficult to believe that the advances of the accused were unwelcome when no indication was made on the part of the ‘victim’ to resist.

It is obvious that these men invited group sex when they joined the fire brigade. They did not leave their employment when the group sex started. And there is no indication that they did not consent to the so-called abuse. The case against the accused is very thin. It is difficult to understand how headlines like: “Brutal Abuse Exposed” could possibly by justified.

What this incident does indicate is that internalised homophobia and a desire for monetary compensation has driven some men to deny their natural inclinations for, and enjoyment of, all-male group sex. We need to change the culture of male-dominated, dangerous occupations so that men can indulge in group orgies with other men and not feel ashamed by their natural desires. This recent scandal has exposed the shocking truth of our society’s intolerance of the natural male sex drive. We need to accept and support men who need a good group fuck before fighting fires, crime, war etc. Headlines like the one published in The Sunday Telegraph are inflammatory and ignore the realities of what men need. If you want to support our firies in their life-saving efforts, embrace the fact of all-male group sex. It is a necessary, natural, team-bonding experience that makes men, men, and gives them the impetus to keep risking their lives, day after day.

*DISCLAIMER: I do not believe a single word of what I wrote above. I was just so angry with the way that this issue was reported in contrast to the way that the gang rape of women by footballers was reported. In my opinion, they are exactly the same; in fact the women raped by footballers suffered far more than the fire fighters did in this recent sexual abuse case. Why is it that women getting gang-raped by footballers is reported as a ‘sex scandal’ but when something similar happens to a man it is ‘horrific abuse’? Yes, what these firefighters suffered was horrific abuse. It is inexcusable. It is a crime. It should never, ever happen to anyone, ever. SAME WITH THE GANG RAPE OF WOMEN BY FOOTBALLERS!!!!! And yet the above was exactly the way that the media handled the gang rape of Clare… and so many other women who have been deeply scarred by their horrific experiences at the hands of rapist football players.*

A version of this post was published here in February 2010 in response to the misogynist media portayal of the high incidents of football players gang raping young women. Both the incidents of gang rape and the media reporting were sickeningly typical.

17 comments
  1. Oh. Thank the Goddess for your disclaimer. I was reading this post with a well of worry building inside thinking, oh my goodness, this sounds exactly what society says about women who have been assaulted and we are just perpetuating the horrors if we take this view. So I was preparing my comments, then … phew. What an awesome way to illustrate your point. Thanks.

  2. zeph said:

    Sublime sarcasm, pulling this switch, brilliantly demonstrates the propaganda intrenched in the reporting of sex crimes against women. Which are much worse for women than men because of the risk of pregnancy, and all that entails.

  3. Feuerwerferin said:

    Bhahahahaha… that was awesome! The Hub needs “comedy” as an additional category. Still lmao.

  4. rainsinger said:

    An A-Mazing and powerful way get the point across of the difference between media reports of sexual violence based on the victim’s sex. I will never read media reports the same way again.

  5. Sydney said:

    That was unreal. Before I read the disclaimer, I felt my stomach turn the same way it does when I read the same bullshit about female rape victims in the paper. Gosh I’d love to see how a man would react to this. Powerful stuff.

  6. Feuerwerferin said:

    I knew at once that this was satire. And a damn good one! How could anyone take this seriously?

  7. Feuerwerferin said:

    Besides, everyone knows that men can’t be raped because they want sex 24/7. And let’s be honest, they’d fuck ANYTHING anyway 😉

    It’s up to you whether you allow rape jokes about men for educational purposes or not.

  8. Feuerwerferin said:

    Where is your sense of humour?

  9. yttik said:

    Thank you! I really enjoyed that sarcasm. Sometimes you have to flip things around just to show how ridiculous they are.

  10. zeph said:

    “Sometimes you have to flip things around just to show how ridiculous they are.”

    Very true yttik. Another thing I like about this post is the way it blows apart the false divide between gay and het men. There are men in all professions who have sex together, some go home to wives and girlfriends, some live with each other. Most like other men/boys to one extent or another; some don’t do women as well, and are honest about it.

    Maybe ‘do not also do women and are honest about it’ is one way to define gay men. I doubt there is any such thing as a 100% straight man.

  11. Unfortunately, yes, we do need to flip things for them to become visible. I shared this link on facebook, and had some really positive feedback from someone who usually would not see how the way that violence against women is reported in the media contributes to a culture that dismisses its seriousness. So again, thank you so much for this. Perhaps a running commentary in such a way is needed. I agree Feuerwerferin about a section of the hub that is dedicated to enjoyable pieces of sarcasm and wit.

  12. zeph said:

    “yes, we do need to flip things for them to become visible. I shared this link on facebook, and had some really positive feedback from someone who usually would not see how the way that violence against women is reported in the media contributes to a culture that dismisses its seriousness.”

    Glad you had some positive feedback. It is amazing how switching roles, makes them visible. It is the same when you first see a woman dressed in a tailored three piece and trilby; with a man on her arm in a dress, heels and make up. You suddenly see what women’s clothes really are, and how they really look in men’s eyes.

  13. Sydney said:

    Excellent follow up Feuerwerferin

  14. Wow, good one. Reblogged, so at least 2 men will read this. Heh. I’m sure they’ll “disagree” with something, somehow. As if rape culture isn’t a FACT.

  15. luckynkl said:

    I confess I burst out laughing as I had a good idea what you were up to, Allecto, even before I got to the disclaimer. Touché. What isn’t so funny is how differently the media reports crimes based on sex.

  16. Isis said:

    Is it wrong that I still don’t care one lick what happened to the men?

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