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10 August 2007 @ 02:16 pm
War of the sexes  
After reading some of the feminist backlash posts by men on Salon, and then reading this post about recent trends in rape prosecution, I have to wonder about the state of affairs between men and women these days. I recognize that changing a society is difficult and that the transition is rough for all concerned, especially while we have one foot in a new paradigm and possibly the rest of our bodies still lodged in the old one. But I am appalled at the bitterness and anger on both sides of the cultural divide sometimes.

Thanks to batchfile for the link. And it reminds me of the Italian court's assertion that women who wear blue jeans can't be raped since it requires their cooperation to remove the tight pants. Huh? What if the rapist puts a knife against my throat--am I being raped then if I remove my jeans for him?
crushednchurned on August 12th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I read a case not that long ago in some country a 12 year old girl was gang raped in the middle of the night by a group of 4 teenage boys who broke through her bedroom window with an axe and.. because she didn't fight them, the judge dropped the rape charges based on her supposed consent. They were exiled from the island for a year ... or something, I think for breaking and entering.
crushednchurned on August 12th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
It's just scary. All women should take self-defense classes, learn how to use weapons, all that stuff. In a world where men trample and victimize women, one has to look out for oneself.

It's just awful stuff.
thirishar on August 13th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Rape = abomination = men commiting same are evil.

'Nuff said.
crushednchurned on August 13th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Is it really 'nuff said though? If men who rape are evil, I think the point is that much more needs to be done than simply acknowledging it.

What does one do to halt the force of a rushing river... one that runs deep and has thousands of years of force behind it?
Tapatitapati on August 13th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's evil--but what can be done about it? As a night owl, I am aware I can't expect to go out walking at night (though many rapes happen during daylight hours too). I feel like I'm under house arrest.

Some have suggested a curfew for men...I don't want to penalize the non-violent men for the actions of the violent ones. But what do we (all) do about the violence?

Wish we could just vote them off the island!