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  •  Respect? No, Rape. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    Your headline makes a bizarre claim. In addition to Rand's consistent portrayal of capitalist exploitation as heroic - the opposite of respect - what about the horrendous rape scene where Howard Roark in the Fountainhead (her hero) rapes Dominique Francon?

    Warning: for survivors of abuse or misogynist violence, I'm going to quote the passage below, just to illustrate how awful the scene is, quoted via Jezebel:

    She tried to tear herself away from him. The effort broke against his arms that had not felt it. Her fists beat against his shoulders, against his face. He moved one hand, took her two wrists and pinned them behind her, under his arm, wrenching her shoulder blades.…She fell back against the dressing table, she stood crouching, her hands clasping the edge behind her, her eyes wide, colorless, shapeless in terror. He was laughing. There was the movement of laughter on his face, but no sound.…Then he approached. He lifted her without effort. She let her teeth sink into his hand and felt blood on the tip of her tongue. He pulled her head back and he forced her mouth open against his.
    What makes this scene even worse is that Dominique is portrayed as loving Roark afterwards. The fact that Rand had internalized these rape myths is sad. The fact that she propounded these rape mythis is tragic. But the fact that there are Objectivists out there (such as Andrew Bernstein) who engage in pretzel logic to try to justify Rand's internalization of misogyny still today is grotesque.

    But consistent respect? Hardly.

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