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  •  i still call bull on 'Rape culture' (0+ / 0-)

    There's a difference between the anxiety that a woman might feel with constant messages about rape being blared at your on the news, day and night, and the way the world really is. I still promise you that this is a culture that in no way supports rape, and in fact every man here would probably rather be accused of murder than rape any day of the week because the consequences of just a mere accusation ruins relations with friends, intimate partners, and even your own blood family.

    •  The world is what it is, not what you wish it was (0+ / 0-)

      And you don't get to call bull on so many women's experiences because it embarrasses you personally.

      •  actually yes i do call bull on it (0+ / 0-)

        how sexist is it when you say that basically all men are either rapists or complicit in a culture that supports it?

        would we stand for it if someone wrote a diary saying that we were a violent society and proceeded to point fingers at black people and their culture(rap, etc)  for making white people afraid to leave their houses at night for fear of being mugged or beaten for your sneakers.

        I do call bullshit on the whole thing and I won't be bullied by you.

        •  You need to read what was actually written (0+ / 0-)

          There is a difference between supporting rape culture and benefitting from it.

          •  oh? and how do men benefit from 'rape culture'? (0+ / 0-)
            •  If you had read many of the comments you (0+ / 0-)

              would have had your answer.

              The short version: by having an institutional set of rules and rule makers who devalue women's experiences and testimony, the net result is rape is endemic and few rapists are punished. I trust you saw the Washington Post graphic illustrating this.

              The result is women do not feel as safe to go places because of the threat of rape or violence.  Men benefit from this by having access to certain jobs women are reluctant to take because of this threat.  Men benefit because a woman who is afraid will choose a man as a mate just to have one around to keep other men away.  In a society where rape is prosecuted in the same way as other violent assault and putting the victim on trial is not permitted, not only would prosecutions go up and incidents go down, but women would be freer to choose a man for his good qualities rather than to deter worse men.

              And at the base of tape culture is keeping women relatively powerless.  So while most men would never rape or even threaten to rape, they benefit by having most women fear the possibility.

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