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  •  rape is fundamentally about power, (6+ / 0-)

    not gender. It is an expression of the rapist's power over the victim by means of forcing sex or sex-related acts on him/her.

    The type of force used to compel the victim may take different forms depending on the gender of the rapist. But the impulse is the same.

    Physical strength is only the crudest form of force, and that's the form most commonly associated with the usual male-on-female paradigm of rape. But there are other, subtler forms of force that are harder for the legal system to quantify and detect. Since female rapists are not usually stronger than their male victims, it stands to reason that they must use other means than physical. Understanding what these means are is the key task.

    As the definition of rape and sexual assault on men is broadened, we'll see more cases, just as we did as the definition of rape and sexual assault on women was broadened. And then we may come to see that the problem is more widespread than was thought.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:22:57 PM PDT

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