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The Real Formula for Rape May 31, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

Can’t rightly remember how many times I’ve been told that men’s sexism, combined with pornography, leads inexorably to rape. It’s been a mainstay of feminist rhetoric for decades.

But just as with the “1 in 4 college women are are raped” canard, this business of sexism being at the root of sexual crimes is a myth:

The main factors driving sexual assaults may be the attractiveness and vulnerability of young people of both genders, rather than negative attitudes toward women, a new study suggests.

The researchers wrote in their study that adolescents’ higher risk of sexual assaults could be explained by their attractiveness, their vulnerability, and their active social lives, which increase contact with potential offenders.

Once again a huge chunk of the liberal firmament has been shown to be founded on imagination and wishful thinking. All those seminars and laws and programs and policies were based on a fantasy concocted by a cottage industry specializing in celebration of the victim.

On the very limited upside, at least they felt like they were doing something.

So the old formula “sexism + porn = rape” has been replaced by the older, but new again, formula “hottitude + vulnerability + meeting an uberjerk = rape.”

I suppose it would be cruel of me to point out that a key part of the conservative agenda is to reduce the vulnerability of potential victims, while the President is mightily upset that we prevented him from increasing that vulnerability. OK, I won’t mention it.


1. geoff - May 31, 2013

Feminist: You there, stop being a sexist!!

Me: But I’m just…..

Feminist: You’re treating women like they’re a completely different and desirable sex!

Me: Well yeah, but…

Feminist: And put down that porn!!

Me: Ah, come on! What am I going to do with my hands? Maybe I’ll take up smoking…

Feminist: Don’t you know sexism and porn are the gateways to rape?

Me: But I’m just an average harmless guy who likes…

Feminist: “Average harmless guy?” All men are potential rapists!!

Me: Huh? That’s ridi…

Feminist: Shut up, rapist!

2. Sobek - May 31, 2013

That dialogue works better if you shriek it hystrionically, instead of just reading it quietly in your head.

3. geoff - May 31, 2013

Hopefully after today that dialogue will be obsolete.

4. thirdnews - May 31, 2013

Rapist don’t have a desired demographics. The age range of victims suggest it isn’t about desirability but likely power over their target.

As a female, I immorally unconcerned with porn but the industry needs women to write erotically, if they want a greater market. Though I’m unconvinced that porn has no effect on the underdeveloped brain. I can’t think of any other reason those boys filmed a rape, and thought it was cool.

5. lauraw - June 1, 2013

Human beings have committed depraved acts for far longer than modern porn has existed. Young people in particular lack a certain depth of empathy for others. That case would hardly be the first or last time a group of young men formed a little pack and went wild. The fact they filmed their crime doesn’t tell us anything about modern media, it just tells us they are retarded. And thank goodness for that.

thirdnews - June 1, 2013

Laura, yes true that depravity predates MTV but the combination of the ‘watchers’ who were sober enough to intercede, and yet observed the humiliation and brutality of a peer, in an observational ‘moral bubble’ isn’t.

Again, I’m not sure it is a desensitization that is post-porn, but I doesn’t exclude how its effect on young brains. Ironically, the video where one male states “That’s rape, dude!” is a clue to analyzing the behavior of the others who didn’t think it was their business? I’m not sure why they didn’t help but I want to know what made that boy different. Why he was able to differentiate from a video, and consequences of real life

6. lauraw - June 1, 2013

Ah, true. Well, I’d hazard that few youngsters today have been raised to know how to deal with a bully, or to take any initiative in intervening physically on behalf of another. Most have probably been told all their lives to never resort to violence or that there is such a thing as ‘good’ use of force.

I would not be surprised if those other kids literally did not have the first clue on how to begin a confrontation with a bad actor, and follow it through.

7. lauraw - June 1, 2013

Once you say out loud that you know you are witnessing a crime, you become a part of it. So much easier not to get involved, and to profess ignorance of the whole situation.

In other words, maybe the difference between that one kid and the others who said nothing, is only that they knew that verbalizing the obvious would obligate them morally, and he didn’t.

So maybe he wasn’t more aware of the situation than them, but less.

8. daveintexas - June 1, 2013

You see some guy hurtin a girl, you jump in and start fightin.

That’s the law.

ain’t it?

9. lauraw - June 1, 2013

Dave with the ten-word breakdown FTW!

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