And now for a downer: Rape

November 13th, 2009

An aggregation of some things I’ve been reading concerning that ever-cheerful topic of rape:

  • At the risk of reposting old news, Schrödinger’s Rapist, about unwelcome attention from strange men, is a wonderful expression of ideas I had in my head that I couldn’t quite verbalize. I encourage you to resist the tl;dr factor and read it anyway.
  • There were way too many comments on that thread for me to attempt to read them all, but there was a shorter thread on the Yes Means Yes blog. Someone raises the legitimate concern about the essay’s use of phrases like, “All women have a constant fear of rape” as opposed to “most” or “many”. Although comment threads often leave me feeling like I just lost 10 IQ points, I actually felt there were some interesting points raised by a dissenting commentator.
  • Also from Yes Means Yes, a paraphrase of some studies about who commits rape.
  • The justice system is based on the premise that a person can do their time and that pays their debt to society, whereas sex offender registries stigmatize them forever. Maybe that would be acceptable the really had such scary recidivism rates as common knowledge leads one to believe.


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