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Old 04-09-2008, 11:32 PM   #31
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Mutual awareness and perception that rape is primarily something men do to humiliate women (and occasionally other men), the ultimate way to "girlie-ize" them so to speak, is part of it too. I apologize for even suggesting the thought, but wouldn't you guys, too, be less likely to tell friends, family and coworkers--perhaps even the police--if you'd been raped? as opposed to, say, sharing with them that you got that black eye and busted lip when some asshole punched you to the ground then took your wallet last night? The act just conveys something different, and both victim and perpetrator know it.
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Mutual awareness and perception that rape is primarily something men do to humiliate women (and occasionally other men), the ultimate way to "girlie-ize" them so to speak, is part of it too. I apologize for even suggesting the thought, but wouldn't you guys, too, be less likely to tell friends, family and coworkers--perhaps even the police--if you'd been raped? as opposed to, say, sharing with them that you got that black eye and busted lip when some asshole punched you to the ground then took your wallet last night? The act just conveys something different, and both victim and perpetrator know it.
Oh, I completely agree...
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Mutual awareness and perception that rape is primarily something men do to humiliate women (and occasionally other men), the ultimate way to "girlie-ize" them so to speak, is part of it too. I apologize for even suggesting the thought, but wouldn't you guys, too, be less likely to tell friends, family and coworkers--perhaps even the police--if you'd been raped? as opposed to, say, sharing with them that you got that black eye and busted lip when some asshole punched you to the ground then took your wallet last night? The act just conveys something different, and both victim and perpetrator know it.


okay, so i've written, like, 5 different posts and deleted them all. i've boiled it down to this:

a "deliverance"-style rape just feels like a different thing altogether than what we understand as date rape.
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Usually I make a point of using the phrase "date rape" if I'm thinking in terms of 'gray area', two-drunk-and-horny-young-people-and-one-regrets-it-afterwards type scenarios. If that's what you mean by "date rape", then no, I didn't really have "date rape" in mind with my above post and I apologize if that wasn't clear. Though if you're talking about a "date" that ends with one party violently forcing themselves on the resisting other, which certainly also happens, then I think my above post still applies.
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Usually I make a point of using the phrase "date rape" if I'm thinking in terms of 'gray area', two-drunk-and-horny-young-people-and-one-regrets-it-afterwards type scenarios. If that's what you mean by "date rape", then no, I didn't really have "date rape" in mind with my above post and I apologize if that wasn't clear. Though if you're talking about a "date" that ends with one party violently forcing themselves on the resisting other, which certainly also happens, then I think my above post still applies.


that is what i mean by date rape, or acquaintance rape, and that's the only thing i've had experience with -- not me, personally, but friends, both men and women. it's a very gray area, and it makes me very uncomfortable, especially when you're friends with both parties as i was in college when something like this went down between two of my friends. to me, that is a situation where gender differences might play a role.

the date-that-turns-violent scenario, i agree, is different and more akin to the "deliverance" scenario, though i guess i still see it as different from the historical purpose of man-on-man rape (as depicted in The Kite Runner) which is more akin to, say, Russian soldiers raping German women in 1945.

as for the original question -- would you be less willing to talk about it -- the truthful answer is that i don't know. i don't think i'd be less likely to report it, but i might be less likely to talk about it than to talk about being assaulted in the street.

i'm finding this very difficult to write about, probably because every time i think of something to say, i can think of a different scenario.

i suppose it is at it's core a psychological assault as much as it's a physical assault, so the depth of "damage" (so to speak) is going to be dependent upon the situation. unless we're talking about systematic rape, all of these situations are going to be entirely unique and are going to be processed after the fact in a unique manner.
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This thread reminded me of this story:

http://londonist.com/2008/04/rape_is..._official_.php

Not only can blogging wage war on your health, but public figures are getting in trouble for their online opinions. The BNP’s Nick Eriksen learnt this the hard way last week, after he was sacked as the party's London Assembly candidate for publishing jaw-droppingly obtuse views on rape on his blog. The post has since been removed, but luckily journalists were quick to spot the following:

"Rape is simply sex (I am talking about 'husband-rape' here)... Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal…To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting force-feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence.”

Yeah. Whoa.

Londonist wants to know how someone with these kinds of views can have possibly gotten as far as Eriksen has in government: up until now, his blog has been either ignored or praised by fellow BNP leaders, including one entry in 2005 describing career women as “unnatural and vile.” Eriksen claimed his commentary sought to “stimulate debate”.

Almost 80% of rapes are “acquaintance rapes,” or sexual acts forced upon women by someone they know. Partner/husband rapes are the most common, and according to a 2000 British Crime Survey, strangers were responsible for a mere 8% of the rape victims surveyed. So no, Eriksen, rape is not exactly, nearly, or approximately anything remotely like eating cake, and whoever the perpetrator is, rape is by definition violent, and is never “simply” sex, whether or not it is instigated by a husband.
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This thread reminded me of this story:
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how does this thread remind you of that?

i don't see anyone in here pushing an attitude that rape is just unpleasant sex.
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^ I think she might have just meant that seeing a thread on this topic reminded her of that story.

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Almost 80% of rapes are “acquaintance rapes,” or sexual acts forced upon women by someone they know. Partner/husband rapes are the most common, and according to a 2000 British Crime Survey, strangers were responsible for a mere 8% of the rape victims surveyed.
That's different from here (although those two stats seem to contradict each other?); according to the USDoJ's most recent report, about 17% of female victims were raped by a stranger, about 24% by a current or former spouse/intimate partner, about 22% by a (non-intimate) male relative, about 21% by a current or former date, and about 27% by some other type of acquaintance--friend, coworker, neighbor etc. (percentages exceed 100 because some victims had been raped by more than one person). This report is also where the 1 in 6 figure comes from.
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how does this thread remind you of that?

i don't see anyone in here pushing an attitude that rape is just unpleasant sex.
I think there have been several posts in here that have trivialised rape/this discussion about the shirt.

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I also think it downplays the inherent violence of rape to use the word "rape" to refer to "two-drunk-and-horny-young-people-and-one-regrets-it-afterwards type scenarios" and to suggest that there are "gray areas" in rape.
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I think there have been several posts in here that have trivialised rape/this discussion about the shirt.


does it trivialize rape to suggest that there are worse things?
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Why is there any more shame than there is for a person that was stabbed 5 times with a knife and lives.

A knife penetrating is not as bad?
No.
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does it trivialize rape to suggest that there are worse things?
I think to suggest that six months of beatings should be an easier choice trivializes it. I don't assume that was the intention, not at all. But there are worse things for practically any scenario that exists, so why even compare or ask that question? And I agree with meegannie about lumping in in with the drunken sex/regret scenario.

Personally I find it impossible to place myself in any sort of judgment regarding how someone who is raped should feel about it and how they should deal with it or anything about their lives or what could be/is worse than rape. I feel I don't have that right at all. Not saying people here are judging, I assume most are just giving thoughts and opinions.

Of course men can be raped but it's not the same for them, they don't live with that fear on a constant/consistent basis. So perhaps it's easier for them to think about it on a different level. But I do think I'm pretty certain that most women who are raped don't sit around thinking that six months of beatings (or anything else) would have been worse. I would think they are thinking about how to put themselves back together again and if they'll ever be able to, how to deal with depression/suicidal thoughts, etc. That's what my limited experience with someone who was has shown me.
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does it trivialize rape to suggest that there are worse things?
It depends on the context. I'm still unclear as to why deep introduced the comparison here:


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Which example would I rather survive?

A. being locked up in a basement for 6 months and beat daily, for 6 months, but never sexually assaulted

or

B. being sexually assaulted (Raped) for 2 minutes
with no permanent physical damage
It seems completely irrelevant and rubs me the wrong way. I'd rather have arthritis than breast cancer but how is that relevant to a discussion of the pain of arthritis?

I'm personally uncomfortable with, almost offended by, the very use of the term "date rape." I do feel it trivializes the violent act that is rape. I know many women who were victims of the so-called "date rape," and what it meant was that they thought they were going on a date with someone they knew and liked, but ended up being sexually assaulted, with no drugs or alcohol involved. "Acquaintance rape" also hints it was perhaps a gray area, maybe the woman brought it on, maybe she flirted with him a few times, when it's really a violent act committed by someone who is not a complete stranger to the woman. I don't like these polite expressions around rape. It's all just RAPE.

A drunken night of he said/she said...well, I'm not saying gray areas don't occur. But the fact that a rape occurred on a date is still a rape, not the somehow less significant, "date rape."
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I think to suggest that six months of beatings should be an easier choice trivializes it. I don't assume that was the intention, not at all. But there are worse things for practically any scenario that exists, so why even compare or ask that question?

i suppose we all make comparisons. i'd rather die in a car accident than survive with horrible burns over most of my body and suffer through skin grafts and be disfigured for the rest of my life. of course i'd rather not have either happen, but i don't think the intention behind drawing out a comparison is to trivialize anything. but deep brought up the comparison, which i understood, but i suppose it's up to him to expound if he feels the need to. but i don't think he was saying, "cheer up, lass, it could have been worse."

what i think i'm getting from this is that there are some gender differences at play. i date(d) men, and in that sense, the likelihood of my being a rape victim is probably on par with many of the women in FYM, yet i really don't feel this issue to the same depth that many of the women in here seem to. it remains fairly unthinkable to me. i just can't imagine being overpowered by someone in that kind of context, unless there were a weapon involved, and it seems to me that would change the context altogether.

so maybe my being a man trumps my sexual orientation when it comes to this issue, and this is what i'm trying to understand here, how this crime functions psychologically, because it seems to me that that's what makes it separate from a straightforward assault.

there are absolutely no judgments here, no one is advocating that there's a right way and a wrong way to respond to anything. i also wonder if there aren't some age issues here. i was in college 10 years ago, and we've had the issue of date rape (i use the term because it is used) as a part of our lives. during freshman orientation, we had a guest speaker, Katie Koestner:



it was extremely powerful, and looking at the Time article, what strikes me is the title of the story: "No Visible Bruises."

and i think that's what's getting to the heart of what might be some misunderstanding. when you think of, say, someone being "beaten, raped, and murdered," it's a violent, bloody imagine that comes to mind. but when you think about a situation like this -- the far more common situation, the situation that often involves alcohol and drugs -- it just feels like a different sort of crime. and yet, not so different at all. the definition of what is and isn't rape -- forced sexual activity with an unwilling partner -- stays the same whether it's in a dorm room or at gunpoint in a park.



[q]Of course men can be raped but it's not the same for them, they don't live with that fear on a constant/consistent basis. So perhaps it's easier for them to think about it on a different level.[/q]


and maybe that gets to the heart of it all. the only time my guard is up in a physical sense is when i'm walking through an area of DC (or any other city) where my outward appearance indicates that, yes, if you mug me, you'll get cash, an iPod, maybe my laptop.

so perhaps it's this sense of fear, of being guarded, that i only feel in very specific situations, is something that women live with in a way that men -- straight or gay -- really don't have to, and really have a tough time totally relating to. and maybe that touches upon why some, if presented the "would you rather ..." situation, would choose torture over rape, or are insulted by the suggestion.

i've tried to go swimming since my accident, and i've found it thoroughly unpleasant. i simply don't go into swimming pools any more. it's a bummer, since i loved swimming, but i am fully able to avoid that constant sense of dread and unease that i get when i tried to get back in the water. but the sense i'm getting is that the dread stays with you.

but now i'm wondering if i should even post this at all. if the response is going to be the same -- "you don't understand/how could you suggest such a thing -- and that i'll feel like an idiot for trying to explore this.

i just think, as evidenced by the responses in this thread and the gender of those who've responded, that there is something here, and that we'd do better to unpack it the best way we can.
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I'm personally uncomfortable with, almost offended by, the very use of the term "date rape." I do feel it trivializes the violent act that is rape. I know many women who were victims of the so-called "date rape," and what it meant was that they thought they were going on a date with someone they knew and liked, but ended up being sexually assaulted, with no drugs or alcohol involved. "Acquaintance rape" also hints it was perhaps a gray area, maybe the woman brought it on, maybe she flirted with him a few times, when it's really a violent act committed by someone who is not a complete stranger to the woman. I don't like these polite expressions around rape. It's all just RAPE.

A drunken night of he said/she said...well, I'm not saying gray areas don't occur. But the fact that a rape occurred on a date is still a rape, not the somehow less significant, "date rape."
I don't like the term either, which is why I put it in quotes. But what I was describing does happen and it does sometimes lead to rape accusations. This happened with a female friend of mine in college who, under pressure from her roommates to tell them what had happened with her boyfriend yesterday that left her so depressed, burst into tears and managed to get out that he'd "made me have sex with him," at which they talked her into reporting it, which she was very reluctant to do. But by the evening of the same day, she was in tears again and telling them she needed to go back to the police, that she should never have reported it, that that wasn't really what had happened, it was just that the two of them had been arguing a lot the day before and when they went out at night, "I wanted to have sex, but then I didn't" but made a decision to go along with it anyway. She had never, *by her own admission*--at least by that point--in any way indicated to him that she was unwilling, though perfectly capable of having done so at the time.

So, what do you call something like that? I don't see it as a "false accusation", to me that suggests a conscious fabrication. I think she was under a lot of stress and felt used and angry (at herself as well as the boyfriend) that he'd been insensitive enough to think getting a little buzzed and having sex would be an OK way to follow up a day filled with some pretty intense arguments, then when her roommates started well-intentionedly pressuring her it was kind of like a dam bursting and for a brief time she literally believed what they were able to get out of what little she said. Unfortunately she hadn't fully thought through and confronted her own confused feelings about the whole situation yet. This kind of thing happens. Her case was not unique.

But I completely agree that whether or not a rape happens on a "date" has nothing intrinsic to do with how traumatic it is, and I would consider forcing yourself on someone to be by definition violent, whether it causes physical harm or not, whether you know them and have had sex with them before or not. Forcing is forcing.
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