On Rape Culture (Redux)

Some time ago, I visited this particular topic, and how I felt that rather than “rape culture”, America more has a problem with “fear culture”, rather than normalizing rape and violence against women, we simply don’t want to face it and address it, indirectly allowing it to happen rather than actively supporting it.

While I don’t want to say I was “wrong” (because I do think that a large part of the problem is simply normal people not wanting to face how real and prevalent the problem is), I clearly under valued that there certainly is a very powerful element of our society that actively seeks to diminish women and what they face.

Enter Brock Turner.

I don’t want to get into a blow by blow of the events (mostly because I don’t want to have to hold myself back from punching a wall), but the general synopsis is, potential collegiate swimming athlete rapes an unconscious woman outside a party, is stopped in the process by two others, and despite the witness testimony and evidence… his sentence is a whopping six months of jail time.

In the fallout, we have seen the head of what feminist thought calls “rape culture” rear its head and bear it’s fangs.

Starting with the judge who administered the slap on the wrist declaring in sentencing that, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him…I think he will not be a danger to others.”  Or the father who declared that he shouldn’t lose twenty years of his life over twenty minutes of bad behavior.  Or the friend who blamed “political correctness” for the outrage following the trial and sentencing.

But this is all stuff we have heard before, many times, isn’t it?  This idea that rape is a temporary thing, and that if there are any lasting effects, it’s the failing of the victim.  That this should be a “teaching moment”, not a crime that deserves severe punishment.

But this is the first time that I can remember the victim in question actually taking the advice of MRA twats, having the courage to face her assailant, describe what happened to her, the humiliating process she underwent just to get to this point… and then still be ignored by the justice system in lieu of not ruining a promising young man’s life.

Damn it.  Where’s that fucking wall?

Bah, I’d have to get in line anyway.  Half the country is stuck slamming their heads against it.

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