In Vietnam, the U.S Military Command made rape ‘socially acceptable’ in fact, it was unwritten, but clear policy. When GIs were encouraged to rape Vietnamese women and girls (and they were sometimes advised to “search” women “with their penises”) a weapon of mass political terrorism was forged. Since the Vietnamese women were distinguished by their heroic contributions to their people’s liberation struggle, the military retaliation specifically suited for them was rape. While women were hardly immune to the violence inflicted on men, they were especially singled out as victims of terrorism by a sexist military force governed by the principle that was exclusively a man’s affair.
“I saw one case where a woman was shot by a sniper, one of our snipers” a GI said.
“When we got up to her she was asking for water. And the lieutenant said to kill her. So he ripped her clothes, they stabbed her in both breasts, they spread her eagle and shoved an E tool (entrenching) up her vagina. And then they took that out and used a tree limb and she was shot”
In the same way that rape was an institutionalized ingredient of aggression carried out against the Vietnamese people, designed to intimidate and terrorize the women, slave owners encouraged the terroristic use of rape to put Black women in their place. If Black women had achieved a sense of their own strength and a strong urge to resist, the violent sexual assaults —so the slaveholders might have reasoned— would remind the women of their essential and inalterable femaleness. In the male supremacist vision of the period, this meant passivity, acquiescence and weakness. Women, Race & Class (1981)- Angela Davis (via malditafeminista)
Here’s the real reason that rape jokes are troubled territory –
Because the rape victims say so.
They get to say that. They get to feel that way. On this, they can set the cultural rules.
It’s not about right or wrong, or logic versus emotion, or arguments of oversensitivity and hypocrisy — you have the free speech to make whatever jokes you want or talk about rape in whatever way you feel is illuminating. But they get to be upset about it. And call you on it. And be hurt by it.
But consider this:
You get to not be a rape victim.
They, however, are not afforded that luxury. Ever again.
That may be the most important consideration of them all.
Chuck Wendig is my hero (x)
**WARNING: Molestation, Victim Blaming, Rape, Child Abuse**
I was 2 when I was molested. Guess what I was doing? Breathing. When I was 12 a family friend (65 if he was a day), tried to convince me I was ready for sex. Lots of inappropriate comments on my body, attempts to kiss me, touching that was not okay etc. Know what I was doing? Breathing in his car every week when he picked me up from the places my dying grandfather couldn’t drive to anymore. I will cut your fucking heart out if you try to fix your mouth to blame a child for being victimized.
I was 7 when it happened the first time. 11 when I was gang raped. 13 when I was raped again. It was never the same person yet they seemed to all have the same mentality. “Say thank you” “You wanted it” “Tell anyone and they won’t believe you”. Fuck you very much. If I ever needed proof for how shitty humans are …
MRA assholes are a whole ‘nother category of assholery. Valiant men are always the victims of those wanton Jezebels; it justifies all manner of misogyny to them.
This could be any guy, it’s awful and terrifying.
Basically, it seems like most guys IRL think like this and (many of them) just keep it to themselves until they’re on reddit or 4chan or with other dudebros or whatever. This is scary. This is dangerous. These men are out and about, we meet them in public.
This is why I have TWO (count ‘em) male friends: my amazing boyfriend and one of his friends. No matter how many “I’m not sexist!!!” men I meet, they’ve ALL actually been sexist except those two. Even those two can have some minor misconceptions now and then, but they know to shut their mouths and listen when a woman is talking about being a woman, so we’re all good.
The worst is when you have group of straight, cis men since this pretty much emboldens them to act/speak very badly. They usually can’t stand having me around because I throw off the dynamic of their group, which is really fine by me.(via noocyte)
TW: R*pe and sexual assault. Quotes by GOP members about r*pe
Really, don’t read if you are triggered by rape apologism and medical industries lying about how rape works. Ok, so on point radio was talking about Todd Akin’s comments about legitimate rape. And I saw this comment on facebook that was really good. A man named Richard compiled it and it is on the on point radio page comments about Todd Akin if you want the original source. I didn’t compile these. But I NEEED to share them:
“I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.”
- Senator Chuck Winder, R- Idaho, 2012
“Most women either are not fertile during assault or do not become pregnant because the trauma prompts a hormonal response that prevents ovulation.”
- Dr. Richard Dobbins, 20-year GOP contributor, 2006
“Concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”
- Judge James Leon Holmes, Bush appointee
“The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever … to get pregnant, it takes a little cooperation. And there ain’t much cooperation in a rape.”
- Rep. Henry Aldridge, R- North Carolina, 1995
“The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are one in millions and millions and millions […] The traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to secrete a certain secretion that tends to kill sperm.”
- Delaware state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, 1988
so i believe all these men are rapists, this is my stance. even if it’s not yours. but look at the wording. it’s disgusting.
(**tw) I’m so tired of hearing people say that rapists have a right to anonymity.
“But it will ruin their future and their reputation!”
MAYBE THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE FUCKING RAPED SOMEONE THEN.