In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.”
Rape jokes are unacceptable and should not be tolerated under any circumstances.
A House bill banning abortions after 20 weeks also included provisions that would require women to report rape and incest to police to qualify for exemptions.
The House debated and passed a bill on Tuesday that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks across the country. The bill, passed by a nearly party-line vote of 228 to 196, replicates laws passed in a dozen states in the past three years limiting the time period during which women can obtain a legal abortion.
HR 1797, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, and President Barack Obama has already threatened to veto it. But it does contain a provision that redefines rape exemptions, significantly limiting the number of women who would qualify. In order to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks under this law, a woman who was raped must be able to prove that she reported the rape to authorities—a requirement not present in other rape exceptions to federal abortion laws.
Republicans added this provision to the bill, which originally included no exceptions for rape or incest, after the House Judiciary committee approved it last week. But the alternative language Republicans inserted creates its own problems. It is more restrictive than the Hyde Amendment, the law barring federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. Hyde specifically exempts cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake—with no requirement that women have documentation from police that they reported the crime.
To all those who don’t think the rape joke was a problem, or rape jokes are a problem.
I get it, you’re a decent guy. I can even believe it. You’ve never raped anybody. You would NEVER rape anybody. You’re upset that all these feminists are trying to accuse you of doing something or connect you to doing something that, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve never done and would never condone.
And they’ve told you about triggers, and PTSD, and how one in six women is a survivor, and you get it. You do. But you can’t let every time someone gets all upset get in the way of you having a good time, right?
So fine. If all those arguments aren’t going anything for you, let me tell you this. And I tell you this because I genuinely believe you mean it when you say you don’t want to hurt anybody, and you don’t see the harm, and that it’s important to you to do your best to be a decent and good person. And I genuinely believe you when you say you would never associate with a rapist and you think rape really is a very bad thing.
Because this is why I refuse to take rape jokes sitting down-
6% of college age men, slightly over 1 in 20, will admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act.
6% of Penny Arcade’s target demographic will admit to actually being rapists when asked.
A lot of people accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That’s not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists?
They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes out again and again.
Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.
If one in twenty guys is a real and true rapist, and you have any amount of social activity with other guys like yourself, really cool guy, then it is almost a statistical certainty that one time hanging out with friends and their friends, playing Halo with a bunch of guys online, in a WoW guild, or elsewhere, you were talking to a rapist. Not your fault. You can’t tell a rapist apart any better than anyone else can. It’s not like they announce themselves.
But, here’s the thing. It’s very likely that in some of these interactions with these guys, at some point or another someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that they didn’t mean it, and it was just a joke. And so you laughed.
And, decent guy who would never condone rape, who would step in and stop rape if he saw it, who understands that rape is awful and wrong and bad, when you laughed?
That rapist who was in the group with you, that rapist thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. And he felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades.
You. The rapist’s comrade.
And if that doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, if that doesn’t make you want to throw up, if that doesn’t disturb you or bother you or make you feel like maybe you should at least consider not participating in that kind of humor anymore…
Well, maybe you aren’t as opposed to rapists as you claim.
Time-Machine (via a comment at shakesville.com)
Single greatest argument about this I have ever heard.
and this is how you explain why joking about rape is horrible, with none of those shit metaphors comparing women to watches or houses or cars or sandcastles or whathaveyou
If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s a summary:
Rape jokes are bad no matter what. We really shouldn’t have to explain why they’re bad, but we will anyway. They make rapists think everyone approves of what they do, which encourages them to do it again.
I always reblog this. Always.
TW: if you believe rape jokes are the sole cause of rape you’re a fucking moronic little twit. Just ignore that part of the screen that talks about “football stars”, this rape happened because of rape jokes, sports/athlete glorification had no part in any of it.
Five times the media took sides in the Steubenville rape case and painted the assailants in a positive light.
You’re still obsessing about this? Is it because you can’t stand that someone had a disagreement with you over the root of these issues?
Yeah, people in this town defended these boys because of sports worship.
Witnesses who were present said that they didn’t even realize what was going on was rape.
Making light of rape is a definite contribution to a culture that takes rape lightly/doesn’t understand the psychological ramifications of rape.
Furthermore, your continual assertion that anyone who thinks this happens solely because of rape jokes is a ‘fucking moronic little twit’ is quite frankly pissing me off because I have a feeling I know who you are referring to and, number one, they never said that rape jokes were the SOLE cause of rape, and number two, you seem to have quite a severe diaper rash over the fact that they don’t agree with your narrative as here you are still making shitty ass statements about it days later.
Do me a favor, if you are following me, please un-follow.
Actually, I’ll do you one better and go ahead and put you on my ignore list, as I have little patience for this kind of bullshit today.
good job azvern, keep trivializing this as an obsession with sports and ignoring rape culture and the things that influence it (yes, rape jokes do, way to passively aggressively disagree though broski). you’re a fucking ignorant ass dick, bro. these things happen all. the. time. and yeah, this might have more coverage because of the rapists’ sports involvement, but these cases play out like this all the fucking time. shut your ignorant fucking trap and listen, for once in your life, to women and rape victims who explain to you why a) what you’re doing (derailing this) is grossly offensive and b) how rape jokes encourage a society to be complacent with the crime of rape and to treat victims as the butt of jokes, to be believed on a rare occasion, to not consider what happened here to be rape. You really like ACTING intelligent, maybe you should try thinking about how rape jokes contribute to rape culture, the culture that inevitably believes what happened to the victim here is hilarious enough to joke about.
tldr; shut the fuck up you fucking tool. no one cares about your personal war to defend rape jokes and instead of blaming the rapists, your blame of ‘sports obsession’. get out.
They have done studies. They ask rapists if they think others rape. The overwhelming answer is that rapists think everyone rapes.
Therefore rape jokes tell rapists or those likely to rape that rape is fine. It is funny. It is okay. And that is why we must stop rape jokes. It both trivializes a violent crime and tells the perpetrator their crime is not a crime.
In short… rape jokes are not funny. There is no defense of them.