Friday, March 22, 2013

Steubenville rape case

I don't know too much about the Steubenville rape case, but I will say the following.

(1) What the athletes did to the girl is reprehensible.
(2) Blaming the victim is unjust.

That aside, the main idea I want to convey is one that isn't thrown around all that much, which makes it all the more important (this basic idea -- namely, that the most important ideas are the ones that are swept under the rug -- is a central motivation for my tendency towards activism).  If people said "person A should never rape person B" and stopped there, then there would be no need for this blog post.  Unfortunately, there are those in our society who are interested in making the objective subjective, and within their ranks is a faction that would gladly take the above quote and replace "person A" and "person B"  with "men" and "women", respectively.  Who are they?  You guessed it -- feminists.

Feminists have no shame.  Just the title of this article alone is ignorant because it assumes the victim and perpetrator are female and male, respectively.  Which is a very ignorant assumption, as it ignores same-sex rape and female-on-male rape.

Long story short, there is a perspective on scenarios like Steubenville that is marginalized -- let me say that we need much more exposure of it in our societal discussion of rape.  Here is an article that exemplifies this perspective, an article I can't recommend enough.