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Archive for June, 2010

The Distortion that is Rape Culture

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 30 June 2010

This joke is an example of rape culture.

In my last post, I said I was going to get around to talking about rape culture, and indeed, this isn’t the first time it was brought up.  Rape culture is no simple matter; it’s complicated to the point where I cannot easily discuss it without devoting an entire post to it.  Thus it is time that I addressed it.

Finally Feminism 101 has a post regarding rape culture.  The definition they provide, which comes from the book Transformation a Rape Culture, is as follows:

“A rape culture is a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm.

In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable as death or taxes. This violence, however, is neither biologically nor divinely ordained. Much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.” Read the rest of this entry »


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My Take on the Feministe Post “Jesus was such a cockblocker”

Posted by Curt on Monday, 28 June 2010

Last Saturday, guest blogger Erica wrote on Feministe about the experience of a woman she knows who dated a devout Catholic guy named Scott, who believed that sex outside marriage is a sin.  The narrator of that piece did not believe so and desired sex with Scott; so much so to the point that she was nagging and pressuring Scott to have sex with her.  Scott eventually gave in and they did wind up having sex, but with certain conditions that annoyed the narrator.  The sex ultimately turned out to be very short and disappointing to the narrator, to the point that she ridiculed him and, after breaking up, his newfound wife and (rather large) family.  The ultimate point of this piece was to demonstrate that religion, specifically Christianity, poses unnecessary restraints for sexual freedom.

While that ultimate point may have been well taken, the post generated a fair bit of controversy.  Many Feministe commenters claimed that the narrator of that piece essentially raped Scott through coercing him to have sex with her and questioned her sexual ethics (or lack of), which you can safely assume they would say the same thing if the genders were reversed.  Erica wrote another post responding to the argument that arose in the comments where she defended the narrator’s character, claiming that yes while the narrator’s sexual ethics were not the best, she was young and inexperienced, ultimately emphasizing that the most important thing was for her to come out and be open and honest about her experiences.  It was basically a call to hate the sin but love the sinner, which some commenters found inexcusable. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the Difference between “Regular” Feminists and “Radical” Feminists?

Posted by Curt on Friday, 25 June 2010

Coined by Rush Limbaugh, one of the most popular terms for "radical" feminists.

Few things bug me in a conversation about feminism more than the distinction people make between “regular” feminists and “radical” feminists.  There are various other synonyms for those terms I’ve seen used – perhaps the most popular being the terms Christina Hoff Sommers employed in her book Who Stole Feminism?, where she describes those “regular” feminists (the ones who advocate gender equality first and foremost) as “equity feminists” while deriding leftwing “radical” feminists as “gender feminists”.  Anti-feminists utilize these terms a lot and it is annoying for the simple fact that they are so subjective that they are essentially a useless distinction.

After all, consider it: Very few people will describe themselves as a radical.  Or if they do, they generally put a more positive, rebellious spin to it which may or may not correlate with others who are lumped in as radicals.  In any case, they will view their stance as correct and thus the difference between a “regular” and “radical” feminist in their eyes would be totally different from that of an anti-feminist or even what I’d consider a “casual” feminist (a person who would describe him or herself as feminist or are at least sympathetic to its goals, but not very active in it and may not have a very deep understanding of the nuances of it – I believe this group composes the majority of all feminists).  Because of this difference, who is a “regular” and “radical” feminist totally depends on who you’re talking to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curt is Sleepy

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Sorry, but I’m just exhausted.  Work’s been taking a lot out of me, I’ve been having trouble sleeping at night, and I feel a bit drained, so it’s probably better I sit this one out.  I’ll make it up though!  But for now, I’m going to take a much needed nap.

Update: I had a wonderful nap and went to bed at 8 pm that night for a long 10 hour sleep.  I was totally rejuvenated. :)

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The Rapist Checklist

Posted by Curt on Monday, 21 June 2010

You may have heard of it.  Some time ago, someone apparently sat down and compiled a checklist of things which they considered makes one a rapist.  It is often associated with feminists, but I think it’s more of a strawman than anything.  If you google it, its entry in Encyclopedia Dramatica is among the first to come up, which does call its validity into question (UPDATE: Daran from pointed out that the list originated from a feminist with the pseudonym Biting Beaver).  It may have been something a person legitimately believed (indeed, some out there do believe that each point, or almost all points, on the checklist is more or less rape) but perceived as so ridiculous by others that it got its own entry in there.  It’s hard to say.  The point is, realize that this is not something all feminists (or even most feminists) may necessarily agree with, and I don’t want to leave anybody with the implication that it is. Read the rest of this entry »

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