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Posts Tagged ‘violence against women’

Mel Gibson’s Whole Outburst

Posted by Curt on Friday, 16 July 2010

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s been some controversy going around over Mel Gibson’s outburst to his ex-girlfriend over the phone, which she recorded and made its way to the media for all to see.  In it, he apparently made threats against her, racist remarks, and the whole works.  And as you can imagine, there’s some backlash over the whole thing so, at the suggestion of a friend, let me give my take over the whole thing.

I know this is old news, but I feel it fits in well from my last post.  I typically understand what others are saying by browsing other blogs real quick and checking out what’s being said from the few people I have on my Twitter.  I do this real quick, so when I see something I don’t really disagree with, I pass it over.  This is one of the cases.  I really don’t disagree with what a lot of feminists are saying about Mel Gibson.  I don’t really understand how anyone could – what Mel Gibson was saying was fucked up. Read the rest of this entry »


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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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