‘Rape culture is a dangerous myth’


spiked’s Luke Gittos sat down with the guys from Triggernometry to discuss rape culture, consent and the dangers of believing the victim.

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Philip St. John Lewis Davies

27th April 2020 at 5:04 pm

I see that my recent contribution to this interesting discussion is awaiting moderation. ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’ has always struck me as an odd way of dealing with polite comments submitted by invitation. Indeed, it is all-too-often the shifty face presented by an unaccountable editorial algorithm driven by a random, baffling and inappellable process; in my experience, the phrase merely gives a conventional nod towards any serious consideration of one’s thoughts, but is actually designed to give notice of their trajectory towards the waste bin of the electronic office. It is peculiarly annoying to be summarily dismissed under the pretence of being given due thought and attention. But I suppose it is just possible that the free-thinkers behind ‘Spiked’ are above such base dissimulation.

Philip St. John Lewis Davies

27th April 2020 at 4:38 pm

The whole trouble with this issue is that radical feminism (which let me say now is a million ideological miles away from decent, sensible, admirable feminism) and the way it uses the weaselly old Marxist trick of weaponising words. ‘Rape’ used to be the normal and the legal term for a truly horrible, violent sex crime during the commission of which an innocent and unwilling person was intimidated, assaulted and even put in fear for their life, if not all too often actually murdered. But since the ideological hysteria of ‘Me Too’ was whipped up apparently now all men are to be defined as rapists, who should be carefully policed and put under severe restrictions, draconian measures that, if carried through to the full extent that these extremists want, would put an end to all relations between the sexes unless the man was sexless or an homosexual. This weaponised usage of ‘rape’ clearly degrades the meaning of the term, and is rapidly making even casual, friendly, relaxed, unthreatening physical contact and gestures, as well as any attempt at flirtation, or indeed any amorous approach whatever towards a woman, an impossible minefield where hyper-suspicious females patrol, intent on finding occasions to take offence, cry ‘Rape!’ and involve our politicised thought-police and the whole panoply of the Law in show-trials intended to brand men unjustly and without any real provocation, as ‘sex criminals,’ with consequent highly negative consequences for the man’s employment, career and even mental health. Why our legislators and our police are so intent on enforcing this sort of warped revolutionary militancy, as espoused by a vociferous minority of agitators, who are lobbying outside of democratic norms as a pressure-group, is an important question. The best answer, I believe, has been the sheer funk and cynical indolence of the political class. The result is that many men are being stigmatised and even criminalised, whose offence is at worst the sort of rude and clumsy approach that any grown-up woman was, once upon a time, always capable of brushing off without needing to call on the full panoply of the Law. Odd how modern feminism wants women once more to be treated like fragile blooms to be put on a pedestal. untouchable and childlike! Why don’t such women grow up?

Danny Rees

27th April 2020 at 12:46 am

Rape culture is the feminist belief that rape is accepted, tolerated and even excused in Western societies. This of course is a myth and a myth sadly much of the mainstream media has bought into.

Rape is not accepted, tolerated or excused in Western societies. It is quite rightly condemned and regarded as the evil that it is.

Chris Hanley

26th April 2020 at 10:23 pm

“… the dangers of believing the victim …”.

Oh alleged victim please, it’s not a pedantic point nor ‘mere’ semantics.

Danny Rees

27th April 2020 at 12:47 am

Would feminists believe the “victim” if the “victim” was accusing their son, brother or father?

Gordon el Gopher

28th April 2020 at 1:44 pm

The wouldn’t believe a male victim. In fact they’d defend the female perpetrator. See Asia Argento and metoo hypocrites defending her after Jimmy Bennett allegations.

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