Monday, November 21, 2005

Poll shows people in Britain still believe rape victims "ask for it"

A poll commissioned by Amnesty International reveals that British attitudes toward women who are raped have not changed over several decades. One third of those responding to the poll believe that a woman is "partly or completely responsible" if she is raped after she has been flirtatious or if she is drunk. More than one quarter believe that she is partially responsible if she is wearing sexy or revealing clothing.

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10 Comments:

Well, if we are to believe their reasoning, then it must follow that American soldiers who die in Iraq deserve it because they wear provocative clothing and bystanders who are killed at circuses when the elephant goes beserk deserved to die because they watched while someone poked the beast with a stick. I mean, they were there, right?

NO ONE asks to be raped!!! PERIOD!!! By definition, if they do ask, it isn't rape, it's consensual sex. Who with a brain bigger than a fruit bat's could possibly believe such a thing? Of all mankind's resources, stupidity still seems to reign supreme in abundance.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

Misogyny reigns in even more abundance.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:50 PM  

Aren't the two words closely related enough to be considered synonymous? They vary only by degree as to their propensity for evil, and I suppose that someone could, conceivably, be considered stupid and not mysogynistic, but the converse would absolutely be true. It has been my experience that some women consider every man mysogynistic to some degree, but, hopefully there are some of us capable of rationally dealing with women without consciously attempting to inflict our mysogynistic behavior upon them.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:17 PM  

You have a good point, as usual. And misogyny certainly isn't limited to men; there is plenty of internalized misogyny among women, just as there is an abundance of internalized racism and homophobia.

The concept of male privilege does extend to rape in many cultures, including this one. It would be very hard to find a woman who has not been either raped or sexually assaulted at one time or another.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:03 PM  

This has played a lot on the news here, as you can imagine. They interviewed a defense QC who defends rape cases, and he said in order to use a victim's past sexual history as evidence it would require a judge's permission, and they rarely if ever permit that. Also he'd never get by with using a victim's behaviour in favor of his client except in extremely limited circumstances. That was good to know, that at lease legally these attitudes aren't permitted in the courtroom.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:45 AM  

They say that here, too, but they find ways to use these things, anyway. It wasn't like that after the Second Wave protest, but things have a way of slipping back the way they used to be.

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