Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The news media discovers the crime of rape

Amanda at Pandagon echoes my thoughts completely in her post about how CNN finally wakes up to the horror that is rape when men are the victims. "Then the story," she says, "gets on CNN and the audience learns all sorts of alarming things about rape, such as how traumatizing and humiliating it can be."

The post covers all of the other relevant issues: that straight men are afraid to report rape because there is something so "gay" about it; that gay men, like women, are afraid to report rape because they will be blamed for it, and that we don't talk about the rape of men in prisons because "they somehow deserve it even more than women or gay men."

Of course, we are talking about CNN, the poorest excuse for a "news" organization imaginable.

6 Comments:

You are so right. As great as it is to see rape taken seriously by the MSM, this coverage will ramp up the homophobia of so many people.

By Blogger Ann Bartow, at 8:43 AM  

I said it once and I'll say it a million times - this is perfect proof of the double standard.

Male rape victims are immediaetly believed. And immediately sympathized with.

There's not one word in these stories about what the men should or shouldn't have done. No discussion about their sexual history, what they wore, how much they drank.

Meanwhile, the duke rapists, the man in britian who raped his now deceased daughter for years and the doctor who raped two women in one night - get away scot free.

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