Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Feminists say women have no responsibility for stopping rape, so why do they insist that innocent men are responsible for stopping it?

The radical feminists are quick to insist that women should bear no responsibility whatsoever to avoid rape. Every rational thinker should agree that women have no moral responsibility when a man rapes her, any more than a convenience store clerk has when he is robbed and beaten.

Let's accept the proposition that the innocent bear no responsibility for stopping the evildoers, that it is the evildoers alone who must bear responsibility. If that is so, why are feminists so quick to insist that innocent men -- you know, the vast majority of males who do not rape -- must be part of the solution to end it?

If we are singling out the innocent, why are men alone singled out to be "part of the solution"?

Sounds like asymmetrical gender blaming to me. Actually, it doesn't just "sound" like it -- it is asymmetrical gender blaming.

And please spare me the inane blather that even innocent men promote a "culture of rape" by sexually objectifying women. That is not rape, and men who don't rape are innocent of rape -- just as women who show their breasts and come on to men fully intending to sexually arouse them are not responsible for rape.

Newsflash: Rapists are responsible for rape. Not innocent women -- even the multitude who purposefully arouse men; and not innocent men, even the multitude who like to be aroused by women.

Yet we have this little cottage industry of speakers who go around the country -- mostly men -- whose financial interest depends on blaming young men in general for a "culture of rape" and insisting that innocent young men (but not innocent young women) somehow have a responsibility to stop the rapists.

Even if their shtick were not so financially crass and disingenuous on its face, their premise is utter and complete nonsense. As we previously reported, Dr. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M, someone who actually knows what he's talking about, debunks these myths. His comments about rape are especially illuminating: ". . . pornography is no more linked to rape than violent games are to violent crimes. Researchers have long known that rape rates have gone down in the U.S. as pornography consumption has increased. Rapists typically consume less pornography and are exposed to it later than non-rapist men."