Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every two minutes . . .

. . . and this is that woman.

Featured in this offensive PSA, which passes off a criminal deviant as a typical guy: http://youtu.be/cHIFPffIl4k

A lame joke mocking the absurd statistic-mongers who claim one-in-you-fill-in-the-blank women are raped, or that a rape occurs once-every-you-fill-in-the-blank. The PSA is offensive because it is typical of PSA's about rape. In this one, two males are depicted. One is a pig, the other is an unhelpful bystander.  While any male above a certain age can be a rapist, the suggestion that this scenario is typical is absurd.

The persons who control the public discourse on rape would have us believe there is no typical rapist but that all of masculinity is infected by "rape culture," and that our college campuses -- relatively safe venues by any measure -- are hotbeds of male sexual predatory misconduct, even though they aren't.

The fact is, rape offenders are disproportionately found among the lower socioeconomic classes, persons mired in a cistern of hopelessness and dependency. They are typically under-educated, under-employed, and under-skilled.

This, of course, doesn't fit the preferred narrative of radicals like Jessica Valenti. who once posited: "Rape is part of our culture; it's normalized to the point where men who are otherwise decent guys will rape and not even think that it's wrong. And that's what terrifies me."

"Normalized." That's the word she used.

These people are pathological.