"So when Reynolds notes sadly of the Hugo Awards that "in recent years critics have accused the award process -- and much of science fiction fandom itself -- of becoming politicized," his claim that it was never political before is fundamentally inaccurate. Rather, science fiction fandom, which has always been political, is now visibly so, not only because groups previously prevented from speaking out, whether legally or through social coercion, are now increasingly free to do so, but because the fan conversation is no longer restricted by factors like physical distance or the preferences of gatekeepers. Just as the Internet allows Reynolds to post his criticism of modern SFF online, so it allows me to post this criticism of him: in that, we are perfectly equal."
Now go read the article...
A place without rape culture would have seen the bystanders stop the boys, police eager to look into the case, and the media on the victims side. In this case their was so much picture & video floating around of the event there was no reason to doubt she was violated multiple times.
So yeah rape culture no one does anything to help the girl, everyone is against harming the poor rapist boys.
Non-rapist culture people step in & rapist are prosecuted as criminals not "poor misguided boys"
Why is that hard to understand?
You might read Harriet's comment here to get a better understanding of the kinds of rapist I and many of my friends have dealt with: http://fugitivus.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/five-pounds-of-horseshit/#comment-3752
So what would you account for so many women NOT reporting? Could it be that our experience is one of not being believed, of lack of support when we do report, feeling violated by the system, the fact that only 3% of rapist getting convicted probably because the cops don't properly investigate & many judges are prejudiced against the victims, and that when we do talk about our experiences we don't get believed or get told we don't really know what happened to us?
I still remember in great detail my 1st rape & the reasons I didn't report. And yes I said no and even pointed out he was raping me. Did I try to physically fight off a guy a foot taller than me? No, I preferred to live through the experience & had no idea if I fought him if he'd kill me. If Vulcan mind meld technology were available I'd love to share every second of that experience with you. I'd also love to share the time I was drugged and raped with you if the technology were available so you could know what it's like to wake up with someone penetrating you. I'd like to share what it's like to go through the rest of your life knowing you can't trust more than a handful of men to get you an open drink because if you can be drugged at 30 at a required company party you realize you really aren't safe accepting drinks from anyone.
In the future when you have these conversations with survivors I recommend keeping in mind they are PEOPLE and they know what they've experienced way better than you can no matter how much you read technical articles on the topic.
I'm not crazy nor do I have a mental illness due to sexual abuse and multiple rapes. I've been in therapy. My therapist would be appalled. Yes I had PTSD for a time but that does NOT mean my memories and feelings are not really what happened.
No more so than your ability to remember the last time you had sex with your wife. My memories may be better than yours as I have more reason to remember the incidents while sex with your wife is probably frequent and follows normal patterns.
Have a nice day.
Of course the people who have been raped are people. I want to cry when I hear stories like yours. But, I'm sorry, what you have experienced does not validate rape culture theory. Based on everything I've read RAINN and Lisak are right. Predators hide because they know the culture does not condone rape, just as murderers and thieves do. There are far more thefts than rapes. Does that mean we have a theft culture?
If you don't want to discuss this, I completely understand.
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