[DEBATE] : Rape
JEANME5 at aol.com
JEANME5 at aol.com
Wed May 10 15:13:27 BST 2006
People who have studied the phenomenon, and know something about it, usually
insist that rape isn't about sex, but about power. It seems that rapists are
driven, not by an irresistible need for sex, but by a need to assert
themselves bysubjugatiing someone else. The rapist uses another person for his own
purposes, and against that person' will; and may get added satisfaction from
inflicting humiliation on that person.
This helps to make sense of South African rape statistics, for, in spite of
being subject to the macho culture of the country, South African men are not
inherently evil people, impelled by their own unbridled lust. No sensible
person would suggest that. In South Africa there are a great many men who have
felt disempowered politidcally and economically, or who have acquired some
power, and seek to acquire more, or who have power, but feel it threatened
It also makes some sense of the rage with which some men on this list have
defended Zuma when he was a rape suspect, and attacked the victim - I must
call her a victim, though the court found she was not raped, because she has
suffered so many vicious verbal attacks.
So emotional have some of these men become, that they have sometimes lost
all sense of reason. For example, one or two suggested that it should be
necessary to prove the alleged rape; that is, that sex had not been consensual.
This is obviously unworkable; if no one else was present at the time (and more
often than not no one is)rape would become the only crime where a conviction
cannot be secured unless the acccused testifies against himslf.
Someone also found it necessary to point out that the victim had 'cried
rape' before. The rape statistics being what they are, it's possible she'd had
cause. And has anyone mentioned Jacob Zuma's sexual history?
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