Sunday, April 09, 2006

David Brooks on the Duke Rape Case

David Brooks:

The main theme shaping the coverage is that inequality leads to exploitation.
This shorthand description makes those of us who talk about the cultural and environmental influences behind rape sound like idiots. Am I deluded?

We as a country do believe in the power of influence. Advertisers don't spend all that money for nothing. With that in mind I will reframe the theme this way:

Inequality turns a blind eye to the exploitation of people who aren't like us.


Those who want to exploit certain groups of people without interference need to make the exploited seem like inferior beings in the eyes of their peers.

Does that make more sense, David?

I love the following statement from Feministe's post in response to David Brooks' column:

Brooks seems to believe that all men are innately violent and have a deep-seated desire to harm women, which can only be quelled by demanding that they pull out our chairs for us.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 4:28 PM   2 comments links to this post


At April 09, 2006 7:32 PM, Blogger Donna said...

That last quote made me want to throw something -- hard.

At April 10, 2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

To me, that last quote points out the absurdity of equating public civility with the absense of rape.

I've known some rowdy men who would NEVER think about committing rape. The key was they didn't see me or any other woman as lower beings with less rights than themselves.

Yet the BTK killer was not only civil, he was a leader in his church.


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