Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hypocrisy Regarding Belief Or Denial of Rape

With this latest story out of Iraq about the alleged rape and murder of an Iraqi and her family, I noticed something that spoke volumes about how some Americans view rape allegations.

Compare Red Hot Cuppa Politics: Mullahs Celebrate Emancipation of Iranian Women With "NeckTie ...

Emancipation Day for Women in Iran was Jan. 7th ... so, how did the mullahs celebrate? They sentenced a young woman to death for defending hers
To Red Hot Cuppa Politics: Cries of Rape, Or Pleas For A Pulitzer ... ?

Let's piece this together so far. Supposedly, one guy's confessed -- or is he the guy who wasn't there, but felt moved to confess crimes committed by somebody else ... during a therapy session ..? The bloodstains are a grusome touch, but bloodstains can come from anywhere, and did anyone else see them ... ? Also, what if the guy spilled ketchup on himself in the mess hall ... ?
This blogger had no problem instantly believing the allegation made by a woman sentenced to death that she killed a man in self defense, but with a more detailed story, this same blogger can't believe men would treat a woman brutally. At least not based on a single story.

What's the difference? To me the main difference is the identity of the alleged rapists. American soldiers. It's almost a given for this blogger that Iranian men would commit rape and then Iran would put a rape victim to death. It's that type of country.

However, this isn't a phenomenon that is unique to one person or even one culture. This story coming out Iraq confirms what many in other countries believe about Americans. Yet if some man they easily related to were accused of rape, they'd likely call the woman a liar or say she created the situation through her immoral behavior.

It's the monster myth in action.

To demonstrate, imagine that instead of having a Duke rape case, we had a Duke murder case.

Would all of those Americans who object to putting an Iranian rape victim to death be quick to defend a stripper who fatally stabbed a customer while he and his friends were gang raping her? Or would a sizeable number of them be screaming for her to be given the death penalty while they attempted to refute the evidence that supports her claim that she was raped?

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:55 AM   4 comments links to this post

4 Comments:

At July 04, 2006 4:15 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Marcella, as always well said!
"Would all of those Americans who object to putting an Iranian rape victim to death be quick to defend a stripper who fatally stabbed a customer while he and his friends were gang raping her? Or would a sizeable number of them be screaming for her to be given the death penalty while they attempted to refute the evidence that supports her claim that she was raped?"

 
At July 04, 2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Faraz said...

It frightens me how quickly so many Americans will conveniently ignore reality to appease their guilty consciences.

The example you cited is all too representative of a population that fails to understand that world conflicts are not black and white. Too many people are willing to blame foreign propaganda machines for whatever they disagree with, eagerly swallowing whatever propaganda is fed to themselves.

 
At July 04, 2006 11:57 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Well I am Canadian, I do not need to be fed propaganda, I was raped by a Muslin, when in our prison system in Canada, he found God!!
I think he is confused about his religion, rape, totally ignorate to the rights of women in Canada. I am very capable woman who does know the difference. It surprises me that offenders find God, when convicted for crimes including rape in prison.
Maybe the criminal justice system needs to weed out the lies of convicted serial rapists !

 
At July 05, 2006 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's much easie to see the monster in someone who is noted to have psychological problems than it is to see the monster in someone who appears, for all intents and purposes, to be a facsimile of your brother or your son.

 

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