Saturday, February 17, 2007

Detached Analysis of Rape And Satire

In the reactions to the backlash against the Rape Only Hurts If You Fight It satire, I've come across people who position themselves as superior to all those who got upset at this satire.

These people glorify emotional deadness by saying things like:

So I’m not insulting anyone. I’m also not defending people. I’m trying to bring a little bit of detached analysis of the situation,
The irony is that emotional detachment is an important element in facilitating rape. The rapist needs to be emotionally detached from his own actions and from the consequences of his actions and from his victim for him to be able to tell himself that he isn't in fact a rapist.

Detachment allows the rapist to be disdainful of his rape victim's trauma and of all rape survivors' anger. He was there and it wasn't anything worth getting emotional about. If he mentally trades places with his victim, he likely sees an emotional mirror image of himself.

Again, no big deal.

When you are an emotional flatliner, hearing people share the pain caused by satire like this will be like hearing people talk in a foreign language. You don't get it and because you don't get it, all you want is for those people to shut up or start speaking your language.

Emotional flatliners will often look for external measurements to support their detachment. Rape on college campuses is nothing compared to rape committed in conjunction with genocide. In extreme cases even the thought of mass rape and genocide fail to put a spike in the emotional flat line, but an official position can be a sufficient substitute for emotion.

These emotional flatliners don't understand that emotional detachment isn't a good thing when it comes to evaluating anything related to rape. They are emotionally tone deaf.

Sometimes an emotional flatliner can pass for someone who has empathy for everyone because they aren't quick to anger. This can lead to a seemingly empathetic person asking the rapist and rape victim to equally share responsibility for rape.

Then there are those who say things like this ( in a comment on a post about rape satire no less):
Your body doesn’t belong to you after conception, any more than a soldier’s body belongs to him after enlisting, or a murderer’s after conviction. Your rights and privileges can be morally forfeited through your decisions. Any person too childish to accept this doesn’t deserve to participate in the political life of our republic.
Talk about emotionally detached. This view that a woman's body can possibly stop belonging to her is one that rapists and sexual exploiters hold dear. Once something is your property you can do whatever you want to it -- including destroy it.

From the analogies included, I assume that a wife's body belongs to her husband after marriage.
Scary.

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At February 18, 2007 8:40 PM, Blogger stormy said...

"When you are an emotional flatliner, hearing people share the pain caused by satire like this will be like hearing people talk in a foreign language. You don't get it..."

Brilliant. Emotional flatliner is a perfect way to describe both the rapists and their apologists.

The apologists who come in with the "I'm just trying to be reasonable/middle ground/blah blah.." annoy the heck of me.

I reckon the next bit of PR bullshit to come out of Camp Penis will be that "rapists are really the ones traumatised by rape". My solution; a rusty pair of tinsnips so that the poor little mites don't get traumatised again.

 
At March 05, 2007 3:12 PM, Anonymous feminazi said...

I reckon the next bit of PR bullshit to come out of Camp Penis will be that "rapists are really the ones traumatised by rape"

This wouldn't surprize me in the least.

Also, don't autistics have trouble with empathy? Wonder if that would increase someone's chances of being a rapist?

 

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