Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's Not "Date Rape" It's Not A Sex Scene It's Rape

Please go over to Huffington Post and take their poll about the backlash against the rape scene in the Seth Rogen movie Observe & Report. Right now the top vote getter is:

It's a JOKE people. Get upset about more important things.
And this reaction is given as a valid opinion at a blog with supposedly liberal readers who care about human rights issues. This has the unfortunate side effect of communicating that it is a liberal value for women to lose their basic human rights the second they go unconscious.

I can almost hear the apologists explaining this popular poll response: "You were raped while unconscious and you were retraumatized by a movie, which as the star explains, made that rape, 'Okay'? My God, what is wrong with you? Don't you get that some women secretly love being raped while they are unconscious?"

Just as conservative Christian rape apologists give Christianity a bad reputation, liberal rape apologists give liberalism a bad name.

The supportive reactions to this rape scene tell us exactly why so many boys and men commit rape and believe they did nothing wrong.

Yeah, if we are liberal, we should get upset about something more important than a movie which supports the lies and rationalizations of thousands of rapists, which allows these rapists and their allies to get away with slandering rape victims and calling them the only real criminals.

To paraphrase the Bush Admin's justification for invading Iraq in 2003, let's all fight rape over there in the Congo and other foreign nations so we don't have to fight rape back here at home.

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At April 11, 2009 2:30 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

Likewise UK's India Knight in her Timesonline article begins with the headline 'Face it girls (in fact it is women not girls) - a drunken romp isn't rape.' So, men raping women who are unconscious due to consuming alcohol is either a 'joke' or a 'romp.' Both are used by rape apologists to deny women their rights of sexual autonomy. Rape is always rape unless and if both parties have given mutually free agreement to engage in any sexual activity.

This film promotes rape and of course many men and boys viewing this film will see it is 'okay' to rape unconscious or drunken women because it is not rape.

Women's rights of ownership of their bodies has always been tenuous but now increasingly it is 'open season' with regards to men committing rape because not only is this condoned and justified but films such as this, promote men's sexual violence against women. But remember it is just a 'joke'! I wonder if the situation were reversed and it was a man being raped whilst he was unconscious due to imbibing alcohol. Would it be seen as a 'joke.' Or if a drunken man agreed to another man taking all his money. Would this be viewed as the drunken man making a rational decision or would society consider the man who took the money committed a crime? I've no doubt it would be seen as a crime but women's bodies are men's public property it seems and as long as a woman casually knows the male rapist it is never rape but just a 'romp' or a 'joke.'

The problem is both liberal and conservative males who claim unconscious women 'consent' to a man/men raping them believe the same thing, namely women's bodies belong to men not to the woman.

This appalling misogynist film will be widely seen by teen boys and adult men, as well as women and girls. The message both females and males will take in is that rape is not rape when a known man is raping the woman. Or should that read 'a known man is sexually masturbating into a woman's comotose body.'

 
At April 11, 2009 11:01 PM, Blogger snobographer said...

Holy crap. That's what passes for a "drunken romp?" I doubt the DeAnza victim from last year saw it that way and, by all accounts, she was in about the same condition as Farris is in that scene.
Voted it down at HuffPo. You can vote as many times as you can refresh your screen.

 
At April 18, 2009 2:24 AM, Anonymous Diana said...

I haven't seen the film, but from what I've heard and read, it sounds pretty misogynistic. I am disgusted and appalled, but no,not suprised that so many people regard the scene as a joke, and that they think we should save our anger for more important things. For what, I ask, or for whom? For the poor widdle man whose life will be destroyed because that drunken floozy who really wanted it decides to press charges.

Violence against women and sexual assault is serious. Jokes about rape are not funny. All those rape-apologists there should wake up or shut up. I feel sickened and scared whenever they open their mouths.

 

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