3 thoughts on “They have a point…

  1. I don’t think they’re “obsessed” so much as strategically deploying that term because of its psychological power to evoke certain feelings.

    This video has been around for a while, and others have picked it apart. Clearly those pundits are using the term metaphorically, but this has multiple real effects. For example, it trivializes actual rape by implying that it’s essentially the same as having to pay your taxes, or learn certain information in school, or lose at a fair competition. It also brings gender into the notion of violation and paints all victims, as “feminine” with connotations of innocence and of being in need of protection, OR of being so emasculated that you need to “man up” and fight democratic policies more aggressively. On the other hand, it’s an interesting tactical choice when you consider how non-seriously our culture treats actual rape: victims are often blamed and shamed, and perpetrators are seldom convicted and often glorified. But obviously these pundits are deploying term to make us think of a gross injustice.

    Certainly a lot of cultural baggage to unpack here.

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