Rape and the “Pedestal Complex”

Rape- it’s an unfortunate tie between many women in the feminist subculture. But this does not include all of us.

Yes, I am personally a victim of sexual assault, “attempted rape,” sexual violence- whatever you want to call it. But no, the man who attacked me did not actually rape me.

So, should this make me feel any less significant a case?

The answer is no. But what’s messed up is that it does. Women like me do feel less significant. And it’s bullshit.

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Rape Culture and Other Feminist Myths” was recently written by a feminist blogger known as “Quiet Riot Girl.” She discusses Rape Culture and the strange idea that it is seen as “better” than the other violent crimes committed against women, giving it a sort of “pedestal complex.”

Melissa McEwan defines this as “myriad ways in which rape is tacitly and overtly abetted and encouraged having saturated every corner of our culture so thoroughly that people can’t easily wrap their heads around what the rape culture actually is.”

The book, Transforming a Rape Culture, defines it as this:

“Complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent.

Quiet Riot Girl addresses other serious issues in our society in this article, such as domestic violence and homophobia. She also asks the question “have you ever heard a feminist say ‘we live in the murder of young black men culture?'”

Most likely you haven’t.

It’s a strange thing to think about. So many horrific crimes are committed every single day, and yet we’ve chosen to feel as if being a victim of one particular crime makes someone more special than the rest.

Why should certain feminists feel this lack of recognition for maybe actually being a bit more fortunate than some of her peers? Why is it that, if we’ve all experienced something, we feel the need to exclude individuals who have also been hurt?

Because they weren’t hurt as badly?


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