Feminists talk about the fact that there is a “rape culture” in the United States. They claim that men in the United States are raping women far too frequently. They claim that the underlying cultural structure of our society contributes to the propensity of males to rape women. They claim that men get away with it and that women are often too ashamed to report it.
I can honestly say that I absolutely agree with them. I believe all of these things as well.
As a lowly undergrad, I studied the works of Peggy Reeves Sanday and her theory of the “rape prone” society. On general principles, I agreed with much of what she wrote, though I think her focus was off, just a bit. And I won’t go into her statistical and analytical problems. Who cares? Anyway, Sanday’s central theme is that men feel less compunction about raping women than they should because women are undervalued by men and men have too much power (and women too little) in some societies. It’s an issue of gender relations.
Here is where my view starts to diverge from that of the feminists.
Toiletnation is a rape-prone society for some less politically-correct reasons.
1. People are generally taught to overvalue themselves–“I am special”; “No one else is like you”; “You are perfect just the way you are”; “You don’t have to DO anything to be special, you ARE special.”
2. People are generally taught to undervalue other people–“What other people think doesn’t matter”; “You have to follow your heart, not what other people expect of you!”; “Dance like no one is watching”; “My parents expected me to study medicine, but I became a shit-sculptor instead. This is my life and I need to seek fulfillment”;”I don’t need to you worry for me, this is my life. Leave me alone.”
3. People are generally oversexed in a culture stuffed with crude, boring, disgusting hypersexuality–“Buy our shampoo. Here are some breasts”;
“Buy my records. This is my thong”;
“Welcome to your inbox. Have some porn?”;
“We are six minutes into a prime-time television show. Time for some sexual humor and a scene where two near-strangers go to bed together.”
4. People act and dress like trash–Go to church on Sunday. It’s cleavage time!
Open house at your kids’ school. More cleavage time!
Dude! Let’s watch this porno I just downloaded.
Function at the high school? Get those hookers off campus! Whoops. Those are the students.
Who’s that drunk girl stumbling through the high school party?
Oh my God! Did you see CELEBRITY NAME’s sex tape?
That girl in your dorm has slept with six guys this semester? Hot.
Hey, did you see her t-shirt? It said “Porn Queen.”
Hi! I know we just met, but I have a condom. Have sex with me three hours after we’ve met.
5. The justice system is run by weak social workers–Suspended sentences for violent crimes. Short sentences for second offenses. The death penalty held up as racist Holocaust. Victims blamed. Criminals sympathized with. Prison overseen by “activists.”
So, yes. We have a rape culture in Toiletnation, USA. And a murder culture. And a theft culture. And a flash mob culture. And, generally, a crime culture.
But there is a remedy. Want to see a picture from a time in our history in which rape was NOT commonplace?
Years ago, my late grandfather told me a story about a man travelling somewhere out in Western Louisiana in the early 20th century. A white man from out west just passing through looking for work, according to him. He got drunk, got ahold of a girl in a late-night cafe’ parking lot, dragged her into a car, drove out into a cane field and raped her. Then, like an asshole, he passed out, making himself easy to find.
The local men dealt with him. He was hung upside down by his feet over the bayou at low tide. When the tide came up, he drowned. I guess he had a while to hang there and think about what he’d done and to hear how displeased the locals were, provided he understood any French. It could have been a yarn, as my research turns up nothing in the local papers out there.That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, mind you. I just can’t find proof. But Paw-Paw wasn’t known to lie or tell unpleasant stories for fun.
But I digress.
Now, Jim Goad has made clear that false accusations of rape are made and made pretty often. But in a de-Toileted society, that itself would be a death penalty crime, as well, a’ la the Old Testament. False witness and all that.
I imagine that once the first rape liar got hanged, a new honesty would start to become the norm.
Until our society is willing to once again take crime as seriously as it deserves, I’m afraid we’ll have to live with it. Once we’ve had enough, the feminists will have their way.
The rape culture will be no more when we become decent again.