doua initiative importante:
“Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.” – Joss Whedon, May 20 2007, Whedonesque.com
Yet more evidence as to why the newly devised Anti-Rape Demonstrations are so important when the legal system actively condones and promotes male sexual violence against women and girls. No clearer message than this can be sent to all men and boys that they can continue committing rape and sexual abuse with impunity. As regards women and girls – well, make-up, clothing, sexual precociousness etc. are the REAL RAPISTS not men. Yet another male judge believes and actively condones myths concerning male sexual violence against women and girls.
Apparently make-up, female clothing, ‘sexual precociousness’ etc. raped this young girl not two men who believed they were entitled to group rape this girl since she was just another ‘female slut.’
I note the latest myth now becoming widely accepted is that if a young girl is perceived as being older than her actual age then this too justifies male sexual violence against women and girls. It is just luck and nothing more if a rape survivor achieves a smidgen of justice and the situation now is one wherein men and boys commit rape with impunity knowing their actions will be excused or denied.
Strange is it not that suddenly this 10 year old girl is described as a ‘young woman’ thereby subtly implying she is more adult than her actual age and hence is held even more responsible for men raping her. Whereas women of all ages are routinely defined and described as ‘girls.’ Thereby confirming the myth women unlike men never achieve adulthood status.
The only moral dilemma Judge Julian Hall faced was whether to adhere to male-dominant myths concerning female’s supposed sexual voracity and danger to men or whether to actually perform his role as judge and pass a life sentence on these two men convicted of group raping a 10 year old girl. However, Hall has proved he too, believes in rape myths and supports myth of male sexual entitlement and access to any girl or woman. I see all the old, tired male-defined rape myths have been produced at this trial. Since when is a 10 year old girl ‘sexually precocious?’ Just another instance of male sexual justification in respect of a horrendous example of men believing women and girls have no sexual rights.
Poor Darren Wright was ‘shocked’ at supposedly discovering the age of this young girl. Oh so that means if she had been 16+ his actions in committing sexual abuse and concluding in the rape of this girl is in his view, acceptable and normal male sexual behaviour. Since his sexual gratififcation supercedes the sexual autonomy and rights of all women.
Reality check: ‘it is never ‘sex with a child’ since such language makes such sexual abuse appear natural. It is always rape and must be defined as such.
[commentary and link to UK protest site from Jennifer D.]