Rape Culture Culture
January 12th, 2015

Rape Culture Culture

Why do some want to foster the belief that rape is more common and socially-accepted than it actually is?

I’ve heard said that rape isn’t about sex. It’s about power. I don’t consider myself an expert on why people rape, but if I had to explain the notion of rape being about power to the best of my current understanding, I guess I take that notion to mean that people who rape are doing it to hurt someone out of anger toward that person specifically or some collective notion of what that person represents (maybe all women?). But this article is about those cases when an innocent person or a group collectively is accused of rape for whatever reason. False rape is a tool, for an individual as well as for political movements, and it can also be about power when wielded a certain way.

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I’m against religious freedom

The very phrase “religious freedom” is as off-putting as “free speech zone”. The moment you add a condition to freedom, you’re limiting freedom; not expanding it. When you say you’re creating zones where you can have free speech, the implication is you’re not respecting free speech elsewhere. It’s the same with religious freedom. Can I just have straight-up unconditional freedom, please?

It’s not because I love other men that the Indiana RFRA offends me. It’s because I love freedom. Might someone at some point try to use the act to defend themselves from litigation based on anti-LGBT discrimination? Probably, and good for them. I don’t like those people but I don’t need the government to protect me from them. All I ask is that governments don’t discriminate by respecting their rights in a manner that they won’t extend to me. The problem isn’t the cases when it will work to defend freedoms. The problem is the cases when it won’t, and those will be many.

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Libertarians: A little less douche

I realize the derogatory label of “douche” seems a rather vague term. In fact, this video by Daly Show TV seems to play upon its obscurity as an insult and deserves credit for inspiring the title of this article. I found myself using it lately to describe someone’s behavior and it caused me to ponder for a moment what I meant by it. I’m not going to look it up on Urban Dictionary and get hung up on semantics. I’m simply going to clarify for the purpose of this article what I mean by the term.


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What D&D alignment are libertarians?

Chaotic Neutral?

I value freedom above all else. We should all be free to do as we please as long as we don’t violate the rights of others to be free as well. If someone violates your rights, they forfeit the protection of freedom provided by the non-aggression principle (NAP) and you are no longer obligated to respect their rights. Do whatever you feel you need to do to defend your freedom, either on your own or by working with others. We have no obligation to be generous or kind but feel free to if it makes you happy. I thoroughly reject anyone’s authority to command others or impose laws.

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I don’t particularly care about the shooting

And if you do, then you’re racist, or a nationalist which is at least as absurd.

I didn’t say I don’t care. Of course I care about children dying. I just don’t particularly care. I don’t actually know them or their families. Children are dying violent deaths every day all over the world. I don’t mean to be dismissive about it. I literally cannot mourn them all and still be a functional human being. What is disturbing to me is the sense that this event is deserving of special recognition all over the country, and to only a slightly lesser extent in other countries with predominantly white populations. I would hope folks would appreciate my honesty but I don’t expect brownie points for it.

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Plurping us to death

THIS! This is what I’m talking about when I say Keynesians believe you can pass a law that food must appear on people’s tables every night.

USDA suggests food stamp parties, games to increase participation

Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in an additional community spending,” the USDA contends in their outreach guidance. “If the national participation rate rose five percentage points, 1.9 million more low-income people would have an additional $1.3 billion in benefits per year to use to purchase healthy food and $2.5 billion total in new economic activity would be generated nationwide.

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