DesertFly wrote: ↑
You know, posting an opinion piece from a well-known conservative site (i.e., will happily distort the truth and outright lie to get the "proper" narrative out) is not as convincing as you seem to think it is.
I don't know what Nicholas's political views are, I don't think we've ever interacted much, but I've noticed that a lot of people, even otherwise liberal people, even on a board that leans radical Leftist like this one, will suddenly become conservatives when the issue of believing rape victims is raised.
Let's get to the point: a lot of men, even ones who aren't rapists themselves, who do not think of themselves as defending rape, are deeply, deeply
threatened by the notion of a society where women can hold powerful men to account. I've come to believe that that, even more than racism or any economic concerns, is probably the driving force behind the rise of the Alt. Reich. For tens of thousands of years, in most parts of the world, men have been taught that they belong on top, and that they have the right to sex, and this has been deeply
ingrained into society, in part because it connects very easily with the outdated monkey instincts of our subconscious minds. The Bible, surely the most widely-read work in human history, the primary cultural foundation of the dominant global civilization dating back thousands of years, portrays the first woman as the original sinner, the one who lead a pure man astray and doomed all of humanity to sin and suffering and damnation. That is the starting point of the human story according to the world's most dominant mythology. Traditional gender roles and gender bias are in many ways being challenged, but in many others are still largely taken for granted. Even in less obvious ways you will see this- in the skewing of crash test data that results in more women dying in car crashes, or in the reluctance to perform CPR that leads to much higher death rates for female victims of cardiac arrest. Its everywhere
. Even something seemingly small reinforces how deeply misogyny is ingrained- just compare the difference in how people react to the use of the word n***er (which I can't even post uncensored, even in the context of a discussion or analysis, without risking a ban) to how they react to the words "bitch" or "cunt". The idea that men are supposed to be dominant, and that women are devious manipulators who tempt and destroy men, are profoundly ingrained in our collective consciousness. And lest anyone think I am "virtue signalling", I don't claim to be immune to this bias and misogyny, not at all- merely more self-aware than most. I'm also not a woman, and I'm by no means the best person to talk about this. But because I am aware of it, I'm going to take this opportunity to talk about it. Because it really needs to be talked about. Again, and again, and again, until it is drilled into the heads of every single person on this planet for all time.
For literally thousands of years, across the world, women have been treated as domestic slaves, sexual chattel, second-class citizens or even non-human. People talk about how the US/the West is fundamentally corrupt and evil because it was founded on racism and genocide and slavery, how we need to undergo a process of decolonization and reconciliation. And those were terrible crimes, so terrible that the human mind cannot truly comprehend them if it has not experienced them, just as the ongoing effects of them are today- and yet they don't come close in shear scope to the literal millennia
of sexual slavery and violence to which the female gender has been subjected all over the world. There is no other atrocity in human history that comes close. Not slavery, not the Holocaust, nothing. Of course, its not a contest- once you are dealing with evil on that scale, the numbers largely cease to matter. But I make the comparison because the shear scale of what has been inflicted by patriarchy on women is staggering, and yet it is rarely thought of in those terms. Almost nobody thinks about the history of misogyny with the same horror and revulsion with which they think of the Holocaust, and yet they really should be.
Nor is this all ancient history, of course. Spousal rape was only made illegal in the US in the fucking '90s, meaning that the majority of living Americans remember a time when a woman's body was legally the property of her husband.
To be honest, there are times that I feel both surprised and grateful that the majority of women aren't engaged in active armed revolt against the male gender, or even seeking our extermination. Not because it would be right or deserved, but because it is often human nature to meet violence with violence, cruelty with cruelty, and prejudice with prejudice. I can be certain that if Right-wing white men experienced a fraction of such persecution, they would unleash a tide of slaughter in retribution. Which no doubt explains at least some of the outrage and protests that arise every time the issue of holding rapists accountable or believing their victims comes up, even from men who aren't themselves racist- it is the existential terror of the master at the thought of what their slaves might do once they're free. It is the same terror that motivated the Confederacy to start a civil war to preserve slavery, and which drives the hatred of the Alt. Reich today.
Its also why, if I ever start to feel that a woman owes me anything, I try to remind that part of my brain to shut the fuck up. The world owes the female gender more than it can ever possibly repay, if we tried for a thousand years.