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    I've always had a problem with this.  While I shudder when idiots liken rape to sex, I do think that there is definitely a sexual component.  To say that it is a crime motivated solely by power and control is simply not accurate, in my experience or others that I know of.

    Another unfortunate result of repeating this common meme is that it lets many men off the hook who see themselves as maybe having "taken advantage" of a woman or two, but they're not sociopaths or control freaks....

    IMO, this view only feeds into the "legitimate" vs "illegitimate" rape myth.  "Legitimate" would be the violent, criminal aggressor who wants to control the woman, while "illegitimate" is the guy who just wanted to get laid and, well, she happened to be a little drunk....

    Since we of course want to address the latter as rape, then we have to accept that there is plenty of sexual aggression that arises out of sexual desire and opportunity.  It's important to address this because we obviously STILL have a huge problem in our society with men understanding that nothing but explicit, conscious verbal consent counts as consent.

    We still have a long way to go, and getting these cavemen out of prominent public leadership positions is a number one priority.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:51:50 AM PST

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