Wednesday, November 17, 2010

short post 11/18

The chapter from Susan Brownmiller’s book about rape was very eye opening. Rape is a topic that is not really talked about it makes those who are not involved uncomfortable and those are embarrassed. Rape is one of the worst things you can do to someone Brownmiller talks about how rape is more than just sex but it is about power. I know a lot of girls that have been raped or at least claim to have been raped. I would never blatantly accuse a girl of lying but this subject hits close to home for me. I knew a girl in high school who told everyone she was raped but later it came out that she was lying and only wanted attention. I also feel like sometimes-promiscuous girls who may have had a night that they would like to forget may also call rape. Rape is such a masculine thing that I think that some woman take advantage of their position. Having said that I know that a vast majority of these women claiming to be raped are telling the truth but I don’t think people should be naïve to think that sometimes women do lie about this for one reason or another.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your opinion that we cannot be naive to think that women do not sometimes lie about calling rape. It is true that rape is often claimed for greater motivations like regretting a drunken one night stand. However, I think that regardless of the conditions under which people engage in unconsensual sex, we have to understand that rape is taking place. Even though the woman may have had a little too much to drink, she cannot legally or otherwise be at fault for the events that transpire. So while I agree that often women use rape as a lie to target men, the majority of women keep rape a secret because of embarrassment or shame. As a result, I think that we ought to be sensitive to claims of rape, however skeptical one's story seems to be.