Fun with Feminist Flickr (activism edition)


Check out this poster from a university campus in Ontario, Canada. If you notice the small tear in the poster, it’s because someone thought that the whole “don’t rape women” message was super offensive. In fact, several other posters put up decrying violence against women were vandalized. Sigh.
Thanks to Toban for the link and the pics.

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57 Comments

  1. Citizen Lane
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    If you found it accusatory and offensive, it sounds like it hit a little close to home.
    It’s saying that there’s nothing “manly” or “masculine” about rape or the male-culture that promotes it, and that men, if we are to be called such, have a duty to stand up for what’s right by pointing out that the “masculine” culture that supports rape is itself weak, an expression of impotence and rage toward women and not at all the strength we claim to idealize.

  2. Citizen Lane
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    It has to do with subverting the dominant values of the culture to proper ends. Sure, the insistence that to be a “real man” you have to be strong, resilient, steady and decisive is as chafing a gender role as any, and in many cases leads to wrong action, but on the other hand it is correctly pointing out that rape and much of the male culture that promotes it (overindulgence, violence, etc.) are actually expressions of weakness and impotence that lead to unfocused rage.

  3. Citizen Lane
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Why not? You can convict someone for murder based on no one’s word other than some circumstantial evidence brought in to court, if it convinces 12 people that the defendant committed the crime. What would you require more than just the victim/accuser’s statement? DNA? Not always available, and a prima facie requirement would preclude legitimate convictions while still not being a failsafe against a false accusation. Two witnesses, like a trial for treason?
    Uncorroborated witness statements have been held to be factually sufficient before. And most laws in this area simply reform sexist older laws, like “utmost resistance” type laws (where the law required women to fight with nearly lethal force or else it wasn’t rape because she consented by conduct).
    Your greatest failsafe against a wrongful conviction is still, and always will be, a jury of your peers, not any procedural or substantive law.

  4. Danyell
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Actually, conviction rates are low because rape is extremely hard to prove. Even if semen can be matched, that only proves that sex had taken place, which could have been consensual. Tears & bruising are sometimes washed away as “well, she must like it rough!”. Unless there is CLEAR evidence that a woman was forced into an unwanted situation – witnesses, someone who intervened, someone who heard screaming, or clears signs of struggling/attack, breaking & entering, etc – it often comes down to he said/she said. MOST rape is not done by some stranger grabbing you from a dark alley. Most rape is done by acquaintances, friends, colleagues, dates – in this way, it’s easy to suggest that the sex was wanted and then regretted. Also, a lot of women do not report rapes, and of the one who do, many refuse to testify against their attackers.
    And by the way, there are other crimes that are falsely reported as well. Harassment, assault, kidnapping, robbery, arson – yet this is the ONLY crime that some men feel is a total lie and claim to be “victimized” for. But you seem to say that if we’re not 100% sure on the matter, we should just assume the woman is lying. There isn’t some secret epidemic of false rape reports. And the rare times when it is falsely reported, the women usually recant their stories before the issue goes to trial. But you think it’s best that we take the rarest circumstance and apply it to all cases. We should assume that all rape victims are crazy and/or liars and all accused rapists are victims of lies & circumstance. Right?

  5. Opheelia
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I know I shouldn’t feed the troll… but they look so funny when they’re eating!
    Your thoughts on evolutionary biology indicate that you have very little respect for men. Rape is not a biological necessity. The mere fact that you are right, the vast majority of men AREN’T rapists, negates your own argument. If the urge to procreate was so overpowering that men had no choice but to attempt to impregnate women whenever they had the opportunity, the lines at sperm donation centers would be out the door and around the corner.
    You also appear to be simply regurgitating information you got from a single source, rather than from any thought-driven process studying the issue at length. I read a cookbook once. I even memorized some recipes. That doesn’t mean I can cook.
    And I agree with those who said that rape is inherently a violent act. And if suicidality can be considered as an effect, then it is often life-threatening.

  6. Opheelia
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly the point of TRUE prevention work. It’s not just women’s work to end rape- it’s everybody’s.
    There’s a concept in the men’s anti-rape movement regarding “well-meaning men.” Most men agree that rape is wrong, but many just don’t know what they can do about it and feel uncomfortable taking action. It’s about educating and engaging those men as positive active bystanders, and recognizing that part of the social contract is protecting others from harm.

  7. Jessica
    Posted February 15, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Sorry folks, cleaning up trolls now.

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