Rape culture: progress progresses backwards
Human sexual behavior is pretty complex, isn’t it. Biologists are discovering new things all the time! There were once sodomites, corrupted by their perverted appetites. Then there were homosexuals, who were mentally ill and deserving of pity (I’m not sure where the story of mental illness replacing moral corruption begins, though it doesn’t begin with homosexuals) . Then there were queers and gays and crossdressers, who just wanted to be humored and left alone. Now it turns out that sometimes a female brain develops in a male body; previously scientists believed that there were no major differences between female brains and male brains. Progress progresses.
Sometimes, progress goes backwards. The middle of the 20th century was the height of rape culture,
A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul
—Norman Mailer, 1972
in which rape, sexual assault, flashing, and pedophilia, especially as committed by African-Americans, was ignored and treated lightly. Rape culture continues today; but it is weakening now that it has been named and named a priority by today’s feminists. See the recent NYT article http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/16/sports/errors-in-inquiry-on-rape-allegations-against-fsu-jameis-winston.html .
Rape culture may have peaked in 1967, when Eldridge Cleaver could get the following published –
Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women – and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.
I started out practicing on black girls in the ghetto where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of a day. When I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically.
His book, Soul on Ice, was called “brilliant and revealing” by the New York Times Review of Books. Amazon.com has 107 formats and editions, new hardcovers from $55.58, and is Amazon Best Sellers Rank #90,427.
Perhaps the feminists can, within the next few years, prevent this book from being published again. God speed, feminists.
To the ancient Hebrews, rape could be remedied by a fine, and marrying the woman raped, with divorce prohibited. Today’s feminists accuse Christians of having or wanting this law, since it is after all in the Bible (the heresy of sola scriptura strikes again).
To Justinian, who recorded the laws of Christian Rome, rape was to be punished by death, to be carried out summarily by the family of the victim if they could catch the perpetrator; all the rapist’s property was forefeit, penalties apply to any accomplices as well; somehow, rape of a married woman was to carry twice the penalty.
We decree by this general constitution that those who perpetrate it, as well as those who aid them at the time, where they are caught in the act and surprised when committing it, can immediately be killed by the fathers or the blood-relatives, guardians, curators, patrons or masters of the said virgins, widows, or women of any description whatsoever, whether they are freeborn or not. We order that these provisions shall, above all, be applicable to those who have dared to ravish married women, for the reason that they are liable to punishment for a double crime, that is to say, for adultery as well as rape; and it is necessary for the crime of adultery to be punished with greater severity on account of the other offence being added to it…
If, however, after the commission of such a detestable crime, the ravisher should be able to defend himself on account of his powerful influence, or to escape by flight, the illustrious Praetorian Prefects, as well as the distinguished Prefect of the City in this Imperial Capital, as well as the eminent Praetorian Prefects in Illyria and Africa, the Generals of the Army, throughout the different portions of Our Empire, the Eminent Prefect of Egypt, the Count of the East, the Vicegerents, Proconsuls, Dukes, and Governors of Provinces, and Judges of every rank, who may be in those places, shall display the greatest zeal and exert every effort to apprehend the culprit, and shall punish with exemplary severity those who have been arrested for the commission of such a crime, and sentence them to death after evidence which is competent and recognized by law has been given, without permitting any exception to be pleaded. If the defendants should wish to appeal, We, in accordance with the provisions of the ancient law of Constantine, refuse to grant them permission to do so…
If, however, such an atrocious crime should be perpetrated against a woman who is freeborn, all the property movable, immovable, or capable of moving itself, which belongs to the ravishers themselves, or to their accomplices, associates, or followers who have given them assistance, shall be transferred to the ownership of the said ravished freeborn woman by a decree of court, and the efforts of her parents, husband, guardians or curators. When the woman above mentioned is not married, she can lawfully be united in matrimony with any man whomsoever, except her ravisher, and the property of the latter, or as much of it as she may desire, shall be given as the dowry of the woman aforesaid. If she should not be willing to accept a husband, but prefers to remain single, We order that the said property shall belong to her absolutely, and that no judge, or any other person whosoever, shall dare to violate this provision…
The penalties which We have previously prescribed, that is to say, those of death and the loss of property, We decree shall not only be inflicted upon the ravishers themselves, but also upon those who accompanied them, and were present when the crime took place…
When anyone of a servile condition is convicted of complicity in a crime of this description, We order him or her to be put to death by fire, without distinction of sex, as this was also very properly provided for by the Law of Constantine.
It was alarming to many that rural Mississippi in the ’50s seemed to have laws closer to Justinian than Moses. Emmett Till was murdered by a woman’s husband and her father for what we would now call sexual assault, though feminists at the time were cowed into saying that it was mere flirting. While the culture of rural Mississippi is now mostly gone, our culture has changed a bit too: today’s media would not deny a woman’s report of sexual assault.
It was fortunate for Eldridge Cleaver that after ambushing and getting in a shootout with the police, he went to France, and not the Byzantine Empire. While in France, he designed a line of pants; rape culture seems to have failed him there; he was unable to find a manufacturer.
The Western gender binary
Ten years ago, the notion that there are such things as male and female brains would have been an example of the cultural dominance of the Western gender binary as a paradigm. Today, women’s souls are born into men’s bodies, though, if pressed, the smarter genderqueer activists will admit to seeing themselves as True Individuals, neither male nor female.
In 1972, when Western civilization was at it zenith, and White men dared to walk on the moon, the chemist Isaac Asimov, also one of the most prolific authors of all time, published The Gods Themselves, a story about contact with aliens with three sexes (and an evil technology that promised cheap energy at the cost of destroying the world). The West is observably more willing to consider other attitudes towards sexuality than any other civilization; this is why feminists blame basic facts of biology on the West and call it uniquely evil.
There are a number of cultures with ancient recognition of crossdressing men; the most civilized is probably some parts of India.
Western culture has more recently begun serious investigation into ethology, putting aside moral thoughts and simply observing animal behavior. Sometimes an effeminate looking salmon male or cuttlefish sneaks into a egg pile guarded by a stronger male. There’s a species of goat that separates into male herds and female herds for most of the year, recombining during mating season. Some males develop female characteristics and wander around with the females – for reasons that are obvious as long as we’re not talking about humans. Since we are talking about humans, we have to accept the Scientific Fact™ that most crossdressing men are gay, meaning that they do not intend to use their right to enter female safe spaces inappropriately.
Today, some feminists, called Trans-Exclusive RadFems or TERFs, are battling it out with other feminists, who we know are the mainstream faction since they don’t have a specific name, over whether or not crossdressing perverts are allowed in female safe spaces. Unisex bathrooms have been under discussion since the ’80s, and are now being installed at Dartmouth; a pointless gesture, since crossdressers do not want that half-measure any more than sodomites wanted civil unions. Keep fighting the good fight, TERF warriors, you do not know it, but in fighting for the truth, you fight for Jesus.
Current law in a number of jurisdictions permits crossdressing children to use the opposite sex’s bathrooms and locker rooms. We will see how much sexual advances by perverts and “accidental” groping it will take before crossdressers are returned to their own sex’s facilities.
Rape and flashing weren’t the only behaviors that were thawed out in the Sexual Revolution. Long after NAMBLA was flushed down the memory hole, the Catholic Church is accused of not being more selective in its priests. There’s also the matter of Harvey Milk, who had his way with troubled teens. His subsequent murder was called an anti-gay assassination, and has been the subject of a number of films.
Pedophilia was never going to be really accepted, though. Harvey Milk was shot in 1978 – and it was a good thing for the gay agenda, because he was going to be an embarrassment, but now he was a martyr – the same year that NAMBLA was founded. From the early ’80s to the ’90s, satanic pedophiles running your child’s daycare would sexually abuse your child, and by the mid ’90s NAMBLA was expelled from some gay rights organizations.
Today, some people, probably half of them children, will say on the Internet that “pedosexuality” or whatever is another sexual orientation of equal status to homosexuality. They’re not entirely wrong: there’s no proof that homosexuality exists in any sense that pedosexuality doesn’t. This reductio ad absurdum is studiously ignored by all sides while it comes to our attention briefly every so often that some gay activist or movie star or whatever has been kiddydiddling.
Rape culture ends
The Godfather was released in 1972. The movie is tied together by a guy who asks the mafia don for a favor and has to do him a favor towards the end; this is a guy the audience of 1970s Americas is supposed to sympathize with if not necessarily agree with.
Don Corleone: We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you’ve come to me for counsel or for help. I can’t remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt.
Bonasera: I didn’t want to get into trouble.
Don Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say “Don Corleone, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godfather.” You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder – for money.
Bonasera: I ask you for justice.
Don Corleone: That is not justice. Your daughter is alive.
Unlike Justinian, the mafia don doesn’t think extrajudicial murder is necessarily an appropriate punishment for rape. What the movie tells us is that 1970s Americans think suspended sentences for rape happen, and that they are unjustly lenient. The fact that it got put in a popular movie as something the audience is supposed to feel sympathetic to meant the writing was on the wall for rape culture.
In 1975, Susan Brownmiller wrote her famous book <i>Against Our Will</i>, which argued that rape is something all men do to all women, in order to be allowed to talk about it as an issue. Professional Black woman Angela Davis predictably called her discussion of rape and race an “unthinking partnership which borders on racism”. But it was out there – rape is evil for communist-approved reasons, and rape is not something the average man is interested in. That meant decent men and women could take a stand against it. By 1989, the Clery Act forced colleges to disclose information about rape on campus.
In a sense, rape is something that White men do to women, since if we wanted to, we could suppress it. It isn’t expressed in those terms by the young White women who talk about rape culture, but, people have a way of understanding things without explicitly knowing. When I got to college about ten years ago, two of the young White women I met on my first day there would be raped by African-Americans within the year. The fact that so much rape is tolerated is rape culture. But tomorrow, it won’t be. Regress.