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Alex Knepper Is Pro-Rape

March 31, 2010

Alex Knepper is pro-rape. Sound extreme? Recently, he’s contributed to American University’s Eagle saying that feminism has destroyed the excitement of exploring sexuality (apparently, he’s never picked up some feminist literature).  But more to the point he’s also written:

Let’s get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy’s room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK? To cry “date rape” after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone’s head and then later claiming that you didn’t ever actually intend to pull the trigger.

“Date rape” is an incoherent concept. There’s rape and there’s not-rape, and we need a line of demarcation. It’s not clear enough to merely speak of consent, because the lines of consent in sex—especially anonymous sex—can become very blurry. If that bothers you, then stick with Pat Robertson and his brigade of anti-sex cavemen! Don’t jump into the sexual arena if you can’t handle the volatility of its practice!

Knepper is playing the classic game of blaming the victim. “She had it coming,” or she “got what she deserved” are views held by a surprisingly large amount of people in the United States. But by default, if you side with a woman’s attacker because she “wanted it” then you are advocating rape.

No woman has ever wanted or deserved to be raped.

You can say, “Why was she out alone?” (because she had no choice) or “Why didn’t she fight him off?” (because he was stronger, bigger, or she was afraid) all you want, but in the end, if you justify one instance of rape, you are justifying them all.

It’s interesting that a man’s character never comes into question during a rape investigation. His sexual history is never interrogated or used against him in the court of law. His defense is almost always he couldn’t help himself. She provoked him.

Really? I’m provoked to punch people in the mouth all the time, and I don’t. Should I start beating others, then chalk it up to my victim being an asshole, and therefore deserving it?

When a woman files a charge of rape, she has to have a spotless, virginal image if she hopes to get any public support. If she has a sexual history, she is known as a “bad woman” or “loose.” Really, why does her sexual past count into this at all? What matters is her sexual present, and her body was violated.

It’s unfortunate that we live in a country which supports a rape culture, where women are blamed for the violence committed against them. Women, in a sense, are being imprisoned, there actions restricted. She can’t walk alone at night from the library for fear of being attacked, or travel unescorted from the bus stop to her house.

Violence and sexual assault should no longer be blamed on women simply because of her gender.

Go forth and hate.

Links of Interest:
World Health Organization

Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Related The Hating Expert posts:
April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Ammy permalink
    March 31, 2010 2:03 am

    I totally agree with you here. What’s even more terrifying than our own culture’s advocation of the rapist is what you see in other cultures around the world. Women are still stoned to death for having been raped in this day and age. Not only is it her fault, but her already shattered life is taken from her as punishment for what what was done to her. Or brought upon herself, if you are as backward as Knepper here. It’s frightening.

  2. March 31, 2010 4:15 pm

    By Alex Knepper’s logic, I could ask him if I could touch his balls, and if he said yes and then I kicked them repeatedly, it would be totally okay. He didn’t express clear consent to kick him in the balls, but he said it was okay if I had contact with them. He got himself into the situation by allowing my access to him. Once he sobers up from the pain and begins to regret allowing me contact, he can’t cry assault by his own logic.

  3. Greg permalink
    April 5, 2010 12:18 pm

    I think that you are putting words in the authors mouth. He never said a woman deserves to be raped. I think a simple sentance would have cleared this up. Which is, drunken consensual sex isn’t date rape.

    • April 5, 2010 1:16 pm

      Except he isn’t talking about consensual sex while intoxicated. He’s blaming the woman who gets drunk and is unable to function right and ends up getting taken advantage of which is NOT OKAY.

      Knepper is a very confused man. There is a huge difference between the girl who has a drunken, consensual, lively hookup and regrets it in the morning, and the girl who passes out from drinking and some douchebag decides to stick his penis in her cause hey, its not rape if she can’t say no!

      He is writing as if these are the same women. He’s saying that if a girl is drunk, that is consent enough. God forbid a girl go out and drink because 1 beer equals she wants to be in a gang bang. He directly says that a girl who goes to a party and drinks 5 drinks is just fucking asking for it. Because you know, all women just totally want penis all the time and when they’re drunk they just can’t stop themselves.

      He is a rape apologist. By saying that non-consensual sex is ANYTHING but rape is moronic. SHE DID NOT CONSENT TO THAT DICK BEING IN HER, THEREFORE, RAPE.

  4. April 5, 2010 1:49 pm

    Being drunk is neither a sign of consent nor is it an excuse for sexual violence.

    There are plenty of women who drink and do not want to hook up, and plenty of men who drink and do not attack others. To use alcohol as an excuse is unacceptable.

  5. Carlin permalink
    April 14, 2010 1:10 pm

    Alex Knepper is a very sick puppy. I am surprized that AU published his rant. He seems more of a wing nut blogger than someone a college newspaper should be giving a forum to. I just hope anyone looking to hire this guy in the future does a complete backround check.

    • April 14, 2010 1:45 pm

      Unfortunately, Alex Knepper will probably find a cozy job in the future where his inflammatory remarks single him out as a sort-of celebrity. Saying “boys will be boys” is still a safe excuse to hide behind for men.

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