Alex Knepper Is Pro-Rape
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.
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