The problem with this? Rape isn’t a property crime.
And if you can find the sentence where that’s asserted, you might have a point.
It’s a crime on a person’s body, and it’s a violent crime. You can’t lock your body away like you would your keys.
I am much more likely to be assaulted in high-crime areas. I hide myself away from those areas. And we can have a conversation about class and poverty and an inability to escape such crime hot-spots, but that’s a second order of business.
Your body comes with you everywhere, and you can’t hide it. That’s right, even clothes won’t hide your body, because everyone knows there is still a body underneath! So, this metaphor is bullshit,
Your insistence on treating metaphor as a literal parallel is bullshit. The whole point of metaphor is that it’s not literally applicable. Given your comment, we can’t use metaphor when talking about crime.
and anyone who is “serious about preventing rape” won’t perpetuate the victim-blaming mentality that it perpetuates.
While you may be serious about preventing rape, you’re unserious about discussing rape. I’d argue they’re correlated.
i’m all for women’s rights, equal rights free speech, feminism, breaking the glass ceiling, etc. etc. etc…. but sometimes, once in awhile, i just wish a man would take me out to dinner, open my door, buy me something pretty, and tell me i’m amazing. is that so much to ask?
It’s not too much to ask, but do you know what you’re asking?
There’s an implied bargain behind those courtship rituals. Feminism, at its core, is equal rights and legal protection for women. Some of our traditional dating patterns cut against that goal. Why does the man take you out? (Financial inequity.) Open your door? (Women are dainty.) Buy you something pretty? (Favor exchange.) Tell you you’re amazing? (Flattery.) Those aren’t necessarily the motivations now, in 2010, but they stem from outdated customs where the implications were much more exploitative. I know it’s nice but it comes with strings, even if neither party are conscious of them.
Men don’t treat men in this way, women don’t treat women in this way and women don’t treat men in this way. So why is the male-to-female relationship unique? Of course, we all know the answer. So let’s not tiptoe around it.
FYI - In case you thought otherwise…
I don’t know what funny is and am devoid of humor.
Well, I may not be funny, but neither are your juvenile and ignorant jokes.
Oh and Mel Brooks? YEAH, he’s funny. In fact, he’s one of the greats.
You, whoever you are, ARE NOT.
I’ll give you this: You’re unintentionally funny.
To call my jokes “juvenile” and to then say Mel Brooks is “one of the greats” takes a really special brand of “ignorance”.