Tuesday, January 11, 2011

modern liberal feminism and rape culture

I found two articles from conservatives which may have been thoroughly refuted somewhere that I haven't noticed, but they're interesting, even if they're flawed:

Researching the "Rape Culture" of America by Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers

The Campus Rape Myth by Heather Mac Donald

Googling them, I came across Hateful Quotes From Feminists. Remembering the folks who claimed Dworkin never said all men are rapists, I was amused to find this:
'Under patriarchy, every woman's son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman,' Andrea Dworkin, Liberty, p.58..
I should add that I agree with this quote from there:
"Only with the occasional celebrity crime do we allow ourselves to think the nearly unthinkable: that the family may not be the ideal and perfect living arrangement after all - that it can be a nest of pathology and a cradle of gruesome violence,... Even in the ostensibly "functional," nonviolent family, where no one is killed or maimed, feelings are routinely bruised and often twisted out of shape. There is the slap or the put-down that violates a child's shaky sense of self, the cold, distracted stare that drives a spouse to tears, the little digs and rivalries... Barbara Ehrenreich in Time Magazine
The "traditional family" is a myth, a retcon, like the traditional Christmas. It works for some people, and I'm happy for them, but it can be a prison, too. I figure people should find what works for them, and if it does, it ain't nobody else's business.

ETA: Treat the quotes at Hateful Quotes From Feminists with caution; at least one appears to be wrong: snopes.com: Catherine MacKinnon 'All Sex is Rape' Quote.

ETA 2: If you only have time for one essay, read Sommers.