Monday, April 24, 2006

Of Rape and Them

Here’s what middle-school kids think about rape, according to a survey of
11-14 year-olds:
51% of boys and 41% of girls believe that a man has a right to force a woman to kiss him if he has “spent a lot of money on her.”
32% of boys and 32% of girls say it’s not improper for a man to rape a woman who has had past sexual experiences.
87% of boys and 79% of girls say rape is okay if a man and woman are married.
47% of all those surveyed say it’s okay for a man to rape a woman he has been dating for more than 6 months.
Doesn’t sound too good, does it? By middle school, American children have already drunk deeply from the patriarchy: they know that men have the right to sexually
possess women, that women can be bought, and that women who aren’t virgins are
fair game for rape.
So perhaps it’s not so surprising what happens when they get to college:
1 in 4 college women report being victims of rape or attempted rape.
1 in 12 college men admit to committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape.
35% of college men indicate some likelihood that they would commit rape if they could be assured of not getting caught.
And it doesn’t stop when they get married…
10% of women are the victims of rape or attempted rape by a husband or intimate partner in their lifetime.
33-46% of husbands who beat their wives also rape them.
… or have children:
About 20% of all rapes are committed against children under the age of 18 by their own family members.
20-40% of women and 10-20% of men report having been sexually victimized as children (this includes sexual abuse other than rape).
And then you go to the top and start all over again.

First off, let's get the formalities out of the way.

Rape is wrong. Period.

Now that we have that over with, why the heck are they asking middle school kids about this? Sixth graders are way too young to be given surveys about rape when their miniscule brains aren't even into issues like this.

And I don't know where that question on kissing comes from, but it's not rape if someone is forced to kiss somebody. Why is that even in that survey.

I'm not going to even bother going over the remaining bits of this since statistics on rape vary so greatly that they're never accurate. Although, the higher they are, the more feminists will use them since women never lie about rape and these types of things are always true.

I was going to inject my personal views on kissing and dating into this, but I've decided not to. Maybe next time.