Friday, October 09, 2009

A little thought experiment

Step one. Imagine an unemployed high-school dropout, hanging out on a street corner with a dirty shirt and a dopey look; maybe he's a bit dysfunctional, or maybe he just had some bad luck. Now imagine him crafting and carrying out a plan to get a young girl alone, and then drugging and raping her. Imagine that she's a very young girl, several years under the age of consent for that place and time. Do you approve? Do you find this acceptable morally, ethically, socially or legally?*

Step two: Imagine that the paedophile rapist isn't a highschool dropout, but an educated and articulate man. Would you feel that his status entitles him to rape underage girls?**

Step three: Imagine that he's not unemployed, but that he has a socially-respected job and is in fact quite famous. Does that now make his behaviour acceptable?***


* For the record: No, I don't.
** No.
*** No.
My opinions, your mileage may vary — but frankly if it did I'd be hellishly disappointed in you.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Zhoen said...

But, what if he's entitled?

Oh, wait, no one is entitled to fuck up a child's life.

October 9, 2009 at 1:58:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger Udge said...

He seems to think he's entitled, though. His lawyers even dare to present him as the victim.

October 9, 2009 at 9:58:00 AM GMT+2  
Anonymous Sis said...

What made all the difference for him, apparently, was that she wasn't a virgin.

October 9, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Peter Oberman and Nicky Shepard said...

Rape is traumatizing no matter how many times you've had sex.

October 9, 2009 at 10:33:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Bruce Oksol said...

I don't know if you caught Whoopi Goldberg on "The View." She defended the adult male by saying it was not "rape rape."

I always appreciated Whoopi. I felt she was important for a marginalized segment of the population (African-American women as well as others) but this was way over the line. She lost all credibility; lacks all common sense. It would be interesting to hear her counter-argument to your well-stated arguments.

October 10, 2009 at 3:36:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger Pacian said...

I think a lot of the people defending him hear that he raped an underage girl and assume that it 'just' means statutory rape.

Which is troublesome in so many ways.

October 13, 2009 at 1:00:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger Rob said...

Actually I'd assumed it meant statutory rape, but without the "just". Quite bad enough really.

Colour me unimpressed, however much I like some of his movies. Hell, I like Wagner's operas a whole lot more but don't go a bundle on his attitude to Jews.

November 24, 2009 at 12:24:00 AM GMT+1  

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