Sorry for the merman icon with this, but I don't have an icon, it would appear, to go with disturbing reports of mistreatment of half the human race by not only members of the other half, but willing accessories of the half being devalued and abused.
(ETA: This is a good link below, or I wouldnt link it, but it's been pointed out a warning should be added for trigger images, and I didn't think of that earlier - so I'm saying it NOW. Be aware in clicking around you will see disturbing rape related imagery.)
I can't write much new to go with bayliss
's entry on the Ohio rape and general other horrific abuse of a teenage girl, so I'll just present her entry and links
as is. I will say if even half this is true, this case needs to get the Sandusky/Penn State legal treatment, and FAST.
However, I'm always ready to add a point about choice and women and their own bodies. I feel like I've written enough on this blog about my feelings on society and control of women's bodies and actions, and how I believe even good-hearted movements for laws designed to protect other forms of life feed into this underlying perception among assholes who would take advantage of it to actively hurt girls and women, that females are nothing more than vessels for sperm and babies, in addition to being domestic labor to be discarded at will. You know, instead of human beings who can do what they want to with their bodies and time - otherwise known as men and boys. Plenty of people would say "one has nothing to do with the other." I would debate that regarding women as primarily incubators for new people, that need to be regulated - which is not a way one would ever regard a man's testicles - is just one step on the road to objectification. And this - and the dead woman from India - is what happens when girls and women are seen as objects, and attackers get social acceptance for that kind of treatment.
When I write these posts, am I out to offend friendlies? No, I'm not. I don't particularly enjoy confrontation even under this pseudonym. Every time I think, though, "no, don't say THAT," I imagine what it must be like to be one of those women being overpowered or incapacitated, perhaps just conscious enough to know what's happening to her but unable to fight it. Or to be a young woman with no prospects, or too much to do to have a kid right now and no way to afford it (or want it, even), with no choice but to have the thing. And then I think Well, all you're doing is putting a bunch of words on a screen; you don't have to go through what THEY'RE facing.
And then doing this doesn't seem difficult at ALL.