The Anomalisation of Male Rape

From Feminist Critics:

Feminists, do not focus upon male rape generally, or male prison rape in particular. This is unsurprising, and not, in itself, particularly problematic.

What is problematic with feminist discourse about male rape is not that they don’t discuss it at all – clearly they do – or that they don’t discuss it enough. The problem is that they anomalise it, that is to say, they treat it as some kind of anomalous variant of rape which, according to them, is something which normally happens to women. The latter is simply “rape”. Rape that happens to men in prison is “prison rape”. Rape that happens to men outside of prison is “male rape”. The word “female” is sometimes used as an adjective with “rape” to contrast it with male rape, but “female rape” is not used by feminists as a category designation in and of itself. It’s just “rape”. “Male rape” and “prison rape” sometimes get their own threads, effectively discoursive ghettos. But they are often excluded from threads about “rape”.

If rape that happens to women is “rape”, it follow that “rape” is something which happens to women. This equivalence is reinforced by the interchangeability in feminist (and, due to its influence, in mainstream) discourse between the ostensibly gender-neutral (but implicitly gendered) functional category “rape” and the explicit gender category “violence against women”. The overall effect is to render male rape invisible outside of the ghetto.

What the ghetto threads do is give the appearance of addressing these issues positively, while ensuring that male sexual victimisation remains a marginalised topic. Since male victims are already marginalised to the point of invisibility within mainstream society, the effect is to preserve and extend gender inequality contrary to feminism’s stated aim.

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  • Ironaddict06

    Prison rape is a major deterrent to stay out of prison.

  • Ironaddict06

    Prison rape is a major deterrent to stay out of prison.

    • Andrew

      I’m guessing your point is that sometimes rape is a good thing when it happens to men.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Incarceration statistics from the last thirty years say otherwise.

    • Word Eater

      Which is one reason that there are no meaningful discussions about fixing the problem. The (il)logic dictates: if you are in prison, obviously you “deserve” to be raped.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LZNJUGQUKQ5GBYR3FZ3D4FJF7I Donald

      It would be if many of the possible criminals knew they’d risk being raped if they got in prison. Somehow I don’t think your average criminal thinks about it. Even if they live in a society where it’s expected that men go to prison, I doubt rape is considered at all-never mind as a deterrent (After all, if Jail is inevitable, so is getting raped in Prison).

      And I can definitely categorically state that NONE of the boys in Juvie – where I’m sure every boy gets raped, if not by the older juvies, then by the prison guards – even thought of rape at all.

      So your statement is so far off that it’s not even wrong.

  • Andrew

    I’m guessing your point is that sometimes rape is a good thing when it happens to men.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Incarceration statistics from the last thirty years say otherwise.

  • ap

    Why don’t men worry about it? Most men could give a sh*t about women or our rights. The newly elected governor of GA supported a bill, when he was a senator, that would allow a woman’s sexual history in rape trials.
    This article is stupid. Why don’t you publish something worth while Captain Obvious.

  • ap

    Why don’t men worry about it? Most men could give a sh*t about women or our rights. The newly elected governor of GA supported a bill, when he was a senator, that would allow a woman’s sexual history in rape trials.
    This article is stupid. Why don’t you publish something worth while Captain Obvious.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    >Feminists, do not focus upon male rape generally, or male prison rape in particular. This is unsurprising, and not, in itself, particularly problematic…

    Men who’ve been raped would likely disagree.

    >What is problematic with feminist discourse about male rape is not that they don’t discuss it at all – clearly they do – or that they don’t discuss it enough. The problem is that they anomalise it, that is to say, they treat it as some kind of anomalous variant of rape which, according to them, is something which normally happens to women.

    Let’s examine the roots of modern feminist rape theory. Psychologist Stephen Pinker’s book “The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature” notes that back in the 1970s, Susan Brownmiller applied a quasi-Marxist analysis to rape: just as classical Marxism argued that the big bad Bourgesoise oppressed the proletariat, Brownmiller argued that The Patriarchy oppressed women via rape and abuse. The flaw with this analysis is obvious: most men are not rapists, most men are not abusers. But the Brownmiller argument is appealing, because it’s a simple, one-size-fits all argument that seems to provide a clear-cut answer to a horrible problem, and which has, as a result, become the common wisdom in the culture at large.

    But it’s not true. It’s entirely inaccurate, as Pinker writes: “[T]he fact that rape has something to do with violence does not mean it has nothing to do with sex, any more than the fact that armed robbery has something to do with violence mean it has nothing to do with greed. Evil men may use violence to get sex, just as they use violence to get other things they want. I believe that the rape-is-not-about-sex doctrine will go down in history as an example of extraordinary popular delusion and the madness of crowds. It is preposterous on the face of it, does not deserve its sanctity, is contradicted by a mass of evidence, and is getting in the way of the only morally relevant goal surrounding rape, the effort to stamp it out.” ( Pinker, pp. 361-362)

    Here’s another problem about that feminists are generally loathe to admit or discuss, specifically because it contradicts the Brownmiller thesis: women commit about 25% of all child sex abuse, and about 40% of all sex crimes against boys. (see one of the largest studies of adults abused as children in Dube et al, “Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Gender of Victim” at this website: http://www.jimhopper.com/pdfs/Dube_%282005%29_Childhood_sexual_abuse_by_gender_of_victim.pdf )
    I must stress that the majority of these women are NOT being coerced into the crimes by a partner … rather, they’re acting alone, and they’re often acting under the influence of Brownmiller’s thesis that rape is something men do to women. Period. Under feminist analysis, male victims of rape don’t exist, nor do female rapists and pedophiles.

    Another study (which I can’t find now; I’m at work and the filter blocks some search terms) showed that more men than women have had unwanted sex with a partner … that is to say, more men than women have been pestered or coerced into sex when they weren’t in the mood. Again, this contradicts the common wisdom, and is thus ridiculed or ignored.

  • Word Eater

    Which is one reason that there are no meaningful discussions about fixing the problem. The (il)logic dictates: if you are in prison, obviously you “deserve” to be raped.

  • Word Eater

    The fact is: most rape is man on woman.

    That makes it the normal model to compare other rape against.

    * man to man
    * woman to man
    * woman to woman
    These are all much, much less common.

    When it isn’t a man attacking a woman, it becomes “novel” and therefore is anomalous.

  • Word Eater

    The fact is: most rape is man on woman.

    That makes it the normal model to compare other rape against.

    * man to man
    * woman to man
    * woman to woman
    These are all much, much less common.

    When it isn’t a man attacking a woman, it becomes “novel” and therefore is anomalous.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LZNJUGQUKQ5GBYR3FZ3D4FJF7I Donald

    It would be if many of the possible criminals knew they’d risk being raped if they got in prison. Somehow I don’t think your average criminal thinks about it. Even if they live in a society where it’s expected that men go to prison, I doubt rape is considered at all-never mind as a deterrent (After all, if Jail is inevitable, so is getting raped in Prison).

    And I can definitely categorically state that NONE of the boys in Juvie – where I’m sure every boy gets raped, if not by the older juvies, then by the prison guards – even thought of rape at all.

    So your statement is so far off that it’s not even wrong.

  • CinemaParadiso

    I think a lot of it’s due to lack of reporting. If you think of how women get “judged” for rape and how many go unreported just imagine what a man goes through emotionally after such a crime. What happens in prison is viewed as some sort of Darwinian survival of the fittest. I think allowing rape to occur in prison just makes criminals that more damaged, they might have gone in with a few issues for a minor offense and come out with subscriptions.

  • CinemaParadiso

    I think a lot of it’s due to lack of reporting. If you think of how women get “judged” for rape and how many go unreported just imagine what a man goes through emotionally after such a crime. What happens in prison is viewed as some sort of Darwinian survival of the fittest. I think allowing rape to occur in prison just makes criminals that more damaged, they might have gone in with a few issues for a minor offense and come out with subscriptions.

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