‘Real Men Get Raped’ Campaign

Real Men Get RapedVia the Huffington Post:

A new rape awareness campaign aimed at men in London is hoping to challenge the way that people think about the crime and its victims.

Posters for the campaign, launched by Survivors UK, an organization that deals with sexual violence against men, read “Real men get raped and talking about it takes real strength” and show a rugby ball being punctured by a nail.

The ads will be prominently featured on 140 escalator panels in central London Tube stations on February 20 in hopes of reaching passengers during the Six Nations rugby tournament reports MaleHealth.co.uk. The ads will also be show on two 48 Sheet billboards at Clapham Junction train station and on screens at Waterloo stations on February 25 and March 17, when England plays at home in the tournament…

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  • Irish Potato Gun

    Brought to you by the World Bank and the Prison industrial complex .

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    This seems to suggest some kind of “No true Scotsman” logical fallacy.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Mayhaps so.  But you’ve got to admit, it’s a brave and imaginative effort to de-couple notions of masculinity and sexual violence.

      This campaign may not be the way to go about it, but they’re probably correct to think that a winning formula will be highly counter-intuitive, from a conventionally intellectual standpoint.  Because the wedge issue is the traditional conflation of masculinity with aggression–not exactly irrational, but subjective enough to be pretty damned close.

      Once 50% of the population can accept the notion that the security of their gender identity doesn’t require them to commit or condone anti-social acts of aggression, then they’ll have the objectivity to treat rape for the moral justice issue that it really is.

      • Hadrian999

        I don’t know if the campaign can ever work, masculinity is so linked to physical and martial strength I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable to admit such a humiliating sort of defeat

        • Liam_McGonagle

          I hear you. 

          I’m sure you’ll agree that the biggest problem here is that talk is cheap, and while many individual men of impressive athletic and martial achievements (e.g, T.E. Lawrence) have admitted to being rape victims, that has never deterred do-nothing losers from shooting their mouths off about the supposed effeminate weakness of victims.

          Maybe here, as in the rest of life, the solution lies in reality television.  They could host a show where every week a handful of loudmouth chauvinists who talk about how cool it is to rape women are let out of a pen and forced to flee brutal anal rape at the hands of a 300-lb bull fruit. 

          It might have enough lowest-common-denominator appeal to get green lighted and last just long enough to shift the momentum of the public debate.

  • Marcel

    They need a catchier slogan like “One Queen is Enough” or something along those lines.

  • JaceD

    It’s hard to sympathise when they use rugby in their marketing campaign. So many women are raped and beaten during rugby tournaments that it only seems fair that men get a bit of it too.

    • Andrew

      That’s like killing innocent Iraqis to make up for the innocent Americans killed on 9/11.

      • JaceD

        Apples and Oranges

        • Andrew

           I disagree.  It’s fairness, but the kind of fairness where everybody suffers.

          • JaceD

            The main premise of my point was the use of rugby as the marketing strategy, as though every man who’s been raped should identify with the stereotypes of manliness.

            Rugby culture breeds rape, sexual and violent abuse, especially against women. I’m not saying that men should be raped, but I have no sympathy for their tool “real men get raped” as though only playing and watching rugby makes you a man.

            If the all blacks (nz rugby team) lose, domestic violence jumps up by some ridiculous percent, women and children are at the recieving end of a drunk, pissed of “man” who needs a bit of perspective in his life (maybe a cock in his arse).

            Just walk through down town after a big tournament loss and every rugby head is out shifting in packs looking for a fight or something to fuck. If you go to a rugby club chances are you’re in the company of more than one rapists.

            Now, if they didn’t use rugby in this campaign I wouldn’t have had an issue.

            So I can see where you’re coming from, I just think the two are a tad different.

  • mannyfurious

    What I’ve never understood is how homophobic most of the men in prison are and yet rape is so highly accepted. The same people calling others fags and questioning their masculinity are the same people who are forcing other men to have sex with them. That’s about as gay as gay gets. I mean, I understand the psychological aspect of it, like it’s about dominance and the sadism more than it is the sexual gratification. Still, even understanding that, it still takes a certain level of mental parkour to ignore the plain and simple fact that you’re having sex with another man and that makes you gay. 

    • JohnFrancisBittrich

      Not really. Being attracted to men makes you gay. It is totally possible to have sex with someone you are not attracted to. Rape in prison is generally more an assertion of dominance than anything else.

      • mannyfurious

        I love getting responses from people who read the first sentence of my post and nothing else. 

        Thanks.

        Anyhow, you’re splitting hairs. A man having sex with a man is a homosexual act. Whether it’s an act of dominance or an act of sexual attraction. There’s no way around it.

    • AlrightyThen

      Dude…you are an idiot. 

      • mannyfurious

        I’ve never claimed to be anything other….

  • Redacted

    While sexual violence against Men tends to be either underplayed or played for comedy, it is a real issue.

    This is, however, possibly the most ass backwards way to go about informing people of the issue.