Thursday, April 04, 2013

Czinger: "Sexual Regret Is Not Rape"

This is good.

Of most interest to me is the objection to the grossly defective term "rape culture." This is a term that is so loosely defined, and thrown around so irresponsibly, that it creates a kind of conceptual train wreck. It would be bad enough if we just encountered relatively clear sentences containing the unclear term--like "we live in a rape culture. Then at least we could simply ask for clarification and hold the proposition up for confirmation or disconfirmation. Instead, the term is typically thrown in as part of a kind of presupposition. So you're more likely to encounter claims like "In addition to having to deal with rape culture, women must..."

It should go without saying that a rejection of the confused term 'rape culture' in no way entails that rape is not an enormous problem. It's too bad this even has to be said.

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