Warning: Radical Feminist Essentialist Analysis Ahead! The term, “rape culture,” has been around since the 1970s and has been used to define the behavior of males in relation to women and girls. It is and has been a useful term and yet, I find the idea of rape culture to be a flawed one. Here is why:
While the term, “rape culture,” is very useful in analyzing the different types of male violence and the behavior of males toward women and girls, it is not useful in effecting any change in the status quo. It can become an excuse for male behavior, which relies on the belief that male behavior is simply culture and can somehow be changed.
This is wrong. Males rape. Males are violent toward women and girls. They do this because they are males and not because of cultural norms or cultural expectations. Males sometimes like having these excuses so they can blame women, especially mothers and single mothers, in particular. But, more often than not, they issue denials of the existence of rape culture, which usually centers on a denial of the mass epidemic of rape that exists the world over. Of course, the truth is that rape is as ubiquitous as air. It’s everywhere. It’s what men do. But, it is not “culture.”
Male denials of rape culture, centering on a denial of the everyday normalcy of rape, are a psyop (psychological operation, a propaganda tactic used against an enemy in war). When they claim that 1 in 3 or 1 in 5 women are raped, this is a psyop. We know that nearly 100% of women are sexually assaulted and most are raped by a man, at least, once in their lifetimes. Many of us have been raped multiple times by multiple males – yet, there are no statistics to reflect that. Their statistics, also, do not reflect the victims of institutionalized rape in the form of prostitution, medical rape, and sex-on-demand, which is a norm in marriage and male/female cohabitation – these victims are entirely ignored. Nor could any statistic reflect the horror, the damage to our bodies, our spirits, and our psyches, or the overall damage to society, as a whole, which is full to the brim with traumatized girls and women, in many cases, unable to function at their maximum because of the onslaught of male violence and the threats thereof – the stalking, the perpetual harassment, the endless terror of it all.
We know it is a psyop because we know our own experiences and the experiences of our mothers, our grandmothers, our sisters, our aunts, and our friends. I don’t know any women who have not been raped – and not only raped because rape doesn’t take place in a vacuum – there is other violence, as well – strangling, being held at gunpoint (loaded policeman’s service revolver in my face), being held against our will, injuries to our internal organs, being battered and bruised – these are the experiences we know and so male lies don’t phase us much – we know these are males, again, doing what males do to women and girls and lying about it.
Denials of the existence of rape culture come from males on both the left and the right. But there is a grain of truth in these denials – men know the truth: There is no rape culture, as such. There is only men and their inherently violent, sexually perverse, brain-damaged, testosterone-poisoned selves. Rape culture is men being men, it is “boys being boys.” I don’t say this to dismiss this problem. On the contrary, confronting the fact that the male human is inherently, innately violent, especially directing his violence at the creator class – women and girls – is the only way to get at the foundation of the problem of male violence and root it out – or, at least, greatly reduce it.
Men are the same all over this planet. Men behave like savage demons toward women and girls the world over – not because of culture, something that might be changed or somewhat modified – but, because they are men. Male violence toward women and girls exists because of the universal, inherent nature of males. It cannot be altered – not even by themselves.
The problem with believing in the notion of “rape culture” is it leads to the idea that males can be changed, can be socialized not to rape, or to reduce their raping a little, or to, at least, not behave like demons toward survivors of their crimes. This is impossible for them, however, because it goes against their nature. It’s like asking water not to be wet.
This is why men laugh when we talk about “rape culture.” The entire patriarchal system was created by men so they could rape women and girls. In fact, we live in a rapeocracy – a nation – and, in fact, an entire world – ruled by rapists and supported by them.
This, again, is why appealing to men to stop rape, even to stop the rape of little girls, or to stop sex trafficking in women and children, or to put an end to pay-to-rape, is futile and quite absurd.
Therefore, I ask you to envision a world in which the number of male children born is very, very small. Imagine a world in which men die – mostly of natural causes – without male off-spring. What would that world look like? Would we need many laws? Would we need prisons anymore? Would we still have to look over our shoulders constantly? What would it feel like if we did not have to fear waking up to a man on top of us in our beds while we sleep? What would the social order look like? What would be regarded as normal or abnormal? What would women be doing differently?
I urge you to think about these things and, if you are inclined, write a fictional story about it. Post it online for everyone to read for free or sell it.
Fiction and non-fiction are both very powerful. We cannot change males, but we can change ourselves, how we view males, and how we deal with them. We already know that they cannot be educated out of raping or in any other way socialized out of abusing women and girls. This leads us to one solution. Write about how we are going to get there. Or write about life when we are already there.
Putting this idea out into the mental realm (metaphysically, an energetic field of ideas that can be transmitted from mind to mind) will help make it happen.