Rape Culture and the Misapplication of Power
One of the MANY heinous things about rape culture is its message about power. To be able to demand/force sex from someone IS power according to rape culture. Therefore, it should be no surprise that according to a:
"study, published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 43% of high school boys and young college men reported they had an unwanted sexual experience, and 95% reported that a female acquaintance was the aggressor. "Sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States, but the victimization of men is rarely explored," said the lead author, Dr. Breanna French. "Our findings can help lead to better prevention by identifying the various types of coercion that men face and by acknowledging women as perpetrators against men.""
This sucks. Rape is not about sex – it’s about power. The largely ignored world of female-male sexual assault is a fine example of some women trying to earn a stronger place in the patriarchy by conscripting a supposed “masculine” trait for their own empowerment. I am disgusted that some women do this, but not shocked.
Bill Maher, whose liberal politics don’t mitigate his sexism, upheld rape culture by mocking the entire concept of female-male sexual assault:
"Bill Maher mentioned this research on last night's "Real Time". Unfortunately, it was in the sorta segment that straight up perpetuated the myth that all men want sex all the time. Where women get slut-shamed, men can't because the double standard says that they're always sluts. [He hit] on all the male victim tropes: the victim's masculinity is called into question, the victim is told to be happy about getting laid, and the narrator talks about being desperate enough to sleep with someone vastly unsuitable. It ends off by calling male victimization "Lucky Bastard Syndrome""
“Lucky Bastard Syndrome” is no different from the rape “joke” that “if its gonna happen anyway, might as well lay back and enjoy it”. Both minimize the trauma of sexual assault and both perpetuate harmful gender ideologies that serve to reinforce the patriarchal hegemony.
Yet feminism it the one accused of hating men.