Rape Culture is: Honoring a Child Molester
By Betty Fokker on January 13, 2014
You know, I used to think the fact our society trivializes sexual assault by acting as if sex offenders are not really such bad guys was one of the most blatant signs of being a rape culture. It disgusted me that people were welcoming Mike Tyson back into the fold regardless of the fact he raped an 18 year old woman. His sorry ass is banned from entering the UK to shill his bullshit autobiography, but people over here attend the book signings and give him guest spots on TV in spite of the fact he has never expressed remorse of raping someone. Hell, Spike Lee even directed Tyson in a new movie, wherein this happens:
"I did not rape [her]," Tyson says to the applauding New York audience in Undisputed Truth. (What makes this more awkward is that, in the same performance, Tyson jokes about not knowing whether to beat or sexually attack young pretty-boy Brad Pitt, who he once caught supposedly having an affair with ex-wife Robin Givens.) … "How do you rape someone when they come to your hotel room at two in the morning?" Tyson has written, in what has got to be one of the all-time worst rebuttals to serious accusations of brutal rape.”
Yes, denial and rape jokes. He’s totally rehabilitated he is.
Then there is the whole Roman Polanski thing. His exile is bemoaned (he lives mansions in Europe for fokk’s sake, not a shack in Siberia) and it is treated as a great tragedy that he didn’t get to come get his Oscar in person, while the fact he admitted to drugging and raping a child is glossed over or excused.
Apparently our culture has become so rape apologist that raping someone is a hardship for the rapist. Lawyers for the boys CONVICTED of sexually assaults on teen girls in Louisville, KY and Steubenville, OH have both made public statements hoping that their clients can manage to get on with their lives. One attorney, Chris Klein, said that being outed as rapists “may create problems for them in the future."There's always that possibility and in any type of scenario like this you run that risk," he said. "Now whether both these boys can overcome those hurdles, it's too early to determine that." The attorney for one of the Steubenville rapists said his client, “endured hardness beyond imagine for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life.”
But just minimizing the severity of a rapist’s crimes are not enough for rape culture anymore. Nope. Apparently we are supposed to HONOR these asshats as though the sex offence never happened. No matter how young the victim.
At the Golden Globes last night, Woody Allen received an honorary award. Diane Keaton accepted it for him on his behalf “while waxing rhapsodic about his ability to work with actresses”.
For the love of God, this is the same piece of shit who molested one adopted daughter and married another adopted daughter, Soon Yi Previn. His now-wife had to have begun a sexual relationship with him when she was still a teenager at the oldest. She says she was twenty, but her story literally doesn’t add up. The scandal broke in 1992 when Mia Farrow found the nude & sexual pictures Woody had taken of their child and left the bastard. Soon Yi turned twenty on October 8, 1993. I’m not good at math but I know how to count. She was still a teen. Legal? Yes. But still his teenaged daughter.
I am not the only one revolted by Woody Allen’s honors last night. Ronan Farrow, Woody’s understandably estranged son, tweeted “Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” That was a napalm burn, right there.
Good for Ronan.
Woody Allan has the same shriveled, grotesque soul as any other sexual predator. His actions speak for themselves:
“The author Priscilla Gilman, Matthew Previn’s girlfriend in high school and college, was constantly in and out of Mia’s apartment. One day, she recalls, Matthew called her at Yale and said, “ ‘I have to come over. It’s just so horrible.’ He was green, and he fell on my sofa. ‘Woody’s having an affair with Soon-Yi.’ Soon-Yi was the last person I would have thought of,” she says. Matthew showed her the naked photos of Soon-Yi that Mia had found. “They were extremely pornographic—really disturbing.” Gilman says she had always thought Soon-Yi, whom she characterized as the nerd of the family, had a crush on Matthew. “He definitely picked on the most sheltered person,” she continues, referring to Allen. “It took her hours to do her homework; she had a tutor.” Soon-Yi also had trouble bonding. “I remember Matthew saying she’d scratch and spit at him,” says Gilman … Allen, in turn, according to Gilman and others, did everything he could to woo Mia back and to continue seeing Dylan. “I did witness him begging her to get back together—many times,” Gilman asserts, “saying Soon-Yi meant nothing to him, and it was a ‘cry for help,’ because it was hard after the baby [Ronan] was born. I remember him coming over with presents.”
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