More Rape Culture

What do feminists mean when they say we live in a ‘rape culture’? For one thing, a culture where rape and intense happiness can be referred to by a single word.

So let’s go to wordnet and look up ‘ravishment’. It has two definitions:

“a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment”


“the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will”

Look ‘ravish’ up somewhere else, say, wiktionary. Here again we find:

“to seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force”

“to transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy”

“to rape”

So when the Martian documentary-maker arrives tomorrow, how am I supposed to explain this?

3 Responses to “More Rape Culture”

  1. links for 2009-05-27 « Rumblegumption Says:

    […] More Rape Culture « Directionless Bones […]

  2. Awais Aftab Says:

    I get to hear at least one joke every week that is about some woman enjoying being raped.

  3. F. Says:

    Exactly. It’s disgusting.

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