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We don’t have a rape culture, we have a victim culture

11 June 2015

2:04 PM

11 June 2015

2:04 PM

It takes courage to tell a bunch of Canadian feminists marching against ‘rape culture’ that they are talking rubbish. And courage is something Lauren Southern, a reporter for The Rebel, has in spades. She had the guts to go to a ‘SlutWalk’ in Vancouver holding a sign that said: ‘There is no rape culture in the west’. You can see her video above.

Lauren makes a good point. Canada is hardly a rapist’s paradise. ‘Rapists go to prison here,’ she says. ‘Rapists are actually hated here. Rapists are fired from their jobs. Men who make rape jokes are fired from their jobs.’ But it is lost on the SlutWalkers, who are so desperate to talk about — and display — their bodies that they will not listen to reason.


That’s partly because, in 21st century English, rape has become a stun-grenade of a word: its utterance blows up common sense. And common sense suggests that westerners don’t live in a rape culture. We live in a victim culture — the perfect expression of which is a group of women daubing themselves with the word slut and walking about un-dressed to make a statement about sexual violence. In the name of drawing attention to the most misogynistic act, they get to feel persecuted, and so draw attention to themselves.

Dissenting male voices are easily frozen out of feminist talk of rape. Perhaps that’s just as well. We are (in the vast majority of cases) the perpetrators, and it doesn’t do any man any good to spend his days on the internet insisting that he is not a rapist. Still, without wishing to sound like another wannabe victim, it is cheering for us to see a woman speaking sense to nonsense about rape. God bless Lauren Southern. Somebody should give her a medal.


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