Originally Posted by Snowcone
****ing monstrous. I don't understand how people can think something so awful is a viable way to fix anything.
In some cultures, rape is seen as the women's fault... For example, in some parts of Peru, if a woman is raped, she can be forced to marry her rapist by her family... In other parts of the world, a woman can be killed for being raped, just like for having an affair, as again, it's seen as the woman's fault for being a temptress, or unfaithful (possibly having its roots in Abrahamic faith? As women are demonised in the Bible right from genesis imo). There have been cases of underaged girls being raped and the rapist not being convicted because the little girl 'provoked' them.
Probably not so many people know this, as it's a fairly international board, but marital rape was only made illegal in the UK in 1991... So before that, it wasn't seen as a crime because the woman is the property of the man...
I in no way intend to come across as a cultural relativist, as I don't think rape is ever in any way excusable (even though one in four people surveyed in the UK by Amnesty International seem to believe that if a woman is drunk, or wearing revealing clothing, or flirting and ends up raped, it is partially, if not entirely her fault)... But I think that rape is seen in different cultures, as something which isn't so bad... Whether it is a man's right to do what he pleases with his 'property', the woman's fault, or a weapon of war.