Rape makes some people think about sexy boobs

This is for the slow learners in the Australian mainstream media: Rape is not sex. How hard is that to understand?

This is the write-off for a video on smh.com.au:

Attention SMH: rape is not like a heart attack

“Suffered a sex attack”. What the fuck? You suffer a heart attack. You DO NOT suffer a sex attack. Why not just say, “had some bad sex but it’s her fault”, because when you suffer something it’s something to do with you. You suffer allergies, not gang rape.

This is the image most news sites used to illustrate the story about US reporter Lara Logan being raped:

News Ltd douchebaggery

Logan was gang raped at work and they include a photo of HER BOOBS. What kind of person illustrates a story about gang rape with a SEXY PHOTO? What kind of person illustrates a story about a woman being gang raped at work with a photo that reduces the victim to her body parts?

At least we don’t have the level of public offensiveness and victim blaming that’s going on in the US (What not to say about Lara Logan), but still. This photo makes you stare at her boobs. This photo makes you think, “wow, she’s gorgeous”. It’s only a small step from there to thinking, “wow, I’d like to have sex with her too”. And it’s the “too” bit that’s the problem because that means you’ve just excused the rapists and blamed Logan for being raped. And it means you can’t distinguish between consensual sex and an illegal act.

12 responses to “Rape makes some people think about sexy boobs

  1. There are two things that I really hate about news reports concerning violence, death and disaster.

    1. The need to find cheesecake shots of good looking victims.

    2. The need to accompany the report with pictures/footage of prone victims bleeding copiously.

    3. The tendency to incorporate biographical information in a checklist format: ‘Miss x, 47 year old dental assistant and mother of 3’.

    There is a dark flip side, a nasty jealous flip side of posting this photograph which is even more sinister. The suggestion is that if one is unattractive one is unlikely to be raped. This, of course, is completely bollocks and not borne out by any evidence. Rape is a crime of violence and anger not lust.

    • Don’t forget:

      “When reporting crime, we include info – right near the top of the story which makes it Really Important – about the offender’s religion and skin colour if they are Muslim and/or not white.”

    • I had an argument with a news ed once, who had included the highly offensive line “enjoyed the company of men” in a story about a woman being raped. She ended up taking the line out.

      • WTF? For fucking real? Enjoyed the company of men? SHE finally removed it? My ire and shock is such that I cannot form complete sentences or finish a thought to it’s end….I mean FFS Fuck me like a pig tree. How does a WOMAN propose such an idiotic and shaeful/hateful line in a rape story?

        Colour me fucking appalled.

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  3. I find the gloating she got her comeuppance disturbing as well. The hatred is blatant: and I don’t know if it is personal towards Logan, or to women in general.
    I’m sure Logan has benefited because she possesses white culturally normative beauty, and women-haters get really cross when a woman benefits from the system that is meant to keep her out. From what I have read, Logan is a talented and hard-working person, and can’t be dismissed as a bimbo, which makes the women-haters even crosser. Logan has experienced the violence that is used to punish people who break sexist gender norms: and people are not ashamed to come out and say “Good, she got what she deserved”. It is appalling.

    • I know. I just don’t understand why anyone would wish such a horrible assault on someone they don’t even know.

      • It’s because other people are assholes . (I fail to find a term strong enough to really call them for what they are. And I hesitate to use the term people)

        So much for evolution and the supposed “sapience” of homo sapien.

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  5. Totally agreed with this post, up until the ending: «And it’s the “too” bit that’s the problem because that means you’ve just excused the rapists and blamed Logan for being raped. And it means you can’t distinguish between consensual sex and an illegal act.»

    Finding Lara Logan attractive and desirable does NOT in ANY WAY excuse the rapists. Like you say, “rape is not sex”. I think I can distinguish the two pretty well, and that’s precisely why I take offence at that last paragraph. I cant possibly avoid feeling attracted to her (also for her brains, not just her looks), but raping her would NEVER cross my mind. The mere thought sickens me.

    Wanting to have sex with her is not the same as wanting to rape (which is more about power and humiliation than anything) her or excusing the ones that did it! I’m sorry, but on the last paragraph you are the one who seems to be confusing the two…

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