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Rape is Rape

9 Dec

Rape is Rape

I hate trying to justify rape or picture rape as black or white. You either you liked it or you didn’t. You are not the victim nor does a matter like this need to be publicized over campus because of a student basketball player is involved. It’s upsetting that girls still face problems like this even with society coming a long way from a past view rape as black and white. Right away people were taking the side of the basketball player just because she admitted to going along with it. In a situation of fear the body tends to freeze and the mind tends to try and block out painful memories which is why it is hard for someone who does not know her raper to describe what he looks like to police as I learn in a few of my psych classes. When one does not enjoy the act the two are committing and it has especially been addressed for them to know that the other is not enjoying it or had no intention to have sexual contact it is a violation and should be treated as one. The public is letting the rich and famous get away with murder and rape on a daily basis and is sending a terrible message to the young people and teenage girls entering into the life of college where dreams are to be created and accomplished not destroyed

Trending: “IncestFest”

11 Oct

Recently, we have been discussing incest in my Family Law class; in light of that, I decided to search for an article concerning that unsettling topic. Initially, I was hoping to find some disgusting, soap opera- like story to entertain all of us, but I found something else, and I found it to be much more thought provoking.


I came across an article written for the Harvard Crimson, addressing the title “IncestFest,” meant to describe the existence of very close communities, or houses. The author of this opinion, Samantha Berstiler, does not approve of throwing the word “incest” around when the reality of this word is terrifying and should be respected.


http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/10/9/berstler-incest/         If you’d like to read the article.


This made me think of several other relate able topics, which today receive little respect. Interestingly enough, all the topics generally have something to do with sex, whether it be incest, rape, or intercourse. Honestly, I do not know why this is. Why has sex become blase´? I realize that we are living in a sexual generation where sex, particularly before marriage, is more accepted and honestly, I think, assumed. But when did sex leave the realm of sensuality and seriousness and step through the threshold of hilarity?


Phrases such as “that’s what SHE said!” and  “under the sheets” are prevalent in everyday conversation, and it is not just among high school students and college students. I hear snickers for these comments from older adults.


Do you think sex is funny? If so, why? Does the joking make one perceive it in a less significant light?

When A Man Is the Victim

6 Sep

I am currently in Family Law or Political Science 241, and this is a class that cultivates a lot of very interesting discussion. Also, wanting to be a family lawyer makes this class extremely interesting to me.

Recently, the class got on the topic of rape and the difference between men and women under this subject. Since talking about it in class, I have done quite a bit of searching, hoping to find interesting articles or stories pertaining to men who have been raped. However, normally it will be said that the male was “sexually assaulted.”

I’m bringing this up because often we focus on how women are treated differently than men and not taken as seriously, but what about the man? I do not agree with the belief that a man cannot be raped. Respectfully, in my opinion, they absolutely can. It may not happen as often, but unfortunately, it is happening.


What do all of you think?

a wake-up call

23 Aug

In light of the national conversation about rape – and while it’s an ugly topic, it is a very real topic for all women and deserves the national dialogue – this is the first I’ve heard of another side to the story.

What laws are in place to protect the woman pregnant as a result of a rape after the child is born?  As Shauna Prewitt so heartbreakingly writes, in 31 states, not many.

A must read.  And a wake-up call to those 31 state legislatures.  And time for women to start insisting – loudly – that these legislators need to do just that.