What’s Current: Spain court clears two men of rape charges because the assault was not ‘violent’ enough

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  • A Spain court cleared two men of rape despite the victim begging them to stop, because their actions were not “violent” enough to be considered sexual assault. The ruling said the men “took advantage of her vulnerable nature, which, added to her consumption of alcohol and antidepressants, may have weakened her ability to defend herself, thus making the use of violent or intimidatory acts unnecessary.”
  • More than 300,000 Canadian mothers have been separated from their newborns through forced adoption. These women, usually victims of date rape or sexual assault, were sent to homes for unmarried women, where they were isolated, abused, and forced to give up their child.
  • Data indicates that more than 10,000 women and girls in Finland have undergone female genital mutilation, and 3,000 girls currently at risk of being subjected to the procedure.
  • Columbian police have rescued 43 Venezuelan women who were being held captive and forced into prostitution.
  • 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived fatal heart attacks had they been given the same quality of treatment as men.
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  • Elara

    A lace thong is used as evidence that “she’s asking for it” and that it was not rape in Ireland. And now this in Spain. I’m not really surprised but I am speechless.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Thanks for your support <3 Twitter and the trans cabal are cowards.

  • NadineLumley

    Unfortunately the majority of circumcions performed on boys in Canada is not for religious reasons.

    • Meghan Murphy

      What is your point? Why are you talking about this here?

    • corvid

      Do you think feminists support circumcision?

  • Jebediah Atkinson

    Just to be accurate, it was NOT “because the rape was not violent enough”; it was because “there was no actual EVIDENCE that it was rape”. The alleged rape did not leave any physical evidence of force and there was no other corroborating evidence, other than the word of the woman.

  • therealcie

    Ugh…really, Dood?
    Yes, some men do wear lace thongs.
    Lace thongs are presented as an undergarment option and some women choose that option. That is why some women wear lace thongs.
    Now, go back under your bridge.

  • calabasa

    Seems like you tried to shove your own head so far up where the sun don’t shine you got sucked into the vortex of your own black hole and became nothing BUT asshole, and that’s how we are left with this giant, walking, farting orifice who goes around spewing shit in people’s general direction like the asshole that he is.

    I bet there are stench lines coming off you too, just like in the cartoons.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Because women are expected to be on display and visually pleasing to men .

  • Meghan Murphy

    FGM and male circumcision are done for very different reasons, and FGM is far more gruesome. Nonetheless, I do not support male circumcision. Also, in feminism, we focus on women’s issues. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about men, it just means men’s issues are not our primary focus.

  • corvid

    That’s because feminism is a movement for the liberation of females from patriarchy/male dominance and thus not about addressing male problems. It’s up to males to do their own advocacy and solve their own problems. Women have every right to a movement that focuses exclusively on our well-being. Idk what’s so hard for you to understand about this. Btw if you have a question about what feminists think of circumcision why don’t you be an adult and ask, instead of posting passive-aggressive comments?

  • Meghan Murphy

    I don’t understand who you are arguing with. We argue that women are socialized to self objectify… We don’t argue that men are ‘forcing’ women in such an overt way.

  • radwonka

    “Women PUT THEMSELVES on display.”

    How is it called when someone answers their own arguments to dismiss others?

  • corvid

    Holy shit. Feminists are among those most likely to support universal human rights as a matter of course. Feminism itself is about women’s rights, hence the prefix “fem.” Words mean things. You’re barking up the wrong tree, bud.

    • Sometimes focusing just only on women’s rights can hurt women: women’s rights are human rights but the two words are different.
      A good example:
      In my country the Supreme court recently established that it’s not discrimination to fire a man “just because he married”, it’s discrimination just only if it happen against a woman.
      That hurts women, too: most marriages, more than 95% marriages, are between a man and a woman, and when a man is fired because he married, then 95% times he have a wife, and by so his family loses his income and even the wife suffer.
      It would have been better for women to focus on the universal right to not discriminate people on the basis of marital status.
      There’s a subtle but extremely important difference between those approachs:
      “That’s an human right, this issue affect everyone, women are more affected”
      “That’s a women’s issue, it’s a matter of women’s rights”
      The Supreme court established that it’s okay to fire a man “just because he married” because it happens, that’s why the case arrived to the Supreme court: there have been multiple cases, and the lower courts always sided with the man, stating that there should be equality between men and women. Now the Supreme court rejected the idea, they pandered to corporations – corporations want the right to fire both women and men who marry, but they’re quite happy if they can fire men, it’s still better than nothing.
      Marriage for a man mean 15 days paid vacation, 5 days paternity leave + 2 hours per day paid leave per day for 3 months.
      Women are affected more because maternity leave is 5 months, but there’s a rationale to fire even men who marry.
      Now it’s legal, and it hurts their wives, too.

      • Meghan Murphy

        Why would a man be fired because he marries?

  • Meghan Murphy

    I still don’t understand what you’re talking about. When has there ever been a case of a man getting fired for getting married or for taking paternity leave?

  • Meghan Murphy

    Of course men objectify women and see them as pretty things to look at. Do you think women remove all their body hair or get breast implants or vaginoplasty or lip injections for other women??

    Porn culture/advertising/pop culture all play a role in informing women that they must be fuckable in order to be valuable. Individual men play a role, too, as, I’m sure, do individual women. We are all a part of this culture, socialized within it. We reinforce the rules in various ways.

  • corvid

    My new boyfriend, by his own admission, has a case of porn-induced erectile dysfunction. He thinks I’m beautiful but he can’t get it up when we’re together. So basically, if I want to be with him, in order to work around this, I will be forced to self-objectify in porny ways, and/or agree to have him look at porn while we’re together. OR he’ll have to lay off the porn for a long time. Or I’ll have to leave him. My point is, men as a class have such a strong psychological connection and investment in porn culture that it keeps being reproduced. The average woman doesn’t have control over what is deemed sexy by the media and we find ourselves in an intractable bind when we do want to attract men.
    None of this justifies your attitude, which is that women deserve rape because we sometimes wear lacy underwear under our clothes. Or am I misunderstanding you?

  • corvid

    What’s obscene here is your insistence that women’s concealed lacy undergarments make us responsible for being raped.

  • corvid

    You are insulting all women with your rape apologist comments.

  • corvid

    No woman ever puts on an item of clothing with the intention of being raped. Trying to be attractive to the opposite sex is not an invitation to rape. Men do bodybuilding and sometimes flaunt their bodies for the same reasons. Do such men deserve to be raped? Would you like courts to start exhibiting briefs and muscle shirts from male rape victims?

  • corvid

    You’re directly contradicting yourself.
    As if men don’t rape “prudish,” “modest,” “cautious” women. Or young girls. Or babies. Or the elderly. Or women who are wearing pants.
    What’s the matter, Jeb? You seem to be getting upset. Why don’t you have a cup of soothing herbal tea and press “caps lock” again.

  • corvid

    You are insinuating that women’s underwear is an invitation to rape. Duh.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Clearly, considering how much space you are taking up here, this is by no means an echo chamber. I’m just not going to let you shit up the entire comment section. You’re annoying everyone and wasting their time already.

  • radwonka

    Well you answered your own question in the previous comment, so if that’s what you keep doing, I can understand why you are censored…

  • Meghan Murphy

    Grow up.

  • corvid

    Cite some then.

    • At your service:
      According to the FBI “[t]he rate of forcible rapes in 2012 was estimated at 52.9 per 100,000 female inhabitants.”
      Assuming that all American women are uniformly at risk, this means the average American woman has a 0.0529 percent chance of being raped each year, or a 99.9471 percent chance of not being raped each year. That means the probability the average American woman is never raped over a 50-year period is 97.4 percent (0.999471 raised to the power 50). Over 4 years of college, it is 99.8 percent.
      Thus the probability that an American woman is raped in her lifetime is 2.6 percent and in college 0.2 percent.

  • corvid

    What is your point Mr. Devil’s Advocate? To rub our faces in the obvious reality of systemic misogyny? Do you get some kind of perverse kick out of it? You’re a boon to any man who wants to get away with raping a drunk woman. Or a woman wearing a lace thong.

    • My point is that you are wrong: there is no “systemic misogyny”.
      I don’t want any man to “get away with raping a drunk woman.”

      But I don’t want “drunk women dancing around in public in lace thongs” either….because they will probably be sexually harassed and/or raped. I advocate RECOGNIZING REALITY.

      I either case, there must be EVIDENCE to successfully prosecute any criminal case.

  • Meghan Murphy

    no

  • corvid

    No it isn’t. Children don’t tell each other to “grow up.” Lol