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Daily show take on the subject:
Rape is already one of the least prosecuted crimes- less than 2% of CONVICTED rapists serve time even though most women (1 out of 3 women reports a rape in her lifetime- most scientists believe 70% of rapes aren't reported so just imagine how many women are really being raped and how often and ugh how many men must be rapists.)
This is not because we cannot house rapists in prison this is because we do not believe rape is a serious crime as a culture. 8 out 10 black men are in prison for personal marijuana use (even though white males are significantly more likely to use marijuana 8-1 when compared to black men they are not imprisoned for the same crime at comparable rates.)
About six month ago a male Californian judge said on HLN we should "legalize rape because it's not a real crime and if we ever want any babies born rape is necessary." I can't believe American is becoming such a misogynist country- things have been getting worse for women over the last 10 years. I truly thought when I was a child I would see legal equality for women in my lifetime now I doubt it will happen in the next 100 years. By legal equality I mean the ERA- full human rights for women- the same ones people of color enjoy.
To not consider rape at least the second worse crime is just a way of creating a way of terrorizing women so they can be controlled and kept in a second class status. Rape isn't in the 10 commandments so it doesn't count. Rape is the only crime where we blame the victim. No one ever asks why a white man wore that expensive suit when he got mugged- no one suggests he was asking for it. In many ways rape is worse than murder (as a behavior) because you can accidentally knock someone over and they could die hitting their head wrong but you can't accidentally have your penis fall into someone vagina. I guess in a strange way that judge was sort of right. How can we ever have consensual sex if the person straight women are having sex with has more legal and human rights? Isn't that then the same as statutory rape? Funny that only 50% of American women will ever experience an orgasm... it couldn't possibly be because most women are being attacked in the vagina!? No it's that women are less sexual than men- um ya. Sorry to digress but the subjects are sort of a mobious strip.
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Residual disadvantage left over from when women were aggressively discriminated against, mostly. Why do the NAACP and United Negro College Fund still exist? Because they're needed.
We have groups pushing to drive women back into a subordinate role in society. Groups are needed to counterbalance in the opposite direction. If women were treated equally on an individual level, almost everywhere, and we were just trying to maintain equality against groups trying to drive them into submission, I would be in a more equalist pose. That's not the case, though. In much of society, they really are discriminated against, still. We're not there yet.
I do oppose feminism. As I have stated, I identify as an Equalist, supporting equal opportunities for all genders in all areas of society.
And while there was a requirement that I identify as an Atheist before joining the Nexus, there was no requirement that I identify as a Feminist before joining this sub-forum. It is presented as a forum for discussing Feminism as it relates to Atheism.
And, even if it was limited solely to those supporting Feminist Mythology, would that justify the posting of false facts and figures on a public forum? This would seem anathema to the spirit of Atheist Nexus.
Which is why I popped up in defense of him. I don't agree with a lot of his stance on equalism over feminism, but when he's got a point, he's got a point.
Yup, I got that. I was just adding my two cents, which happened to mostly be ambivalence.
You're making the theist/atheist/anti-theist definitional error, when you say that. Someone who isn't a feminist isn't therefore a misogynist.