Rape Myths Past and Present
Rape myths past and present
New Statesman - London,England,UK
... half of rape victims are lying, but a major Home Office research project in 2000-2003 concluded that only three per cent of rape allegations were false. ...
Surprisingly, these rape myths are as strong today as they were in Stump’s time. Many doctors and lawyers in the nineteenth century didn’t think it was even possible to rape a resisting woman. In a phrase that appears time and again, it is “impossible to sheath a sword into a vibrating scabbard”. Metaphorically, the penis was coded as a weapon; the vagina, its passive receptacle. Merely by “vibrating”, this receptacle could ward off attack.
A man who doesn’t want to take care of his kid is called a deadbeat dad; a woman who doesn’t want to take care of her kid is called pro-choice.