Rape Doesn't Exist

Part Wev in an ongoing series…

In the Morning Readings, Pet briefly touched on the AP's refusal to use the word rape in their coverage of the FLDS polygamist compound in Texas, despite half of the teenage girls being pregnant.

Via email, Shaker Reba points out that the AP coverage also includes the ridiculous passage (emphasis mine):
The sect, which broke from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints more than a century ago, believes polygamy brings glorification in heaven. Its leader, Warren Jeffs, is revered as a prophet. Jeffs was convicted last year in Utah of forcing a 14-year-old girl into marriage with an older cousin.
Um, no—he was convicted of two counts of being an accomplice to rape. Rape is the criminal act to which he was found guilty of being an accomplice and for which he was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life. Not "forcing a girl into marriage."

The aversion to using the word "rape" is just farcical at this point, when even a man who has been convicted of being an accomplice to rape is protected from an association with the word.

Shakesville is run as a safe space. First-time commenters: Please read Shakesville's Commenting Policy and Feminism 101 Section before commenting. We also do lots of in-thread moderation, so we ask that everyone read the entirety of any thread before commenting, to ensure compliance with any in-thread moderation. Thank you.

blog comments powered by Disqus