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The feminist and rapist rhetoric of hate

The dankprofessor has previously pointed out that the response to the Heather Mac Donald LA Times article on on the campus rape crisis myth has too often been characterized by dehumanizing and degrading and angry rhetoric directed toward Heather Mac Donald and her defenders. I was subject to the super asshole label on the Astraea’s Scales blog. Ms. Scales and the dankprofessor did have an exchange on her comment section. The exchange follows.

The dankprofessor stated-

What the dankprofessor finds ironic is that the writer of this post has an attitudinal framework which is similar to the psychological framework of many rapists. Rapists attempt to psychologically degrade their victims. If such degradation is successful, the rapist ends up creating victims in their own image- victims who feel angry, hurt, powerless, guilty, fearful and vengeful. Such is often called passing the sting.

It is no easy task to transcend this vicious cycle of degradation. If victims are to get beyond their victimage, such is more likely to occur in a situation of empathy, and empowerment, not one characterized by anger and hostility.

Another rapist dynamic is impersonality and dehumanization. For rapists, their victims are faceless; they use their victims for their own psychological gratifications; any personal knowledge of the victims is irrelevant. A victim is just another asshole. And for the writer of this Astraea’s Scales blog, there is no need to know the dankprofessor; I am faceless, just another asshole; just another rape enabler.

I suggest that the writer of the Scales blog consider the possibility that her rhetoric is a rhetoric of rape.

Astraea’s responds-

I think the fact that the dankprofessor compares a feminist woman to a rapist while criticizing MY lack of reasoned debate speaks volumes.

The dankprofessor responds-

I did not compare you to a rapist; I indicated that you engage in a rape rhetoric. Rapists engage in degrading and demeaning words and deeds. In their rape mentality, their victims are dehumanized and faceless. For them women simply exist as things to be used for their gratification. And, as I stated previously, the effect of the rape on their victims often leads to creating victims who reflect the the rapist mentality- anger, fear, powerlessness.

The fact that you simply made short shrift of my previous comment either means that you know little or nothing about rape and its effects or you are in denial about said effects.

The fact that you wrap yourself in a feminist label is irrelevant. Don’t fret about labels, fret about being open to the truth.

The dankprofessor also wishes to indicate that I do not see these posts on the response to the Heather Mac Donald piece to be unrelated to the focus of the dankprofessor blog- the campus repression of student professor consenting sexual relationships. Such repression is often advocated by those wrapping themselves in a feminist garb and using the most degrading and angry rhetoric directed at their opponents. It is the same rhetoric and garb that is used in this campus rape imbroglio. It is something more than righteous indignation; it is righteous hatred.

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Barry M. Dank aka the dankprofessor™
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February 29, 2008 Posted by | consensual relationships, ethics, feminism, Heather Mac Donald, higher education, rape, sexual politics | 1 Comment

   

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