The US Military’s Rape Culture by Naomi Wolf – Project Syndicate

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This is an excellent article written by Naomi Wolf and published by Project Syndicate. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it for a read. Check it out!

via The US Military’s Rape Culture by Naomi Wolf – Project Syndicate.

Personally, I struggle with feminism as a world-view. With well-established political views, I believe that philosophically, I’m a pragmatist, so I also struggle with the concept of rape culture. To be clear, I believe that rape is a crime and should be severely punished within the legal system.

As I reflected on the article, my mind drifted to an aside. I agree with John Gelmini’s view, expressed on this blog, that there are not enough good male role models in modern Western society.

This leads me to an interesting open question:

Has Western society gone soft and is it exposed to too much pressure from feminism?

Any thoughts?

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  14. “Has Western society gone soft and is it exposed to too much pressure from feminism?”

    Yes. To take your example of the military, this is incredibly evident in the lowering of standards for women entering the military. There is a reason that standards are imposed – because it is a very physically demanding job. I couldn’t care less whether a woman wants to join the military, but she should be prepared (just like men have to) to either shape up and prove their physical value, or get rejected.

    Feminism isn’t about equality anymore, it’s about privilege – the more women have, and less men have, the better in their eyes. It’s certainly a rape culture, but not of the kind they believe – more in the sense that the entirety of society is being manipulated by the ignorance and insolence of a select group of people that believe their word is that of divine truth.

    It’s a wonder that the movement is taken seriously in any way whatsoever today. It goes to show just how soft society really has become. Guilt is a more powerful motivating force than logic. One can only hope that at some point people come to their senses, before it’s too late to stop a complete collapse of western civilisation.

  15. One wonders whether Naomi Wolf has read any history or has been living on the same planet as the rest of us.

    Soldiers since the beginning of time have been involved in rape; Attilla the Hun’s men engaged in it; the Vikings did it; it happened in ancient Rome and the Duke of Wellington wrote about it with regard to his troops who at one stage raped large numbers of nuns.

    More recently, we had the experience of Russian troops raping practically any woman they found in Eastern Germany during the fall of Hitler’s 3rd Reich, the experiences of the Korean “Comfort Woman” and the inhabitants of Nanking, China under the Japanese.

    Then during the Bosnian War, we had the Serbs and Croats doing the same thing, and in Africa it was standard practice in the Congo when the UN peacekeepers went in and is standard practice in many of today’s wars of liberation.

    The Americans are no better or worse than anyone else when it comes to this sort of thing and whilst it should not be condoned and should be treated severely as a breach of military discipline it can no more be completely stopped than can the tide at Bosham in East Sussex which came in despite King Canute’s orders to make it turn back.

    We are when placed under extreme pressure and, in particular situations, no more than animals, once the veneer of civilization is stripped bare in battlefield and other situations which most of us will never have to experience and no amount of psycho-babble emanating from the comfort of a well heeled reporters /columnists office is going to change that.

    In civilian life, rape should be treated with the utmost severity and the rules of war need to be toughened up to deal with it, but we need to look more deeply at the alienation of unsuccessful young men and take action.

    This to ensure that they do not fail as often and then become powder kegs of hatred and resentment in bedsits ready to hack into computers, commit crime and commit rape on the one group of people physically weaker than they are which is what happens now in the very city that Naomi Wolf lives in and practically everywhere else.

    By not encouraging marriage, disenfranchising what would formerly have been blue collar workers, breeding resentment through excessive inequality,not teaching people the difference between right and wrong, suggesting that any lifestyle,no matter how bizarre is just fine and not giving people the ability to have an enabling philosophy of life we are creating the conditions for a lot more of this sort of thing and when the chickens come home to roost absolutely no-one should be surprised.

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