Isn’t it funny how one comment can completely distract you from what you ought to be doing?
About ten minutes ago I was wrapping up my “Twittering” after beginning a brief discussion with a fellow self-published author. His tweet was “I’d rather people be reading my novels 100 years from now than to get rich off them in my lifetime.” I said that I felt the same way but that I hoped the issues I write about won’t be relevant in 100 years. He asked what issues I wrote about and I said “My novella is about a young woman recovering from rape. I hope nobody ever has to deal with that.”
It’s his response to this statement that prompted me to drop my homework (which I was just getting started on) and write about what he said. He said, “I’m sure rape will be around as long as men and women are around.”
Just let that sink in for a minute.
“I’m sure rape will be around as long as men and women are around.”
Now, I can definitely relate to Nellie Forbush in South Pacific when she sings her heart out, “I’m stuck, like a dope, on a thing called hope and I can’t get it out of my heart!” However, I don’t think it’s my “cockeyed” optimism that makes me think that this statement is completely untrue. I cannot believe that there will be such intense disrespect for others until the end of time. I feel that we are getting better all the time.
Look at SlutWalk and all the change that is making. Look at the uproar against Rush Limbaugh for his inflammatory, disrespectful, and untrue statements about Sandra Fluke. Everywhere there are changes being made that make our society a better place to be.
Finally, I believe that with attitudes like the one I’m talking about here, rape will be around forever. If you think it’s always going to be around why would you do anything to change it?
So, despite these attitudes, I am confident that rape will not be around forever. People simply need to understand that it is not about sex, it is about power. Rape is about view someone as less than human. If we can accept each other as liberated and free-thinking individuals rape will stop.