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January 27, 2013 / Fantelius

The Many Shapes of Rape


The picture shows a marked rock carving in Norrkoping, Sweden. What did the artist, sitting alongside Motala River, want to illustrate? Numerous interpretations accompany this mystery lady, none of which have achieved general acceptance.

Could it be a testimony about a rape? Were women raped 3000 years ago? Surely they were. The Bible tells us so. Were women as likely to be raped then as they are today? Surely they were not.

Rape occurs rampantly today throughout the world. Rebecca Solnit exposed the extent of the rape ”epidemic” in a TomDispatch article the other day.

She has not however put the numbers in perspective. How do they compare, for instance, with the 1970s, 80s or 90s? Perhaps the figures aren’t available.

In one respect we can be certain that the rape rate is growing. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have shown conclusively in their book The Spirit Level that an increased gap between the rich and the poor increases social problems; the greater the inequality, the greater all forms of social disintegration. In other words, the more the economy gets raped, the more women get raped. It’s not high science.

Among the causes we need look no further than our Homo sapiens minds. Our frontal lobe has evolved to measure our worth by our contribution to the well-being of our tribe, our community. People who have no say in the course of events, who have no influence on the workings of society, become alienated and socially deformed. They lose their own social worth and therefore see no value in anything else, not even in personal integrity. Speaking of a woman’s honor, the biological need to protect the sanctity of our women, sounds like the rantings of a mad man to the decayed mind of the marginalized and alienated rapist.

The rampage of rape will continue as long as the rampage of injustice and extreme inequality grows.



“Recognizing symptoms is a first step in curing a disease.”
Dartwill Aquila


(Tomorrow: Trophy Lady)

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