Thursday, October 13, 2016

The So-Called "She-Isn't-Good-Looking-Enough" Defense

Our Juristic History Department (JHD) has a few comments one might take into account should one hear a "Just look at her" defense against allegations of sexual assault:

Several years ago, Luis Sharpe, the then highest paid Arizona Cardinal, when accused of raping his sitter, held a televised press conference, with a blow-up photograph of the victim, asserting that the allegations of rape were ludicrous given how unattractive she was. Last December, following an accusation by his opponent that he was a rapist, a Brazilian congressman, Jair Bolsonaro, said of the opponent, that he would not rape her “because she is not worth it, because she’s ugly, she’s not my type. I would never rape her.” Reacting to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, internet users questioned whether he would have raped his accuser because of how “ugly” she was and the French media rated her attractiveness. Of all the myths about rape, one of the most damaging is that men do it because they are overcome with lust for a super-model type of woman whom they cannot resist. As Julie Bindel put it: "Rape is a sadistic act of punishment. We are raped by men who hate us, not by those who desire us so much they have no self- control. They do it to control us and then they tell us we are mad for imagining it happened because we are not good enough for them to violate, abuse and colonize." 

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