The current FBI definition of rape is “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” As we’ve said before, this erases victims of rape who are forced to penetrate, generally men forced to have sex with women. The number of victims who are erased this way is not insignificant; according to the 2010 CDC NISVS, it’s almost equal to the number of women who are raped.
While the FBI definition doesn’t have a direct legal impact, it affects how crime statistics are collected and serves as a model to state legislatures. This continued erasure is a self-perpetuating cycle that must be stopped. Rape victims who are not ciswomen victimized by cismen need more support. With this in mind, I’m asking any readers of this post to help me in an effort to try and create a world in which fewer rape victims are erased.
While it’s probably unrealistic to expect the FBI to change their definition again in the next few years, it might be possible to encourage certain other organizations to stop erasing male victims. RAINN in particular is a very popular source of statistics regarding rape, some of which erase many victims.
I’d like to get as many people as possible to contact RAINN at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org on Saturday, March 15, 2014, asking them to consider using a more gender-inclusive definition for their statistics and rape awareness campaigns. It would be best for all of this contact to happen all on the same day; it’s easy to ignore a few scattered pleas, but a flood of concern is harder to brush off. Until that date, I’d like people to reblog this post and spread the message as much as possible. Talking to local feminist groups or other gender rights-oriented groups is particularly important. Additionally, I’d like anyone interested in taking a more active role to contact me; a clearer line of communication would help me organize this effort.
While we most likely will not succeed at actually getting RAINN to change their policies, this campaign will increase the visibility male victims, help us learn how to organize social justice campaigns, foster positive connections with feminist groups, and encourage greater activism within the MRM and egalitarian movements.
What do you guys think?
March 15 is in about a week, so we’re reminding people that this is a thing. Please reblog and mark your calendars!
It’s mostly me reblogging from him so I’ll answer before I go. Following or even occasionally reblogging from someone is not a tacit support of everything that person says. If I reblog something from someone it is because I thought they made a good point in that particular post, not because I agree with all their views.
I don’t agree with that one in the slightest.
I follow a lot of people with all different viewpoints, some of whom many here might find surprising or even offensive. I cannot and do not agree with everything everyone I follow says or feels.
Aya Kamikawa: Why she kicks ass
- She is the only openly transgender official in Japan at this point, and the first to seek or win elected office in Japan.
- She won a four-year term as an independent under huge media attention, placing sixth of 72 candidates running for 52 seats in the Setagaya ward assembly, the most populous district in Tokyo. In April 2007, she was re-elected to her second term, placing second of 71 candidates running for 52 in the same ward assembly.
- While the government announced that they would continue to consider her male officially, she stated that she would work as a woman.
- She is devoted to work for various groups, the disabled, single-parent families, homeless people to evening junior high school students, LGBT people and to improve rights for women, children, the elderly. She strives to give support for these people and bring positive changes which would help them in society.
- She was also a committee member for Trans-net Japan (a self-support group for transgender people) and organised meetings and social events to give support and symposiums to raise the public awareness.
Friendly reminder that anti-cheating is pro-slut shaming (◕‿◕✿)
Like to share some links about a recent post:
Would appreciate people here reblogging these links. If even one person does something that’ll help.
Ah thank you! These are perfect!
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
Good post is good.
I’m with you on that one.