Welp. That delivered.
Stars of evil well earned by the authorities described in that clip.
|That guy |
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
Nothing new here, but still...
|Maggot Brain |
Damn, right off the bat!
It's hardly invisible. Maybe civilians neither know nor care, but the military's known about this for decades, and have been doing shit about it for at least half that time.
Furthermore, the documentary's thesis is highly misleading and even, I daresay, sexist. Sexual assault is NOT a "woman's issue", it is an "everyone's issue" - male servicemen are victims of sexual assault in record numbers, and unlike their female counterparts, who (thankfully) have a great deal of resources to turn to both in the VA and within the military itself, there is still an unambiguous culture of silence amongst male victims of sexual assault. Males still only account for 20% or less of the reported incidents of sexual assault, but it is imperative that we remember this a crime that knows no gender.
I mean, leaving aside the inherently exploitative nature of filming stuff like this - parading trauma victims around like sad little zoo animals for the lurid eyes of the public to feast upon - leaving aside all that GOOD ON THIS GUY, because what the hell, babysteps are better than no steps, right? But come on. Is this really news to people?!
Sanest Man Alive
I could swear this documentary had been linked here a few years before, actually. Or maybe that was a different expose of military rape culture? Not that I mind; this ought to be shouted from every hilltop, church steeple and city street until something actually happens.
Why is that an important factor? He said it negatively affects both genders.
Yeah, why does the gender of the aggressor matter? What makes that an "important" factor, in the context of this discussion?
The only two angles I can possibly see coming from that are either a) trying to establish that men are pigs, ergo male victims are irrelevant, they deserve to be raped, or b) setting yourself up to make a point against allowing gays in the military (which is actually a very common tactic used by opponents of the military's LGBT-friendly policies). I don't think you'd support either of those positions, SPK, so what's your point?
... and your reaction sort of ties in to my point above: that male victims of sexual harassment aren't taken very seriously. We've all got these deeply ingrained social assumptions, one of which being that men are "tough" and therefore "can't be raped". I work with a lot of vets who've survived sexual trauma, of all genders and orientations, and it's horrible for everyone. Moreover, the male victims are constantly reporting personal, social, and institutional resistances to their claims, resistances which are really no different from those faced by women untik relatively recently. The unconscious narrative here is "women have to be victims / men have to be aggressors" - which is clearly false once you think about, but being unconscious, it's often difficult to recognize.
I don't blame you for having an issue with what I said, SPK, nor trying to reflexively poke holes in it, even though there are really no holes to be poked. It's not *you*, it's normal, social behavior, the same sort of ideological trap that this film director is falling into.
You know Homie, the Army sounds an awful lot like prison, with the notable difference that you get paid to kill people rather than paying for it.
...and looking at the stats for prison and the army, percentage chance of rape track pretty closely.
|Sanest Man Alive |
Worst Let's Play of the worst Deus Ex.
...but seriously, five for evil.
What a shame.
So sexual assault is a "women's issue"?
You were right. Five for incredibly sexist evil.
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