Monday, May 12, 2008

An unorthodox strategy

My sister has a theory about how she would handle an attempted rape - she reckons she would yell something along the lines of "Come on big boy, let's get it ooonnnnn!" and jump on him. Her reasoning is that he'll either run a mile, or at worst, she has bad sex. As she points out, people have bad sex all the time. The whole idea intrigues me. It also makes me laugh, this is not a deep and meaningful post,l it's just kinda thoughtfully amusing.

Firstly, I realise that many rape circumstances would not allow for such a strategy, and I really don't know how plausible it would be in any situation. But still, I like the idea that you take back the power that they try to take from you, and I daresay if you could manage it, there would be some perpetrators that would truly freak out and run.

I'm really not suggesting this as a serious rape prevention method, only those who rape can stop rape altogether, but the concept is kind of interesting. It says something underlying about our sexuality. The fact that sex is something that can be used against women - I wonder if rape would be a less chosen form of violence if women were perceived as wanting sex as much as men.
If only such a scenario could be caught on film - a woman turning the tables on a would-be rapist and making him run for the hills, that'd make some good YouTube viewing...


  1. I don't know. Men find ways to rape prostitutes and they are supposedly "willing." I think men who are prone to be aggressive and dominating would simply find another way to hurt women. There are many ways to be raped that go beyond "bad sex" as well.

    I've never been raped, but I have been mugged and I can tell you that your fear, panic, and sheer will to survive overwhelm your cleverness in those situations. Or at least that was the case for me.

    Just sayin.'

    -radical mama

  2. I do realize that you aren't seriously considering this as a solution to rape, btw and I wasn't trying to be argumentative. :)

    -radical mama

  3. It's ok, I like a good argument even if you were!

    I have been raped, and it was certainly a circumstance where this could not have worked.

    If there is a serious side to this, I am more interested in why sex is the target of violent behaviour. After all, prostitutes can still be viewed by men as holding the sexual power - demanding money for it. Men see women as holding the power in sex - choosing when and where they will bestow it on the men folk, and so try to violently take it from them.

    I just wonder if men perceived it differently, if the violence would be redirected. (Don't get me wrong, I know it'd take a lot more than that to get rid of the violence altogether...)