Clementine Ford in 2013:
I’ve been thinking a lot about rape culture recently.
She thinks about little else:
What it is, how it is perpetuated and the various excuses offered up to deny its existence. To quote myself, it refers to “a social system that has slowly normalised rape and sexual assault through the bombardment of images, language, laws and social attitudes”.
A 2016 Ford epiphany:
“Rape culture doesn’t exist.”
Ha, it’s a very clever use of bait and switch:
Such is the common refrain of anti-feminists everywhere, incensed by what they see as the feminist fixation on framing sexual abuse and exploitation as a problem for the global culture rather than simply the work of a few bad apples or ‘evil monsters’.
One need not be incensed to recognise bullshit.
The latest example of this sort of repulsive pack misogyny comes via a story heinous in its depravity and yet sadly unsurprising to those of us who work in the field of sexual violence prevention and activism.
Heinous = wicked; depravity = wicked, so it’s a case of wicked times two. And Ford certainly doesn’t work in the “field of sexual violence prevention and activism”, she writes to pay the bills.
Back to the “rape culture” thing. According to Ford, rape culture exists in Australia, where the social system has “normalised rape and sexual assault through the bombardment of images, language, laws and social attitudes”. Thus we all live in a rape culture and are all part of it. How is it then that, according to Ford, there is an “epidemic of rape culture in schools [that] can no loner be ignored”? Surely rape culture in schools already existed, kiddies having been bombarded since birth with rape is OK propaganda.
The whole femifascist thing doesn’t make sense.