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Cake or Rape? Not the Same Ring as Cake or Death...

Posted Aug 24 2008 7:22pm
When people hear that I write for this blog, they almost immediately ask why it's necessary to have a women's bioethics blog - what's the point to having something written primarily for women, by women, about issues that affect women? Haven't we moved beyond and to a point where gender shouldn't matter, we're enlightened enough, and so forth? I try to take it as a good thing, that people want to think this, while simultaneously think that some things are so set into society that people don't even see why it would be necessary.

Stories like this, however, are why I think it's important that women's views are heard, loud and strong. There are so many things wrong with the following statement, starting with someone feeling like it was an acceptable comparison to make, moving into the problems rape victims face, gender imbalance and expectations in marriage, the undermining of the concept of consent - it goes on, and on. Is it strictly related to bioethics? Not necessarily, although I think it's possible to create very solid, bioethical related arguments around and against rape. Is it an attitude we should all be aware is still out there? Most certainly. From the Londonist :
The BNP ’s Nick Eriksen learnt this the hard way last week, after he was sacked as the party's London Assembly candidate for publishing jaw-droppingly obtuse views on rape on his blog. The post has since been removed, but luckily journalists were quick to spot the following:
"Rape is simply sex (I am talking about 'husband-rape' here)... Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal…To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting force-feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence.”
When our elected officials (and I use our on a global scale) harbour these views towards women, then it's likely that they're not going to be the advocates for women's rights, health, and etc.

-Kelly Hills
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