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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Predator Theory

[Trigger Warning]

Here is a break-down of some really important research on rape over at Feministe.

It supports many ideas of feminist literature on the topic of rape.

"When compared to men who do not rape, these undetected rapists are measurably more angry at women, more motivated by the need to dominate and control women, more impulsive and disinhibited in their behavior, more hyper-masculine in their beliefs and attitudes, less empathic and more antisocial."

Not really surprising, but still very important.

"The undetected rapists overwhelmingly use minimal or no force, rely mostly on alcohol and rape their acquaintances. They create situations where the culture will protect them by making excuses for them and questioning or denying their victims."

Again, not surprising, but so so critical.

Also, here's a great response to the analysis over at Fugitivus.