Sunday, February 20, 2011

"#Rape" is not the same as "making love"

In movies, showing a sexual act is deemed to be more or less ok when it is important for the story line. The result is that many "sex scenes" are stomach wrenching awful. Consensual sex between two adults is rarely seen even though this is what good sex typically is about.

Nothing new here, except when the notion of rape and making love gets conflated and a rape in a movie gets reduced to making love in a Wikipedia article. The word rape has a clear meaning and reducing it to something else is quite contrary to what a "neutral point of view" is about.

Rape is sex forced upon someone.

There is no single argument I can come up with why Wikipedia should reduce rape to anything less. When we want women to feel secure being a Wikimedian, the rationalisation that rape can be reduced to "making love" is unacceptable.


Béria L. de Rodríguez said...

The Wikipedia article is even more awful when you check the history. The first version of that part is from 16 May 2005 and describe the scene as: "he forces her to face her emotions and they fall in love.".

Force her to face emotions? Please! That reminds me of a mote i heard in Brazil who said that "no girl is raped" in fact a boy only have sex whit a girl if she agrees. the problem is that girls usually don't know what the want and that forces boy to show her their own feelings.

Béria L. de Rodríguez said...

Only a new and last comment: the numbers in image "683 000 rapes per year" is the numbers for USA only. In UK there are 1 rape per hour (according with this article from 2004).

And that without mention cases like South Africa when 33 percent of women were raped last year.

Béria L. de Rodríguez said...

... And the correct version of the article had the time of life of 15 minutes. After 15 mim someone decided that rape is in fact making love and changed back. Great! And people get angry when we say that Wikipedia is sexist.