What’s so bad about teaching men not to rape?
In a series of tweets last week, I mentioned that I’ve never understood the resistance to “teach men not to rape” campaigns. Regardless of one’s views on sexual assault, rape culture, victim blaming, feminism or any number of issues, I’d at least like to think that most people would recognize that teaching young men not to rape is a really good idea.
It’s true that some decent but defensive men are offended by the notion that they, as individuals, have to be taught not to rape women. These men know how to treat women with respect, and they’re insulted by the suggestion that they don’t. I get that.
But if you’re one of these men, then the reason nobody needs to teach you not to rape women is because somebody already did. You’re proof that teaching men not to rape works.
Good for you! You’re one of the good ones. Now get out there and do your part by passing that lesson on to other men.
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