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Rape Culture in the Ensign

February 21st, 2014 by Georgie Porgie

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Apparently the Ensign committed a microaggressive act of triggering rape culture . It published an article about chastity. Happy marriages and eternal life, it seems, are more evil than you thought.

Trigger warning: acts of microaggression to follow.

Rape culture, like racism and social justice, is a phrase that could mean something serious in theory but in practice just means that the Left doesn’t like you. The “rape culture” smear is like the old blood libel against the Jews, or like the new blood libel that’s brought up against family people whenever a teenage suicide happens to involve a gay kid, or against gunowners whenever somebody kills somebody using a gun. The libel works on the inherently associative properties of the human heart.

Whether there is any reasonable or rational connection, only a strong effort of will and concentrated thought can disassociate an emotional connection once it’s been made, even if the only connection that actually exists is simply to mention two things in close proximity, as Scott Adams discovered in his nun joke controversy and in the Jesus-healed-a-football controversy. The emotional connection is stronger if there is actually some kind of link in the style of sympathetic magic, like a voodoo doll that’s painted to look like the victim. So a democratic politician gets shot in Arizona, and Sarah Palin once said that democratic politicians in Arizona should be targeted for defeat, and since the words target and Arizona and democratic politician are found in both sets of stories, they are the same story; and even though you aren’t crazy, just having read those words all in conjunction you, right now, you find yourself suspecting that Palin must have been responsible for some kind of shoot-Democrats-in-Arizona culture that “fostered a climate of violence.” Even though the notion is crazy.

Same with Elder Callister. Elder Callister talked about sex. Rape includes sex. Therefore Elder Callister = rape.

The Left can’t handle goodness and righteousness, because that destroys its narrative of equality. It also can’t handle evil, because that destroys its narrative of fundamental goodness and its core utopian hope.

The Left’s structural response is to blame evil on good. Rape is an extreme form of sexual immorality. If only conservatives would stop preaching sexual morality, there would be no sexual immorality. If no sexual immorality, then no rape! Therefore chastity = rape. And in a way, the Left is right. If there’s no good, there’s no evil. This is the original deal that Satan offered in council in heaven (not the plan of forced righteousness that we usually assume).

I am only surprised that the Left is so moderate. Why stop at rape? Sex can lead to babies. In some sense, traditional morality even thinks sex ought to lead to babies. The process of being born is tortuous. Elder Callister promotes baby torture culture. Nuclear bombs are explosive and transformative. Sex is explosive and transformative. Plus the nuclear family, right?* Elder Callister fosters a climate of atomic holocaust.

But why let Elder Callister have all the fun?

Adultery is evil.
Fornication is wrong.
Pornography is damaging.
Don’t masturbate.

Duck under your desk; close your eyes against the flash.


*I mean “nuclear,” it says it right there. And when was the Cold War close to going hot? Back in the 50s, when the nuclear family was also a thing. And guess who would be among the group that the atom bombs would incinerate? Babies, that’s who. It all comes together.

Comments (18)
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February 21st, 2014 11:32:39

Michael Towns
February 21, 2014

Thank you for this. With each passing “controversy”, the Left reveals its true colors. This particular kerfuffle, however, is probably the most absurd thing to come out of the Mormon Left in, oh, about two months.

Pants Protest Person
February 21, 2014

“This particular kerfuffle, however, is probably the most absurd thing to come out of the Mormon Left in, oh, about two months.”

Hey! What am I, chopped liver?

The Atomic Mom
February 21, 2014


February 21, 2014

The Progressives in their smirking self-righteous piety and grotesque self-imposed ignorance are henchmen of the devil. Some know it, most do not. They stand between a woman and her human nature, her happiness, her children, and they speak the selfsame lie. The source of your happiness is the barrier to happiness. Destroy the source of your happiness, toss happiness aside, and you will be happy.” –John C. Wright.

“The Left’s structural response is to blame evil on good.” That’s concentrated truth there, sir.

Michael Towns
February 21, 2014

“Rape culture, like racism and social justice, is a phrase that could mean something serious in theory but in practice just means that the Left doesn’t like you.”

Yes. It is also a feminist club that is used to smack us patriarchal types around with. Make the slightest reference that doesn’t comport to their feminist-sexist ethic, and YOU, SIR, are contributing to Rape Culture.

(Those references include, but are not limited to, modesty, chastity, the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic, etc.)

February 21, 2014

I honestly had to look up the Scott Adams controversies. The nun joke apparently came out the day Mother Teresa died, but since he wrote that ahead of time, he could not have known. The football one, is irreverent, but badly so. http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Healing

But what really worried me, was that I found Adams on a list of bigoted authors, among such ignoble ranks as Orson Scott Card and John C Wright. Bigot, like Racist, and Sexist, and probably now, Rapist, might mean something, but usually just means they disagree with you.

Georgie Porgie
February 21, 2014

He didn’t know that Mother Theresa died. That’s the point–it was the readers’ mental and emotional association that made it controversial, even though its impossible that he could have intended it.

The football one got a lot of controversy because it associated the concept of “Jesus” and “fraud,” even though it did nothing to say that Jesus was a fraudster.

Geoff B
February 21, 2014

Thank you for opening my eyes to the ways that the Ensign is promoting both rape and nuclear war. I also never considered how chastity would cause rape. I am truly enlightened now.

Ivan W.
February 22, 2014

It’s nice to see some actual, sustained pushback. The pushback against the pushback, over at DR and on facebook has mostly been repeating the same tired cliches over and over again. It’s almost like, instead of cliches, the left has certain catechisms or incantations that are constantly repeated to signal who is correct and to dispel evil, regardless of their truth (not that the right is exempt from this, but – for example, the “1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted” has been proven false too many times to count, yet it still gets repeated like it automatically devastates any conservative critique of “rape culture”).

February 22, 2014

Ivan, I’m definitely on your, and Georgie’s, side on the OP’s issue.

But a note about statistics…

from my informal surveys, the one in four stat is a MINIMUM, especially if you count both minor and adult women, and any form of penetrative or non-penetrative (touchy/grabby) sexual (genital, plus T&A) contact. And that’s just for caucasian women, it’s at least over 50% for African-American women. And somewhere in between for Hispanic females. I’d even go so far as to say that the stats likely reach that level by the time a woman reaches the age of 18 or 21, not even counting situations of forcible rape above that age.

If you put it in past tense, “1 in 4 women HAS been sexually assaulted”, then that is certainly true. If you parse it to mean “1 in 4 -adult- women _will_ be, as an adult, sexually assaulted (in the future)” then that is perhaps not true. The vast vast majority of sexual assaults happen prior to age 18, and I’d even say age 16 or prior.

Child sex abuse is at epidemic levels in this country, especially among African-Americans and Hispanics. I would not be surprised if the real figures for African-Americans women is that 75% are sexually (even only counting penetrative sex, let alone touch/grab) assaulted by age 18.

The figures for boys being sexually abused are generally 1/2 that of women: in the range of 1 out of 8 for caucasians, and 1 out of 4 (25 to 30%) for African-Americans.

These figures are unbelieveable to most upper-middle class americans, but if you discuss it in middle-midle, lower-middle, and lower class circles, or among African-American circles, you encounter more victims, and many more people who know victims in their extended families.

The _rate_ varies according to ethnicity and social-economic class, but it happens in ALL ethnicities and ALL classes. Case in point being the 5 Browns family, an upper-middle (or upper) class caucasian family.

I shouldn’t discuss how I know these figures in the open. If you need more of the story, contact me via email. Addy on the top sidebar of my blog.

Ivan W.
February 22, 2014

Well, perhaps you know more about it than I do, but I’ve done some pretty extensive research, and have come to a different conclusion. However, I do not have an advanced degree in the subject, so I do admit if I had access to all the data, I could be wrong.

I’ll just link to one source:

“From 1995 to 2010, the estimated annual rate of female rape or sexual assault victimizations declined 58%, from 5.0 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older to 2.1 per 1,000.”

However, “informal surveys” aren’t very reliable, and that’s all you seem to base your claim on. Most of the formal surveys used to create the “1 in 4” (or sometimes 1 in 5 or 6) have serious analysis issues (such as counting being propositioned by a guy you don’t like).

Child abuse is a serious issue, but like rape, I don’t think we can do anything about it by exaggerating the problem.

But I don’t want to derail this thread anymore along these lines, so I think I will e-mail you for your information, since I fully admit I could be wrong (though I really hope I’m not, since the world is already an evil place, and if what you say is true, it’s a lot more evil than I think I could stand).

February 22, 2014

Ivan, first off, the obvious bugaboo is the “age 12 or older” qualifier.

Most sexual assault against females happens to minors.

Most sexual assault against minors happens, or starts to happen, at a very young age, when they are controllable and can be intimidated.

Most sexual assault against minors goes unreported, especially unreported to authorities. IE, the kid may tell mom/dad (most often they don’t), but even when they do, they often aren’t believed, or because it is perpetrated by a family member, grandpa, uncle, brother, cousin, they hush it up, and just (try to) keep the perpetator away.

Sexual assault, even when reported to authorities, never makes it into the statistics if there are no charges filed. If charges are filed, but there is no conviction, I’m unsure if that situation makes it into the national stats.

The word “estimated” is also squishy. Are they estimating the total number of reported rapes, because they don’t have access to all the local statistics of reported rapes because many jurisdictions don’t make even their reported rapes available to national statistics-gathering authorities? Or are they really getting the true total of reported rapes nationwide through administrative channels, and then estimating -actual- rapes?

Also note that in the figure you quoted, that is an _annual_ figure. I don’t know how long the 5.0 per 1000 held prior to 1995. I’m not up on my statistical math, but if you take a 5.0/1000 chance every year for a period of 70 years ( a lifetime, say) , you multipy 5.0 by 70, and get 350/1000, and that makes a 35% lifetime chance. (I think you have to factor in standard deviation somehow, because if it’s random, you never have a 100% certainty, no matter how long the time period, but I don’t know how to do that.)

I would also venture to say that the percentage of child sex abuse that goes UNreported to legal authorities is much much higher than the percentage of adult rape that goes unreported to legal authorities.

The reluctance to admit childhood sexual abuse is much much higher than the reluctance to admit being the victim of adult rape. the “programming” to hush it up is much more effective during childhood, because those are the formative years, and the hush-up becomes a much firmer part of the personality.

February 22, 2014

Okay, I think I figured out the math.

If there’s an X probability of something happening every year, and the same probability/chance is taken over a period of Y years, the overall probability of the event happening _at least once_ over the Y years is: 1-((1-X)^Y)
1 – ((1-.005)^70) = .296 = 29.6 %
1 – ((1-.0021)^70) = .137 = 13.7 %

(This method computes the probability of it _never_ happening, and then subtracts that from 1.0.)

Granted, the probability of rape likely tapers off with age, but I would assert that the likelihood of sexual abuse prior to age 12 more than compensates for it in terms of numbers.

Ivan W.
February 22, 2014

Your math only works if the population doesn’t increase. Since the population of females increases every year, your math doesn’t quite work. And the survey I linked to doesn’t cover just reported cases of abuse, so that criticism doesn’t work either. I could link to several others that deal with lifetime statistics as well, but it’s clear you have extremely strong feelings on this issue, so strong that I’m not sure it’s worth the time to debate you on it.

Ivan W.
February 22, 2014

I just realized that was really clumsily expressed, what I mean is that the probabilities you calculate only work if it’s different people being abused each year. If there’s any overlap (say, of the 5 per 1000 that get abused one year, 2 of them are abused the next year, and only 3 were abused that year), the percentages go down.

As for before 12, if your percentages are right, who is doing the molesting?

I don’t mean to downplay child molestation, since I have some people very near and dear to me who were molested as kids. That, I admit to being somewhat ignorant on the statistics.

Ivan W.
February 22, 2014

But, if you’re even mostly right, the world is a lot more evil place than I thought. So, there’s that. And you may be right, since I was talking about adults (the most common claim I hear is that 1 in 4 women will be assaulted during their college years, and you’re talking about entire lifespans).

February 23, 2014

The 1 in 4 statistic has been debunked many times. Of times, it includes everything from sexual violence, to clumsy pickup lines. Do not take it at face value.

A lady who styles herself, The Mormon Therapist (Natasha Helfer Parker), who I have previously thought well of, posted her thoughts on this – disappointingly far left. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mormontherapist/

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