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Fixing the language of rape culture

[su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#006699″] There’s no such thing as non-consensual sex. You either had consensual sex, or you committed rape.

Feminist Erin Matson did some editing on a Washington Post article about the recent charges against Jared Fogle. Her handiwork is below.

Jared Fogle did not plan his business travel around repeated ‘sexual encounters’ with underage girls. He planned his business travel so he could rape children. Fogle did not travel to New York City to engage in ‘sexual acts’ with teenage girls. He went to New York City to rape teenage girls.

Getting the language right about rape shouldn’t be that hard.


2016-10-21T21:43:01+00:00August 21st, 2015|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments


  1. Tara August 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Your wrong in your commentary about consent and rape. Statutory rape is rape of a child who has not become of an age where they consent. A girl of 14 can engage in consensual sex, but it is not consent in the eyes of the law. So you can have consensual sex, and still commit the act of rape. I dont think the language used goes towards rape culture, journalists have to strike that balance between what is charged, and the defendant still having the right to be found not guilty. We can call him a child rapist when he gets found guilty, until then journalists need to be mindful of what they write.

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  3. Scott Birdwell August 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Obviously all of his behavior was/is repulsive with the selling and trading of girls as young as 6 qualifying him for castration in my opinion. To think I once had great administration for this critter.
    Was inspired by another note mentioned in the comments that followed the article with regard to violence against all children. “The language of abuse knows no gender.” More power, and I mean that literally, to the special task’ forces staged to identify and bring to justice anyone that would harm our children, bless their hearts.

  4. Kenny August 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    How come nobody “fixes the language of rape culture” when it’s women doing it to underage boys?

    • Glen August 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Let’s get started on that. The language of abuse knows no gender.

    • cyndimindy August 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      um because they do and should – where does this ‘no-one’ come from AND how prevalent is the abuse of underaged boys by women? Are underaged boys sold for sex to women or TO MEN? Are underaged boys sought out by women who pay money to rape them? Do you see that your comment is a bit of ‘not all men’ when no-one is saying ‘all men’?

    • Dana August 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Do you have any idea where the idea came from that women messing with underage boys was no big deal? It certainly did not come from your average mother of an underage boy. It came from men. Men perpetuated this culture where it’s considered “getting lucky” when you bag an older woman, even when you’re underage, and of course most women are self-haters and parrot any crap a man puts out no matter how obnoxious it is. (Exhibit A: Donald Trump has female supporters!) Why do women always have to take responsibility for s?!t that men dream up? When are you going to clean up your own messes?

      I mean, I agree with you that women molesting boys is a serious problem, with the caveat that they don’t usually cause the physical damage that men cause to underaged girls. (Oh, we forgot that part, right? Sure we did.) But it’s like with men raping other men or men beating up other men, you expect US to fix all that stuff. When did you fix domestic violence against women? No matter who builds the shelters, it was women who pushed for it. When were you going to fix rape-of-women? We still have to have arguments over what constitutes “legitimate” rape. When were you going to fix the pay gap? Most of you deny there’s a pay gap, never mind the Bureau of Labor Statistics tables that say otherwise. (I have personally seen those. They’re available online.) I could go on and on with this. It’s a basic lesson we all supposedly learn in kindergarten: if you screw up, CLEAN UP YOUR MESS.

      But nope. Nope, we keep having to have these arguments. Thanks for that.

  5. Jayneen Sanders August 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    We at http://www.somesecrets.info couldn’t agree more!!!!

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