Paleo Retiree writes:
Why are so many young Americans today (esp. of the white-and-privileged sort) not-OK with the idea that there’s a difference between messy, bad sex and rape? Is it mainly because everyone these days craves victim status? And, if so: Why on earth are we cultivating a culture that holds up victim status as something that’s to be passionately desired?
- Thank god for Camille Paglia.
- Esther Perel is another brainy woman with a sensible, worldly view of sex. Here’s her fabulous book; here’s her latest column.
- Those in a mood for a great anti-feminist rant might want to give a book by another Esther a look, Esther Vilar’s 1971 “The Manipulated Man.” It’s a little dated in some details, but Vilar’s generalizations about men and women — and especially about how women use men and men deceive themselves about women — hold up awfully well. There are good reasons why it’s become an underground classic. The Kindle version is only $4.99.
- At my old blog I interviewed a woman who really was raped while a college student: Part One, Part Two. These days do I need to spell out that by “raped” I mean that she was raped in the traditional sense of “being forcibly penetrated under threat of physical harm”? I guess I do.