Can men be raped? May 11, 2007Posted by Andreas in Life, News, rant, Society, South Africa.
The South African Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that while non-consensual, penile penetration of a woman, whether it be anal or vaginal, constitutes rape, the same does not apply to men.
This kind of thing makes me really angry. It employs the same flawed and deeply conservative non-logic that says that only penis-vagina penetration constitutes sex (alright, in heterosexual relationships we might be prepared to throw in penis-anus penetration as a compromise).
The implication is that men can’t have sex with other men by definition, and that women most certainly can’t have sex with other women. The ruling is also a shameful insult to the thousands of men, especially young men and boys who get raped every day.
Melanie Judge from OUT makes the point: “OUT believes that all acts of forced sex should be treated equally.”
Men and women can be raped in a number of ways. It’s happening right now, whether or not the Constitutional Court Judges deem it to be so or not!