The Twisty Inbox roils this morning with multiple reports of this rape-tape thing, wherein some Illinois judge has threatened to throw a rape victim in the clink for contempt of court if she continues to refuse to watch a video—there’s always a convenient video—of her gang rape. Since the first reports, the judge has reversed himself, but the patriarchy-blaming outrage marches on.
Mine is a brilliant legal mind, so naturally I have an opinion, and here it is: that the Establishment’s contempt for rape victims dovetails so brilliantly with its love for porn that this prurient subhuman slug of a judge simply could not resist the opportunity to combine torture with titillation in his courtroom. The woman, who was 16 and unconscious at the time of her assault, won’t have to watch the tape after all, but a courtroom screening is still planned, so that everyone else can still get off on her drunken teen slut film debut. I add, for the sake of the big picture, that this court has already found the tape to be child pornography.
If the rule of law demands that women watch videotapes of men humiliating, assaulting, and raping them, the rule of law is inexorably, excuse my French, fubar.
UPDATE: Feministing has a bunch of links referring to this repellent episode.