In a spectacular display of rape-blindness, these Seattle news-blobs call it “prostitution” when two criminals kidnap a 14-year-old girl and force her to “have sex with” five men by threatening to kill her family.
Sure, you know that prostitution is rape, but one suspects that Seattle TV viewers might not possess so sophisticated a grasp of the facts. Seattle, in fact, seems to fester with a particularly virulent tolerance for rape culture; the city is, you’ll recall, the land of pornulated coffee shops.
Now, don’t you Seattlers get all huffy. Your town may be Ground Zero for bodacious barristas, but this rape=sex shit happens everywhere. In the popular consciousness there persists a clot of pernicious misogynist notions: that women are receptacles, that women secretly yearn to be raped, that prostituted women freely choose their “profession” and are fairly compensated, and that even a 14-year-old child might willingly consent to being used accordingly by a gang of thugs.
Thus, when the Seattle cops told the news-blobs that this girl was “forced into prostitution,” it was merely code for “she was used, perhaps a bit more violently than usual, according to her mutually-agreed-upon purpose.”