Hold the Batter Blaster! Down at the Spinster HQ Barfology Lab things are really spewing this morning. But before we get going, here is a handy a synopsis of the following post, for those who are disinclined to slog through the looming Twistgasso Sea of dependent clauses.
Today’s exciting post will say this: The Daily Mail’s website uses a story about “corrective rape” in South Africa to lure readers into a pink “Femail Today” yay-femininity lifestyle sidebar, apparently oblivious to the correlation between femininity and rape culture. In addition to denouncing “corrective rape,” I will take a swipe at a couple of the pink sidebar articles showcasing most spectacularly the imbecility of femininity. Finally, I will re-assert that femininity and violence against women are points on the same continuum.
On to the post.
What caught my jaundiced eye was a Daily Mail article headlined “South African men are ‘raping women to cure them of being lesbians’,” and its jarring juxtaposition to an all-pink “you you you you you” girl-section.
Not that an article about rape as a “cure” for lesbosity doesn’t stand alone as a particularly abhorrent accompaniment to my morning waffle. They — whoever “they” are — actually call it “corrective rape.”
Hey, whoever-who-coined-this-absurd-term “corrective rape”: you’re an idiot!
Rape is rape, and all attempts to categorize it (“date rape,” “spousal abuse,” “prostitution,” “arranged marriage,” “conjugal duties,” etc) represent the rationalizations, clinicalizations, and normalizations of the occupying forces. But the ideas festering behind rape as a “cure” for anything represent patriarchal toxicity at its most virulent, and are the logical conclusion of enforced femininity.
The Mail article in a nutshell: gay rights groups in South Africa are using the occasion of a high-profile rape trial to gain support for long-overdue government intervention in hate crimes that take the shape of “corrective rape.” Practitioners of “corrective rape” supposedly believe that they can “cure” lesbians by assaulting them.
It is lobe-blowing that even a moderately sentient being could put “cure” and “rape” together in the same sentence and expect not to be punched in the face, but people do, because the idea is as old as the hills. Lesbianism as a concept profoundly irks Dude Nation, since it suggests that there exists a group of women who don’t (at least in theory) embrace femininity (i.e. maintain a permanent state of availability for male use).
Well, you know what happens in our crush-thy-neighbor society to anyone who even passively challenges male authority. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Your “cure” will be indistinguishable from punishment. Efforts to keep the upper hand over women who decline to self-receptacle-ize in service of male power run the gamut from pathologization to murder. In between are assorted species of objectification, derision, and criminalization (by secular or magical godly law).
Pathologization: The idea that lesbianism is a mental illness needs no introduction. Patriarchal authorities in charge of identifying and classifying various species of aberration kept homos on their list until the mid-Seventies. Categorizing it as a sickness facilitates the medicalization of patriarchal contempt.
Objectification: like all women, lesbians are encouraged to adapt to a culture of male domination by practicing femininity. Engaging in feminine practices results in increased acceptance by Dude Nation, but beware the caveat: men retain the right to co-opt and phallocentricize lesbian sexuality for their own pornulated fantasies. Variants on this theme entail straight girls pretending to get it on for the camera or for their boyfriends, as well as those dipshit dudes at parties — you know the ones — who pretend intellectual curiosity when they single out the “hot” lesbian and ask the incredibly rude but sadly inevitable question “So what do you guys do, exactly?”
Criminalization and other official social sanctions: Can gay women get married in your neck of the woods? Adopt kids? Openly serve in the military? In some necks, you can get life in prison. In other necks, getting busted for living while queer incurs the death penalty. Lesbianism is an aberrant behavior controlled by godbagsim, government, or godbag government.*
Here is where they can legally kill you for being queer:
United Arab Emirates
Of course, vigilante hatebags might kill you anywhere, for no reason.
Derision: Lesbians who dare to appear in public sans femininity — i.e. women who openly declare, merely by omitting the agreed-upon set of beauty-and-behavorial cues, that they are not available for male use — are kept in line by the threat of mockery and contempt. In fact, it is not even necessary to leave the house to experience this. If, for example, you write a patriarchy-blaming blog, nary a day goes by but what you don’t receive a transmission expressing the idea that you are a cunt who just needs a good fuck. Which carries with it the odor of looming violence, from which it is, for the dude offended by displays of female non-submissiveness, but a short cognitive leap to rape and/or
Murder: Last year openly gay South African football star Eudy Simelane was gang-raped and stabbed 25 times. The trial of her three murderer-rapists is what is galvanizing the aforementioned activists to activate against “corrective rape.”
I was fascinated in an its-hideous-yet-I-can’t-look-away way with the the “Femail Today” sidebar attached to the Eudy Simelane story. It is full of cautionary tales about women who don’t do femininity right. Britney is photographed in a bikini with an “unsightly bulge.” Somebody named Ronaldo’s mother is photographed with large knees in “some VERY ill-advised hotpants.” Princess Fergie’s daughter’s “mumsy outfit didn’t do her any favors.”
And the “lifestyle” articles! They are marketing ploys, exerpts from women’s self-help books with titles like Sizzling Sex and Lost and Found.
“Why 50 is a dangerous age for a woman” expounds on a “trend” — confirmed by the author’s list of celebrities (apparently limited to actress Kristin Scott Thomas) who have ditched their marriages — toward cinquagenarian women to suddenly realize they’re unfulfilled. Whereupon they biff off with their personal trainers and go gallery-hopping, leaving their Nigels in front of the TV. The “danger” appears to be that these foolhardy women are willing to sacrifice “security” for the opportunity to escape domestic slavery.
Well, I say huzzah!
Here’s what a phallotarian reader says:
“It is certainly strange that these rather misguided women choose 50 as the age to ‘start their lives again’. At least if they were to pursue the same selfish actions at 40, their looks and figure wouldn’t have eroded completely.”
It goes without saying that, in closing, the article warns middle-aged women who are contemplating divorce not to actually do it. The problem might actually be with you, you miserable old hag, not with the fact of your oppression; or, seeking your liberation might be too “disruptive,” so probably you should just suck it up for the greater good. But above all, don’t trust yourself! Get “feedback” from an outside source to validate you before you start imagining you’re an actual human being.
What does all this malarkey have to do with rape? This one Daily Mail webpage, featuring a story about South African rape culture alongside photos of Britney Spears’ imperfect ghastly abdomen, is a mainstream media reflection of the division of the human species into a dominant male class privileged over a female sex class. The sex class is responsible for maintaining its perpetual availability for the use of males. Any dereliction of duty in this quarter — having large knees, divorcing the patriarch, playing football while queer — exacts harsh punishment: ridicule in the press, loss of security, and murder.
Where does anyone get the idea that lesbians, or anybody else, ought to be fucked into submission? One guess.
* From one godbag website: “Homosexuality is a form of social behaviour, which is caused by failure of governments to educate the people on the correct use of their reproductive process.”
[Thanks for the original link, Jennifer]