04-10-2007, 12:54 AM
04-10-2007, 01:23 AM
All these are very informative but the last one is also excellent, very informative of our culture and so-called norms.
Excerpted from the last site I posted, and I've always wondered about this...(the assault on men by other men) We've all read about assault of men in prisons.. andi t was curious as to why so many who paricipated considered themselves heterosexual(from another report) read below...
One way in which claiming one's own identity can help women and men change this climate of violence and oppression is through actively questioning the gender roles placed upon us by our culture. The foundation of sexual violence, as with most violence aimed at a particular group of people, is based on oppression; in this case the oppression is largely sexism and homophobia. And like all forms of oppression, sexism and homophobia use many tools, from myths and stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation, to harassment and outright violence, all in an attempt to keep women and men in line. When I talk about violence, I am referring to any act that is intended to damage or abuse, particularly acts intending to bring both physical and emotional harm. I call the violence I am referring to tonight men's violence against women because I want to make it clear who is committing 98% of sexual assault and almost 90% of all domestic violence. I am not saying that men cannot be raped or abused-they can, and most often at the hands of other men.
I want to talk for a second about male victims. Many of the same power dynamics that play into men raping women also play into men raping men. And by the way, when men are raped, it is almost always by a heterosexual-identified man. The same power and control issues exist. Often, rapists will target anyone who they perceive as weaker than them-if the victim is male, he tends to be perceived as "less manly" by the rapist. A lot of incarcerated rapists say that they chose to rape a man because it made them feel more powerful, more of "a real man" than raping a woman. They needed their traditional "masculine" values validated, and they did so through violence. When a rapist targets a gay man, there is also this same power dynamic. The gay man is seen as "less manly" and deviating too far out of the box of traditional "masculinity." Since many rapists have very rigid, traditional, "masculine" values, they may already have a lot of heterosexism operating, which will play into the dehumanizing of this victim.
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