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[Jul. 11th, 2007|05:06 pm]
Nate Bunnyfield
It seems that the 'the word rape banned from courtroom' story from a month ago is catching on, which is really good. But I was disappointed to see someone write "The title pretty much says all you need to know."

I could not disagree more. I recommend articles like this one that give some context to where the stupid judge was coming from:
http://www.slate.com/id/2168758/

I hate being preachy like this, but I seriously don't want a world where feminists favor ignorant sensationalism over critical thought.


ps Emily and I were talked about it briefly. Anti-misogynists might be a more appropriate word choice than feminists in the last sentence.
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[User Picture]From: birdwalk
2007-07-12 04:27 am (UTC)

I started this like...6 hours ago, then went to class

To correct myself, yes, reading the articles is important, as difficult as it is. On the most base level, I do understand why certain words are being stricken; "rape," itself, is often used metaphorically ("I got raped by Blockbuster for turning in my video late"), and if it was an issue where the person was claiming rape because it sounds more severe than what actually occurred, then it makes sense to me to ban misinformation. One of my first rational thoughts after reading this was wondering if, in order for "rape" to be taken as it is meant to, the accuser's lawyer could question her ("Did X occur?") and then read the legal definition of rape to the courtroom to prove that the legal definition has been met and thus, there is no other appropriate word, that the word isn't misleading, and it is as correct to refer to the incident as rape as it is to call robbery a robbery.

I am continually disappointed by...everything? Despite enjoying my Mac Mini.
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