The Richmond National Organization of Women and Unite Women RVA will be hosting a screening of the documentary “The Invisible War” on August 11th at 2pm, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown (2908 W. Cary Street Richmond, VA., 23221). Tickets will be $10 at the door, while advanced tickets will be $8, available for sale at Chop Suey Books (2013 West Cary Street). Tickets can also be purchased online here.
A portion of the proceeds will go to SWAN, the Service Women’s Action Network.
The documentary is about rape in the military, and includes discussion of rape, rape culture, and 9/11. I haven’t seen it myself, but these are the triggers that others have identified.
RSVP through the title link.
Last time I checked, I’d rather be raped than dead. However, according to feminists, I am wrong.
No, according to feminists, rape is endemic in the American military and that’s wrong. That’s where this statement stopped. Only a malicious, entitled, self-centered individual would pick up the message “rape and defense of rapists at a systemic level is wrong” and turn it into a screed about how any message not focusing on him and his plight isn’t worth the time. Other people taking up space to talk about their pain is not an attack on you unless your position is that their pain is trivial. Judging by the “men’s rights” tag, I’m comfortable ascribing that position to you.
When somebody stands up in their own space and talks about something that happened to them, you take the opportunity to shut your mouth and wait for your turn to talk. Maybe even listen and empathize a little, if you want to be decent. You don’t interrupt to yell over them about how, yeah, it must have been bad to be raped or whatever, but really they should shut up and let you talk about your trauma instead. That’s honestly a kind of petulant entitlement and lack of empathy that people generally grow out of sometime between five and eight years old.
If you want to talk about the plight of men drafted into the military, do it. Express that injustice. You have more than enough space and airtime to do it in. I suspect, though, that because you only brought out that injustice as a weapon to shut someone else down in expressing that a crime had been done to them, you’re not really interested in the lives of drafted men, just in restricting the lives of raped women.
It’s not new, it’s not bold, it’s just the status quo with some extra persecution complex thrown in.