reply to Pinsker on rape

Rob Quinlan (C611417@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Sun, 15 Jan 1995 18:56:20 CST

I agree with Eve Pinsker that notions of gender relations are definitely
important in cases of rape. I guess that somehow on some level these
notions are symbolic. But that doesn't make rape a symbolic act. I wasn't
clear about that and about the sexual nature of rape. Rape is a sexual
act in that it requires sexual arousal on the part of rapist.

Also, I think the prediction about stranger rape will hold in societies
with extreme disparity in wealth, power, and rank (like our own), but
perhaps not in others.

I also think that in wartime some otherwise normal men will commit rape,
because (1) they have been forced to behave violently, (2) there is little risk
of being caught, (3) they are psychologically "bonded" to other members of
the squad who may be more willing to initiate rape, and (4) because there is
high risk of dying in ground combat.

Rob Quinlan