I’m not sure what her angle is — maybe to get some press for saying something so clearly insane. Being robbed is very often not violent, but if you’ve ever been robbed (or even had your house broken into) you know that it feels extremely violating. Multiply that by 100 and you’ve got the violation of rape. The most damaging part is the appropriation of your personhood by someone else who has no right to it, but who none-the-less feels entitled. It’s like being a slave temporarily. The only crime that could possibly be worse is murder, because that steals your personal autonomy on a permanent basis.

This article describes the underlying issue nicely:

Ownership. Women are property. Men are entitled to us. Society is unconcerned with our agency and autonomy.

It’s tradition and it’s doctrine. It’s history and it’s gospel.

It’s the marrying off of daughters as a transaction. A young girl whittled down to the equivalent of a goat and an acre of land.

It’s women being the spoils of war.

It’s women being categorized as either the virgin or the whore.

Most men don’t walk around looking at women as property. That’s not how this works. But it’s there, implied. It’s woven into our culture. Passed down like a defective gene.

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