The other day an article that asked a simply question: \’Is rape natural?\’. It was all started by some guy named Scott Adams and he went on to build his case towards that – yes, it is. Mr. Adams claims: “society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal” and implied that these instincts included “tweeting, raping, [and] cheating. A person who is simultaneously horny, prone to violence, and has sociopath tendencies might act in the worst possible way.”
They also quoted primatologist Frans de Waal from an article written on the Times blog: “I have heard people echo Dostoevsky’s Ivan Karamazov, exclaiming that “If there is no God, I am free to rape my neighbor!” Perhaps it is just me, but I am wary of anyone whose belief system is the only thing standing between them and repulsive behavior. Why not assume that our humanity, including the self-control needed for livable societies, is built into us?”
That last statement – Why not assume that our humanity, including the self-control needed for livable societies, is built into us? is what we all would like to believe, isn’t it? That, as humans, if put into a place between good and evil, we will always side with good. But is that the most foolish thing to believe?
After having read the article mentioned above, I had debate with Burs about it. We both jokingly laughed at the fact that it really is a matter of being taught better. We’re born with nothing more that the ability to sleep, shit and eat. That is it. And as you grow, we’re taught to not eat shit, to not shit in on ourselves and not sleep where we shit. I’m sure the earliest of humans, figured it out on their own, but, the question is how long did it take them to figure that out. Now, you’re born and you’re taught that within the first year of life.
But why do you listen to those rules? You follow them to fit in, to be a part of the crowd, because you have a future that wouldn’t stand for such behavior.
And after reading this article, I completely believe that that is the only reason. If you plan on reading the link – brace yourself! It isn’t an easy read. It tells the story of the camps that pilfer Haiti’s capital city. Without walls, doors and locks, many of the women in Port au Price are being raped. The young and the younger – they’re all up for grabs. The article follows the women’s groups who are trying to keep them safe and make a change. My question is ‘Why aren’t we trying to educate the men?’ But educate them how? The beginning description of the camps and the city, is bleak. How can you tell men who have lost power and control over their lives that this is all wrong. Because if you think about the quote from above – the self-control needed for livable societies, is built into us – what happens to you when your society is no longer livable? What happens when you live in a lawless land? My answer to ‘is rape natural’? No, but it is easy. It is incredibly easy when you’re the stronger of the sexes, wielding guns and able to use your strength to take over whomever you please?
How do the girls and women of Haiti (and many other third world countries) stand a chance? Because, right now for them, there is no God. But who do they get to rape, to reclaim a sense of power over their lives?