There is a lot to be said for the idea of anti-rape devices, such as rape-thwarting underwear and the aptly-named Rape-aXe, which impales the rapist’s penis on barbs, causing him excruciating pain upon withdrawal. I applaud the idea behind these things, but I think in practical application, they could be very dangerous. The most common type of rapist (the power reassurance or “gentleman” rapist) may run away when he finds his efforts countered, but there are many others who will not. Anti-rape devices will only incite these rapists, making it more likely that the woman will be seriously injured or even killed as a consequence. Rape is about power and the desire to have control over another person. When any type of rapist (because there are different types) sees that he is being prevented from having what he wants, he very often reacts with rage and escalated violence – up to and including murder.
The anti-rape devices that scare me the most are the ones that inflict pain on the rapist. How many women are going to be killed for using these devices? They’re supposed to “temporarily incapacitate” him but how long does it really take to stab somebody and kill them, or choke them to death, or punch them in the face and cause serious damage? If you use a weapon against him, make sure it is one you are skilled with using that he cannot take from you and use against you. If you cannot get away from the rapist before the actual sexual attack starts, it may be safer to simply comply. It could save your life – and that is what is most important here. A rape can turn into a murder in less than 2 seconds. You have to stay alive by whatever means necessary and if that means going along with it, then do so. Protecting your life is more important than protecting an ideal. It’s fine to argue politics in the safety of your own home; we can talk all day about how to prevent rape in the broader sense, but when you are actually in a life or death situation, things become very, very simple: you survive. Yes, rape is wrong. Yes, the rapist is wrong. Yes, the rapist is totally and solely to blame. Yes, what he is doing is terrible and scarring. Yes, he is a bastard and a criminal and he should be castrated. But you must survive and however you can do that is what matters. I will not judge you and neither will anyone with a brain.
Women often say “I’ll punch him in the face! I’ll kick him in the nuts! I’ll scratch his eyes out!” but many who have attempted this have been severely beaten and even killed. Many a rapist has said point-blank that if the woman hadn’t fought back, he wouldn’t have hurt her. Now this smacks of victim-blaming (surprise), but if we look at the psychology behind rape, we see that there is probably truth to it. He rapes to feel powerful and if you fight back, this means he is not coming across as powerful enough. This angers him and it has just become a very dangerous situation for you. It is no longer about consent and the horrible, despicable intrusion of your body. Now it is about your life and that is far more important. It isn’t worth dying for. Even Richard Ramirez (a notably sadistic serial killer) spared the life of the one woman who did not fight him at all. Not only did he kill the ones who did fight back, but he cut out the eyes of the one who fought back the hardest. (Maxine Zazzara pulled a shotgun out on him, but it was unloaded and she didn’t know that. Her eyes were never found.) It’s not worth your life. What you need to do in that situation is use your head, not your fists. Beat him with your brain. If you live, you win. It’s that simple. If you can’t talk to him rationally, then look at him (if you can see him). Remember him. Memorize his face, his body, his tattoos, his teeth, his smell, his voice, everything. And tell the police. Sear his face into your brain so that you don’t forget him. That is how you stop him.
If you do choose to fight back, prepare to fight back hard. As hard as you can, because this is your life and once you’ve started fighting, you may die if you can’t get away. And if you have a gun, shoot him if you can. No warning. No hesitation. Shoot him.
In 1974, in an experiment/art performance called Rhythm 0, Marina Abramović placed 72 objects on a table in a room and stated that she would not move or resist for 6 hours, no matter what was done to her. The results are perhaps shocking to some but not to me. Abramovic allowed random people to do anything they wanted with her and as soon as they realized that there would be no resistance or repercussion no matter what they did to her, they got increasingly aggressive. Some cut her neck with a knife and drank the blood. They placed her naked on the table and put the knife in her vagina. Someone loaded the gun with the available bullet and put it to her head.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This experiment is proof that if people are allowed to act with impunity, they will take it as far as they possibly can. It is not necessary to be directed to this behavior and there is no one – no one – who is immune to it; it is human nature. It is the reason things like Nazi Germany are able to happen, and the reason regular everyday citizens turn into brutal torturers as we saw in Nazi Germany or into dangerous mobs (link very NSFW) as we see in many areas to this day. The culprit is not religion. It is not a charismatic Führer or other politician. People do not become this way because they are forced to or because of any other reason than the simple fact that they want to. They want to hurt and subjugate those who are weaker, just like any other animal. Humans in general are uncomfortable with this fact; they are quick to point out things they consider to be mitigating factors, such as differences in culture, race, time period and anything else they can but these things do not make it any less of a fact. That is why Nazi Germany stands alone as such a perfect example. It obliterates these mitigating factors. There were no cave-dwelling barbarians in Nazi Germany. These were not an uneducated Third World people reacting to superstition and shamanism. These were white upper, middle and lower class people just like you and me. They became monsters because they were allowed to become monsters and underneath of it all, that is what we all want to be.
This is why the much-beloved idea of anarchy cannot work and why all these Brave New World and Evolved Consciousness concepts are just so much hot air. Humans will never be able to rule over themselves without a system of repercussions. It has failed every time it has ever been tried. I hate the government with a passion that many probably regard as borderline fanaticism but even I recognize that this is so. In fact, I hate the government because of this, because of what they become after being allowed to act with impunity for so long. As much as we all want to believe that we have evolved beyond this basic nature, we have not. You think you are an evolved, civilized and cultured being who uses logic and reason instead of violence. You are not. You think you have conquered your primitive nature and have risen above the mouth-breathers who cannot or will not do this. You have not. You think you are concerned and compassionate about the world around you, a shining beacon of Evolved Man’s triumph over his nature. You are not. You’re none of these things and all it would take is the application of the right circumstances to prove this to you.
We see it in history repeated over and over again when any person or population is permitted to act with impunity upon another person or populace. The end result is subjugation, violence, torture and murder. Always. You see this very clearly in children before they are taught the responsible and acceptable way to behave in society. Empathy, generosity and compassion are not innate. They are learned. And they are easily-forgotten. That is, perhaps, the true legacy and importance of The Third Reich: it stands as the single greatest example of what people are capable of if they are allowed to act with impunity. It may be one of the single greatest lessons in history that we as people need to learn.
Scream Machine – War-Face
Scream Machine – Bow
Cosmo has a new side-project called PIPEBOMB. He recently finished a track called “Take” featuring myself and Fredrik Croona of Project Rotten on the vocals.
We decided to do a little spur of the moment photoshoot to create a still for it. This is the shoot.
A new set of pics. 🙂
I found a new photo editing program.
But all of the words for these are bad. : )