Friday, January 10, 2014

The Rape Culture of India

Flaky feminists (I know, redundant) are fond of talking about "rape culture," by which they mean us, Americans. And the Americans they annoy with this silliness are the Americans least likely to rape anybody or even think about raping anybody.  Yeah, us White guys. Now, there is a rape culture in the Black ghettos, a place totally opaque to feminists, and there's definitely a rape culture in South Africa, a place feminists have heard about only because St. Mandela used to live there. And there's a rape culture in India, too. And there has been for a long time. For some reason, we're hearing about it now, probably because young, naive journalists haven't yet learned that it's racist or something to criticize non-European cultures.

Neil has some advice for the rape victims of India, who of course will never hear it, or pay any attention to it if they do hear it, because they're part of the rape culture, whether they know it or not. A great deal of the human race is a part of one rape culture or another. Now, the irony is (and irony is never far away when you discuss feminism) that the West isn't and never has been a rape culture. Rapes take place, as do a lot of crimes, but it's always considered a crime and condemned and punished by the culture as a whole! In India and South Africa, it's normal, acceptable behavior. And 
before somebody brings it up, the the Rape of the Sabine Women was not rape, but bride-abduction, a practice found all over the world, in various degrees of seriousness. So even in early Roman times, rape was not the norm, not acceptable, and there evidently wasn't a word for it, because the Latin raptio didn't mean it then, and only gradually came to mean it. Now, we might consider bride-abduction to be unsavory, but it is most certainly not rape.

Well. Again, Neil advises, and the women of India can't say they weren't warned:

A Note to the Women of India
by L.Neil Smith 

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

We used to have a saying in America: "Nobody ever raped a .38".
I say we used to have it. Not many folks actually say it any more, not because it's been discredited, but in the 40-odd years since it was coined, it has gradually fallen into the category of self-evident truths.

The same 40-odd years have taught us a number of other things, as well. One is that it's better if the weapon in question starts with a .4. But another it that when you need it, any gun is better than no gun.

These thoughts, and others like them, will be new to many of those I'm addressing specifically today. I'm unsure whether most Americans even know that young Indian women are being attacked and raped by large groups of men. They will often be attacked more than once, and if they report it to the authorities they risk death by being set afire.

What's interesting, in a horrible way, is that these men are not the dirtbags who would commit this sort of crime in our country. Many come from "good families". What makes it even worse is that the police seem not to care, and regard the women who report these events as a nuisance.

I'm writing this because I thought Indian women might like to know about a series of events that took place in Orlando, Florida, in 1971 that have changed the course of American history immeasurably for the better.

A great deal of effort is expended by the international media to portray America as an especially violent country. This is largely untrue—remove from the statistics the inner-city cores that have been under socialist control for a century, the rest of America is the most prosperous, productive, and peaceful culture the world has ever seen—but even if it were, at least we have learned how to handle crime.

In 1971, it was estimated that one American in three would be touched by violent crime at some point in their lives. In Orlando, there was a sort of epidemic of rapes going on, nowhere near what India is going through today, but bad enough—until some unsung genius in the city government offered what was then a highly radical suggestion.

The city's women were told that, if they'd like to be shown how to use a gun, safely and effectively, police officers would be available on a given Saturday morning to help. Two hundred student shooters were expected.

Two thousand showed up.

Over the following decade, violent crime in Florida plummeted—in double digits—in a way that had failed to happen in previous years when billions of federal dollars and hundreds of thousands of professional "crime-fighters" had been thrown at it. During the same period, public officials—except for those in Orlando—backed up by "cooked" statistics, blatant lies, and outright threats, urged civilians unanimously not to try to defend themselves. Increasingly, individuals began to ignore this advice, and violent crime declined nationwide.

The only thing those "in charge" managed to achieve was to end any lingering respect for authority in America. A new dawn was about to break. America's current "Tea Party" struggle for greater freedom, lower taxes, fewer laws and regulations, would have been unimaginable without the empowerment provided by the long political struggle for self-defense.

In the 60s and 70s, politicians deliberately gave women bad advice about defending themselves, and all that people could do was ignore them. We have now reached a point where we can drive them out of office.

If you take nothing else away from this essay, take this: what happens next is up to you. Only you can help yourself. That's why it's called _self_-defense. You already have the right; you were born with it. There are those who will try to keep you from exercising it. Many will be politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen. Some will be pundits. All of them will lie and falsify the truth. All of them will be wrong.
The fact is that self-defense is a personal bodily function, exactly like breathing, eating, drinking, sleeping, and going to the bathroom. Not one of those functions can be delegated to somebody else. It doesn't even make sense to talk about it. There's a saying going around today: "When seconds count, the police can be there in minutes".

A rapist is like any criminal. He expects to get what he wants without effort or risk. The rapist's interest isn't so much in sex as in wielding power over other people, living off their terror and submission. When you show him that he'll have to struggle for what he wants, and that he risks being injured or killed himself, when you demonstrate that you have power equal or superior to his, he loses interest.

Ninety-five percent of the time, all you have to do is show the gun.

Will you have to break the law to defend yourself?


Will some of you get in trouble with the authorities?

Almost certainly.

Can you put a stop to the tidal wave of gang-rapes ravaging your country?

Without question.

But it's up to you, to change the law, to change society.

To change yourself.

Just remember: nobody ever raped a .38.


  1. you are a fucking idiot. oh.. and a racist too. When you write about something as important as this, you have a responsibility to not misinform people who may come across your 'essay'. Don't be so ignorant. How you view something from those eyes of yours, within that head of yours, is not the only way that 'something' can be viewed. oh, and by the way, the great USofA has one of the highest rape crime rates in the world, i believe, something like every 6.2 minutes. Finally, please don't advise the use of guns, because then, apart from the problems India is already dealing with (and i might add, quite well) they definitely don't need to add mass 'gun shootings' to the list. Open YOUR eyes, wise American.

    1. I'm very saddened by the fact that I could only barely tell it was satire.