“Corrective Rape”: Heterosexist Gay-Bashing & Misogyny Connected
[Trigger warning! And thanks to a reader for explaining the term. I have known several rape survivors, but I always find myself with more to learn. ] My late mother was a bit player in the Civil Rights movement. She told me about once being part of a solidarity march by white women in Daytona Beach, FL. As white men rode by in pick-up trucks hurling abuse and other things, she remembers one man screaming at them, “All you gals need is a little rape to teach you!” I have heard many a similar story by other women.
Now, South Africa is trying to “cure” lesbians by “corrective rape.” The idea is apparently to “teach” lesbians the “true purpose” of a vagina. Don’t think this attitude is only in South Africa. Central to patriarchy is the need to keep women in their “place.” Central to heterosexism is the idea of keeping men and women in “proper place.” Gay men are subject to violence to teach the shame of having “been treated like a woman.” Lesbians are threatened with “corrective rape.”
Heterosexual women who aren’t submissive to men are threatened, sometimes even by churches, with physicalabuse to teach them their “proper role” of submission to men.
If you aren’t angry right now, you aren’t paying attention.
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