Todd is deep trouble for using the phrase “legitimate rape”, for implying that a lot of rapes are not legitimate – implying that a lot of rape allegations are false rape allegations, or the post hoc reinterpretation of profoundly ambiguous events as rape.
Evolutionary psychology predicts that women will be far more upset about consenting to sex with someone that they subsequently deem a creep or a loser, than actually being forcibly and unambiguously raped, thus false or delusive rape accusations are likely to be common.
Surveys show that it is very rare for a woman married to the head of her household to be raped, and very common that the rapist is an acquaintance of the woman.
This suggests that most rapes occur under courtship circumstances, where it is apt to be inherently ambiguous whether the women consented or not.
In practice, the only common cases where a woman unambiguously consents to sex is marriage, where she consents verbally in front of witnesses, and prostitution, where she accepts a fee for service. In other cases, consent is seldom verbal, and not merely merely non verbal, but, as in cats, pre verbal, making it genuinely hard to apply our contract based concepts of consent. Illicit sex is usually inherently ambiguous sex. You cannot really say she consented except she comes back or sticks around, she herself cannot really say whether she consented unless she observes herself coming back or sticking around. These days, much, perhaps most, sex outside marriage does not involve people sticking around or coming back.
Observe the courtship of cats. On the one hand the pussy came when the tomcat called her, on the other hand the tomcat beat the hell out of her. If human courtship is usually more subtle and nuanced than that of cats, this makes it harder to interpret in terms of coercion and consent, not easier.
If most rapes are “real”, most rapes are nonetheless the result of behavior that a woman married to the head of the household would seldom engage in, presumably immoral behavior by the woman, and thus not sharply distinct, in the women’s behavior, in her own mind, and in the kind of evidence available, from “rapes” that are the result of her retroactively changing her mind.
Much, perhaps most, human mating these days occurs on the lek pattern. If you observe animals mating on the lek pattern, the female approaches a male, and then the male has sex with her. There is female choice, in that the female chose to approach one male and not another, but maybe she was just approaching to check him out more carefully, and got done regardless. It is meaningless to attempt to apply the concepts of strict consent applicable in a society of polygyny or monogamy. The concept of rape is difficult to apply to species that practice the lek mating pattern. And humans sometimes, in some societies, particularly our own, mate on the lek mating pattern.
That most rapes involve acquaintances, and that a woman married to the head of her household very seldom reports being raped, indicates that most rapes involve female choice similar to that of leking non human animals, in that the female chose to approach one male and not another. When a woman has promiscuous sex, sex on the lek mating pattern, she in practice usually behaves in way that makes the distinction between consent to sex and consent to be alone with a guy, profoundly unclear. In the lek mating pattern, there is no meaningful distinction between consenting to be with a male and consent to sex.
2005 US Crime victimization survey, file cv0513.csv
Rape/sexual assault rate for wife of male head of household 0.1 per 1000 (which is one in ten thousand, which zero within the margin of error)
Notice how quickly political correctness marches on. Today, using the survey category “wife of male head of household” is apt to cause outrage and indignation. Today, households supposedly have no heads. Indeed, for a household to have a head, and that head be male, is arguably criminal, something that is supposedly only practiced by rare right wing fundamentalist extremists.
(In reality of course, all households have a head. If the head is weak, the household breaks up, and if the head is a woman, the head is apt to be weak and the household apt to break up.)
Rape/sexual assault rate for children over 18 of male head of household 2.3 per thousand
Rape/sexual assault rate for female heads of households 1.6 per thousand.
Which suggest that the overwhelming majority of real or perceived rapes occur in the context of what is politely called courtship behavior by the female, and impolitely called “cruising for some dicking”
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