11 thoughts on “This is not an invitation to rape me

  1. The link has some important stuff on it, including dismal facts about what people think.

  2. zooeyibiz, I’m not so sure. If I say to a student, “I understand you were told you would lose you grant if you don’t score well, but this is not an invitation to cheat.” I don’t think I imply that something else is.

  3. That’s a strange criticism to make, zooeyibz. As far as I can tell, it’s not even analytically possible to invite someone to rape me.

    A much better objection, to my mind, is that the images encourage rape by objectifying their female subjects.

  4. I looked at the site and there only seem to be white people in the ads and the women are all model-like. So apparently only white, thin women get raped?

  5. Thanks, TKL, for pointing that out. I confess that although I noticed it I assumed that this was a mistaken impression due to an overhasty look at the site. That does indeed seem like a big problem for the campaign.

  6. I couldn’t access the “have your say” part, I got an error, so I contacted them, and they fixed it.
    So now I have been reading what’s been said on there. And one thing that struck me, that has had my attention for a while too, is a funny little notion of how I hate to be referred to as “female” as a noun. It is fine as an adjective. But personally, the reference of “female” (n.) irks me. It reminds me of David Attenborough (love him) in nature documentaries, talking about lions, or baboons, or whatever, in a grave voice saying “the male approaches the female…”.
    I haven’t been able to put a finger on WHY it irks me to be called “a female”, but it is similar to me hating to be called “dear” (as a noun, again) but it is fine as people call me “dear (adjective) [reference to me]”
    What brought this on is that on the forum, when you post, you have to choose your gender (ha! another discussion, but that aside), and it shows when you post that you’re a male or a female.
    Ergh.
    Does anyone else have this weird aversion to be called a female (as a noun)?

  7. It would be nice, if unlikely, to find some good reason for the images they used. As it is, it does carry all sorts of implications about who gets raped and even draws on some of the cliches it surely is questioning.

    Perhaps it is intentionally setting up media cliches in Scottish TV? But what would be the point of that, unless Scottish TV is full of rape scenes that need specifically to be targeted?

  8. I cannot account for the good looks of the women in the photos. However, it is true that Scotland is a very, very ‘white’ country.

  9. Hippocampa – yup. And the converse – I don’t like ‘woman lawyer/character/person/etc’, with ‘woman’ being used as an adjective. I’m forever writing ‘female = adjective; woman = noun’ on my students’ work, but I fear it’s a losing battle.

    In general I notice that women are referred to as ‘females’ (used as a noun) more often than men are referred to as ‘males’ (used as a noun), and that ‘woman’ is used as an adjective more often than ‘man’ is, but I don’t know whether this is simply because male/man=default and so other ‘other’ must be marked. Ergo it’s more common to ‘need’ to write woman/female. I’ve certainly never seen the phrase ‘men characters’, even in the most grammatically incorrect of essays, whereas ‘women characters’ is very common (and it’s usual to get references to the ‘characters’ and the ‘female characters’).

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