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Friday, November 7, 2008

Today in Inappropriate Uses of the Word “Rape”

posted by on November 7 at 10:21 AM

Take it away, Beth Shaw:


If you read through the whole thing, which I strongly do not recommend, you’ll discover that what Shaw means when she says Palin was “raped” is that she was “watched and analyzed,” her words “recorded, examined and dissected”… by women.

Sorry, Beth, but that word does not mean what you think it means.

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Sheesh. So according to this definition, Max Clelland and John Kerry were gang raped back in 2004?

Just another example of right-wing fucktards and their double-standards.

Posted by demo kid | November 7, 2008 10:27 AM

Maybe the RNC will help pay for her rape kit.

Posted by monkey | November 7, 2008 10:28 AM

Yeah, rape only has one definition.

4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside.

Violation only has one definition, too.

5. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will.

These words can only be used in these ways.

Posted by Erica C. Barnett's brain | November 7, 2008 10:34 AM

im getting a lot of joy out of reclusiveleftist these past few weeks.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 7, 2008 10:35 AM

it's the RNC & McCain campaign staffers that are feeding the rapists.

Posted by max solomon | November 7, 2008 10:35 AM

@3. Connotation vs. Denotation. Look it up.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 10:37 AM

#6, huh?

Posted by w7ngman | November 7, 2008 10:39 AM

Hmm--what was she wearing when she was "raped"? Oh, right. Did she get around to donating those to charity yet?

Posted by Tiktok | November 7, 2008 10:42 AM

@2 - That is definitely my favorite answer of the day!

Posted by Sad Comment | November 7, 2008 10:44 AM


Posted by Dominic Holden | November 7, 2008 10:48 AM

Let the insanely hyperbolic whine-fest begin. We've got a minimum of four years worth of this kind of crap to look forward to from conservatives.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 7, 2008 10:49 AM

Mmmmm - elections are over. Time for the raging, insufferable feminist to come hurtling back at us. Hear her roar. Loud, yet still ignorable.

Posted by Wah wah wah | November 7, 2008 10:51 AM

@12 reclusive leftist never went away.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 7, 2008 10:53 AM

@3, Why do those Mormons want to stop bundles of sticks from having happy marriages?? Why do they want to arrest happy men who have stage 2 Freudian gender?!? I'm so confused, I got a dictionary but don't know how to use it!!

Posted by jrrrl | November 7, 2008 11:03 AM

"Sarah Palin dared to be the crab climbing out of the bucket. The other crabs have snapped and clutched to force her back into her place... back in the bucket."

Wow, stupendous writing

Posted by Stripes | November 7, 2008 11:05 AM

Any fule kno that "rape" is what Palin was intending to do to the country, not the other way around.

Posted by Fnarf | November 7, 2008 11:11 AM

Wow, that was some of the worst writing I've ever read. I couldn't get past the first paragraph. What a dunce.

Posted by Levislade | November 7, 2008 11:33 AM

I'm pretty sure using "rape" as cool slang for pretty ordinary acts, like this case of intense scrutiny, is only cool in frathouses, not so much in semi-serious journalism.

Posted by Lara | November 7, 2008 11:34 AM

So the press actually performing its democratic function (for once) is now "rape," huh? Talk about soft bigotry . . .

Posted by shub-negrorath | November 7, 2008 11:40 AM

Beth Shaw, meet Andrea Dworkin.

Confirms my theory that if you go far enough to the left or right, you end up in the same place.

Posted by Sean | November 7, 2008 11:42 AM

@7 - While "rape" may have multiple denotations, the word's connotation is very clearly one of violence and crime. Particularly when you're using it in reference to a woman, and not, say, "the countryside".

Short version: rape really only has one primary meaning in common usage today. To use it in a story like that is pretty ridiculous.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 11:54 AM

By that definition, I got raped in English 202 last semester.

Posted by James B. | November 7, 2008 11:56 AM

I'm sure she was really asking for it.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 7, 2008 11:58 AM

@21, regardless of how much you LIKE the usage, it's ridiculous to state that rape 'really has only one primary meaning'. As the article clearly illustrates, it has more than one meaning, even if it's an idiot using the word.

damned prescriptionists.

Posted by rococo | November 7, 2008 12:03 PM

I stand by my opinion. There are really two points here.

(1) The primary denotation of rape is the sexual violation of a woman. Ask anybody on the street to define rape, and I would be 99% will give that definition. The others are extremely rarely used in common speech.

(2) Even if one of the less prominent denotations is being used, the connotation of rape is violence (specifically, violence against women). So, to use it in this article is not appropriate.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 12:17 PM

Maybe she was just using it in the South Park/Indiana Jones sense.

Posted by F | November 7, 2008 12:34 PM

I'd like to drench the bitch in canola oil.

Posted by Fnarf | November 7, 2008 12:38 PM

@24, that same argument could be made with Nader saying "Uncle Tom", and it would miss the point just as much.

Posted by kile | November 7, 2008 12:40 PM

@28... I thought that's why everyone was upset about the use of "Uncle Tom"? That, there is a denotation that makes sense in terms of Nader's usage of the phrase. But, "Uncle Tom" has such a strong connotation of a black person betraying their race, that people were upset by it.

Or, are you saying people shouldn't have been upset by Nader's comment?

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 12:50 PM

Not unlike former GOP vice president Dan Quayle thinking that "potato" is spelled "potatoe," a GOP headline writer and supporter of Sarah Palin probably thinks that "rap" is spelled "rape."

Posted by Slip Mahoney | November 7, 2008 12:51 PM

did anyone notice the other link to "sarah palin has a 120 IQ"? wtf?!

Posted by ellarosa | November 7, 2008 1:36 PM

@29, I agree people should be upset. The real definition of the word "ghetto" is an area that is home to singular type of people. So if I go around calling retirement homes a ghetto, I might be using the word correctly, but I'm bound to confuse someone.

People should speak to their audience, not to their encyclopedias.

Posted by kile | November 10, 2008 11:16 AM

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