Politics of Rape

Analyzing a BBC story on rape in India, my mind wandered towards what is the scene in the Land of the Free. I was struck by the findings. I was not surprised. Only stunned.

Once every two minutes, a woman is raped in the US (that’s a world record, I am sure, because last checked BBC had reported that rape occurs once every hour in many under-developed countries). And of course, less than one third of all rapes are reported to the authorities in the Americas.

Here is little more of the unavoidable statistics. Often one wonders if numbers are good enough indicators. Even if they were not, theoretically, what else can one expect of a capitalistic economy with largest porn industry and widespread commodification?

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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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