Re: Personal responsibility [was Re: Genderless societies]
Fri, 17 Sep 1999 11:44:54 -0400

Robert Bradbury writes:
>Probably depends on the situation. If you are being threatened
>at gunpoint in a very scary situation, probably not. But if you
>were captured, tied up, got "comfortable" with the captor and they
>stimulated you for long enough, I bet the apparatus would work.

Could we please dispel a particular myth about rape--the idea that one must be aroused in some fashion for it to take place. In actual medical fact, the stress and fear involved in a forcible situation can cause the genitalia, whether male or female, to go through arousal changes. This does not mean that the individual is actually aroused, but that the biology is trying to protect itself from the serious damage that could occur. Most rape crisis centers have factual medical materials available that dicusses this in more detail.

Urgh, I don't usually get into this sort of thing, but I also think that we need to base our discussions on scientific facts when those scientific facts are available.

Kathryn Aegis