Cracked: Realities of Being a Man Who Was Raped

Most of us realize in theory that men can be raped by women as well, but it’s just not seen as that big of a problem. Unless the victim is a child, female-on-male rape is considered so absurd that the only time we really see it is when it’s being portrayed as a carousel of slapstick wackiness in mainstream comedies. You see a beautiful actress force herself on a tied-down Vince Vaughn and the only thought is, “Ha, I wish!” After all, don’t movies tell us that men want sex, all the time, from absolutely anyone who’ll give it to them? He should be thanking her!

This is another way in which feminism benefits men. 

When male rape survivors (I prefer that term to “victim”) are dismissed, or too afraid to come forward, it is a direct result of ideas and beliefs regarding masculinity, forced on the male population by the patriarchy.  These beliefs are that men can’t be raped because that’s something that happens to women (when women aren’t lying about it, but that’s another issue), and women are inherently lesser. If a man claims he was raped, it therefore makes him lesser, because he is a man; he is supposed to want sex, no matter the circumstance. 

Feminism’s aim to level the patriarchy and make things equal benefits men because men may then cease to hide their vulnerability, and receive justice for wrongs done to them by women (and other men).