Germaine Greer: ‘Most rape is bad sex’ not ‘violent crime’

Germaine Greer has claimed that some cases of rape should not be thought of as a “spectacularly violent crime”. Instead, they should be seen as but non-consensual “bad sex”. The writer and feminist also called for a rethink on the way the crime is prosecuted.

Some instances were more likely to be “lazy, careless, or insensitive”, the author told an audience at the Hay literary festival. She said the crime should be punished by 200 hours of community service and an “R” tattoo on the cheek.

“Most rapes don’t involve any injury whatsoever,” she said. “Most rape is just lazy, just careless, insensitive. Every time a man rolls over on his exhausted wife and insists on enjoying his conjugal rights he is raping her. It will never end up in a court of law.”

Victims became little more than “bits of evidence”, she said.

“Instead of thinking of rape as a spectacularly violent crime and some rapes are, think about it as non-consensual … that is bad sex,” she added. “Sex where there is no communication, no tenderness, no mention of love.”

Greer also questioned what she called the “official position”, that 70 per cent of rape victims suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder by comparison with 20 per cent of military veterans.

“At this point you think, what the hell are you saying?” she said. “That something that leaves no sign, no injury, nothing, is more damaging to women than seeing your best friend blown up by an IED is to a veteran?”

Arguing that society should stop “pathologising” rape and saying it destroys women’s lives, she said: “We haven’t been destroyed, we’ve been bloody annoyed, is what we’ve been.

“I reckon 200 hours of community service will do – would do me. I suggested a long time ago that maybe a little tattoo would be a good thing. Maybe an ‘R’ on your hand. I’d prefer it on your cheek.”

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