Scoot: Trump and his accuser’s comments about rape are outrageous!

Scoot
June 25, 2019 - 12:21 pm

In this case, the accused and the accuser both made reprehensible comments about the same alleged event.

President Trump is being accused by another woman of sexual assault; and in this case, the allegation fits the classic definition of rape. In saying the claim is completely false – Trump said, that the woman accusing him is “not my type.”

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, the accuser, E. Jean Carroll, Elle magazine writer and advice columnist, said that she is uncomfortable calling the alleged assault, which she said included penetration, rape because most people consider rape “sexy.”

Which one of those two comments is more inappropriate?

Does promoting his innocence through saying the rape didn’t happen because she’s “not my type” imply that the only reason he didn’t rape her was because she wasn’t his “type”? That comment from President Trump instantly drew harsh condemnation and rightfully so.

Not to be outdone by Trump’s ridiculous comment, E. Jean Carroll explained to Anderson Cooper that she doesn’t want to call the sexual assault because most people think of rape in terms of it being a sexual fantasy. That comment led to an explosion of criticism and rightfully so.

The idea of a sexual fantasy where one person plays the role of the aggressor and the other person is having sex against their will touches on the emotion that the sex is guilt-free since the person is not consenting. A sexual fantasy is a far cry from rape, and E. Jean Carroll discredited her own rape allegation by making such a disgustingly insensitive comment.

Sexual fantasies can include role-playing that mirror sex that is totally inappropriate in the real world. Carroll further damaged her allegation of rape by saying that most people – which would imply over 50% - think of rape as a sexual fantasy.

President Trump also accused Carroll of creating the false rape claim to promote her upcoming book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.” The alleged rape took place in the dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan in the mid-90s. Considering the 15 other women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump it is curious that E. Jean Carroll waited for this moment to accuse Trump.

What both comments suggest is a dark side of both President Trump and E. Jean Carroll. The instinctive response that he didn’t rape her because she’s not his “type” leaves open the idea that he only sexually assaults women he is attracted too. There is no other way to interpret that response.

E. Jean Carroll’s comment that the sexual assault, which included penetration, should be called rape because most people think of rape in sexual fantasy terms is crude and an insult to every rape survivor.

It is convenient to a discussion when one side is blatantly wrong, but in this case, both parties were wrong and both comments reveal a disturbing sexual mentality that is shared by others.

President Trump’s response to the allegations should have been simply, “I didn’t rape her. I do not rape women."  E. Jean Carroll should have been eager to describe what happened as “rape,” and the fact that she didn’t tells us about her sexual mentality.

 

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