This was written during the Write-Off
, Round 3, the prompts being trapped
I edited it further after that. The main reason I didn't submit this for the prize draw was that I felt it needed some refining.
Twenty minutes weren't quite enough for this
Yes, this is about rape.
I was thinking of an article I read concerning this topic while I wrote this. Frankly, the article both shocked and scared me, and for those reasons I consider it well worth the read.
"Society has allowed rapists to define what resistance is: screaming, crying, scratching, pushing, kicking, biting, punching. I didn't resist like that. My resistance was to wriggle a bit, turn my head away when he tried to kiss me, try to stop his hand going into my bra and knickers, push him ineffectually, talk about wanting to get my cab; all things which normal men recognise as not being enthusiastic participation when they are engaging with women but pretend it's a grey area when they talk about rape. Rapists have managed to get society to believe, that what I did, was consent.
Because I didn't resist in the way rapists - and society - say that women should resist, they define our non-participation as consent."
Read the whole thing here.
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