Chris Brown and A Nation of Raped Boys

Definitely a great look at the flip-side of the growing rape culture

Olivia A. Cole

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Yesterday I read an article in which Chris Brown discussed the age at which he lost his virginity. He was 8, he says, and the girl was 14 or 15. He mentions that in “the country” he and his cousins watched a lot of porn, so by age 8 he was “hot to trot.” Maybe so. Children can have sexual feelings at 8, but whether they can consent to sex at age 8 is an entirely different subject. Sex at age 8 is rape, especially given the fact that the girl involved was significantly older, a teenager. Chris Brown was raped, but to hear him tell it, that experience was positive, healthy. Something to brag about. “At eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it.”

And the worst part? This isn’t the first time I’ve…

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4 thoughts on “Chris Brown and A Nation of Raped Boys

  1. This seems to be yet another of several attempts to redefine patriarchy as a system for the exploitation of children and youth and adults of both genders rather than the previous definition as a system for the exploitation of women and girls. This doesn’t pass any test of reasoned argument. The young Mr. Brown was victimized by a teenage girl, yet somehow this is still about patriarchy. Bologna! As nearly every critic of such arguments has already noted, every gender-reversed example involving an 8-y/o girl and a 14-y/o boy generates furious outrage and demands that the boy be brought to justice. Over and over, we hear no such demands from feminist circles regarding the teenage girl involved with Mr. Brown. Over and over, post after post, editorial after editorial, ad infinitum, no responsibility is assigned to the teenage girl screwing an 8-y/o boy. And ya’ll wonder why you’re called the “weaker sex;” it’s not your physique on display in this post, it’s your individual mind.

    • Hmmm, T, this comment feels awfully personal, but I’m going to assume positive intent and that it’s not actually levied in my direction. I often share things I find thought provoking and, as you’ll notice, my own comment was on the flip-side of this “rape culture” that seems to be defining us.

      With regard to the author’s comments on patriarchy, I took her comment to be nothing more than pointing out that it goes both ways and that patriarchy, as it’s practiced, can be damaging to boys as well. The post is about rape and that boys at that age are unable to consent to sex.

      When it comes to Patriarchy specifically, its definition is not about exploitation at all, but rather “social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line; broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power” (Merriam-Webster). So exploitation is not part of the strict definition of patriarchy. Exploitation is the result of the abuse of power by men within the system. It is VERY possible to have a fair patriarchal system wherein the virtue of women is protected as is their empowerment. We just don’t have that system.

      The same argument can be made for the porn industry. The porn industry is not by definition exploitive. The Porn Industry is designed for the purpose of making money and is therefore amoral. Exploitation of women within porn is a byproduct of the industry as a result of the fact that the majority of the women who enter that industry are not making rational, reasoned decisions.

      So, my ultimate point is that exploitation within partriarchy is a byproduct. Yes, so-called Feminists of our day, paint patriarchy with a wide brush with which I disagree,

      Regards,

      E.S.

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