Gender as performance makes no sense in the context of rape.

Huff Yup discusses the three main conceptions of gender and how they align with the fact of rape.

A philosophical argument starts with premises. Here’s one:

Men rape women because women are women; existing as a woman is the common denominator between the vast majority of rapes in the world…

When you plug in the traditional understanding of gender, you get: Men rape women because God made them as women; being made by God as a woman is the common denominator between the vast majority of rapes in the world. Hopefully we’d all agree that this fatalistic essentialism is profoundly misogynistic and obviously designed to block any challenge to the male supremacist structure.

When you plug in the radical understanding of gender, you get: Men rape women because a concrete system of social power has placed females into the sex-caste ‘woman’; being placed by a concrete system of social power into the sex-caste ‘woman’ is the common denominator between the vast majority of rapes in the world. This approach, the exact opposite of the traditional understanding, offers both a reasonable explanation for the existence of sexual terrorism and a clear method for challenging the structure of male supremacy; if placement into a sex-caste system facilitates rape, abolish the sex-caste system.

So what happens when you plug in the queer understanding of gender? As far as I can tell, you get this:

Men rape women because women feel a certain way about themselves and perform that feeling through specific culturally-mandated channels; feeling a certain way about yourself and performing that feeling through specific culturally-mandated channels is the common denominator between the vast majority of rapes in the world.

Do you disagree? I hope you do.

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