Are more men raped than women?

This inane claim comes from the Gamergate contingent. But Finally Feminism puts that claim to rest.

Looking at the population inside prisons and jails does decrease the overall difference between female and male sexual assault victimization rates. That’s because the male population of prisons and jails is much higher than the female population and because sexual assault is much more common in those institutional settings than in the general population.

But it doesn’t flip the percentages. The Daily Mail article is wrong: Self-reported rates of sexual assault are still considerably higher for women than for men.

The point of this post? It’s always good to know what the data actually tells us. With the general warning that we should be careful about comparing disparate data sets, collected in different ways, it’s pretty safe to believe that more women than men are raped in the United States.

12 thoughts on “Are more men raped than women?

  1. John Doe September 19, 2016 at 00:51 Reply

    How the hell does a woman rape a man except orally?

    Like I keep on saying, this is what I feel a real social justice warrior would do. Just look up the terms,heterophobia and reverse racism/sexism on google and you’ll be dumped on with people saying these things exist.


    Who on a whim attacks a person for being heterosexual alone? I want to ask these people that are they sure it’s not because they have too much privilege and, you know it really doesn’t need to be said, they treat homosexuals and bisexuals like crap for not conforming to social norms? Do people ever stop and actually wonder why people do what they do?

    • Francois Tremblay September 19, 2016 at 00:54 Reply

      There’s also anally.

      • John Doe September 19, 2016 at 01:10 Reply


        The woman would have to be on the receiving end, right?

        • Francois Tremblay September 19, 2016 at 01:11 Reply


          • John Doe September 19, 2016 at 01:21 Reply

            Well, fuck (no pun intended.)

            By the way, did you read my comment about the internet and trolling on your article “Americans are not ‘polarized’?” I figured since we were on the subject of polarizing politics, I thought I would get something off my chest.

            • Francois Tremblay September 19, 2016 at 01:25 Reply

              Yes, I read every comment I get on the blog. I get them by email. So don’t worry about that.

              • John Doe September 19, 2016 at 08:50 Reply

                I was thinking I could use your input.

                • Francois Tremblay September 19, 2016 at 14:35

                  I don’t really have anything to say about it. You’re basically right.

    • Leo September 25, 2016 at 21:13 Reply

      Of course they can. Oral, anal, statutory, being made to penetrate, incapacitated, coercion, etc. Women don’t always physically resist, neither do men, sometimes they freeze up. Having an erection isn’t consent any more than arousal is for a woman.

  2. John Doe September 20, 2016 at 02:45 Reply

    There is also something else that I have been meaning to talk to you about since we are or were on the subject of polarizing politics. We’ve discussed that one TV show that I am obsessed with and you told me that art imitates life.

    Well, listen to this.

    I’m not particularly interested in it, but have you ever heard of a TV show on Cartoon Network called Steven Universe? It’s about a little boy with magical powers who lives with three older women and they fight evil together, basically. Themes of the show include excepting your imperfections, as indicated by the quote “If every porkchop were perfect then we wouldn’t have hotdogs.” It also explores heavier subjects such as identity and family.

    Here’s the thing, the fandom has gotten some flak lately. There are these two characters named Pearl and Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz is depicted as overweight and it is heavily implied throughout the show that Pearl is a lesbian who has romantic feelings for Rose. Rebecca Sugar, the show’s creator and open bisexual, has gone on record to say that freely exploring your sexuality is important even for children.

    I could say a whole bunch of other things, but to get to the point, there were a few incidents. The first incident is that there was this girl in the fandom who drew the characters as what they were not, basically. She represented Rose as being underweight as well allegedly racially stereotyping characters from different shows. There was even a moment where she was caught dressing up in yellowface, she was putting on geisha makeup even though she is not Asian. There was a second incident in which another fan started pairing Pearl with a male character.

    These incidents drew some sharp criticism from the fandom at large. How did these two fans respond? Oh, no big way, they apparently both tried to kill themselves. Thus, everybody was completely up in arms against the fandom labeling them as thought policers, bullies, and you guessed it “SJW’s.” It raised the question of whether or not LGB’s and non-whites should be represented at all if this is how people are apparently going to act.

    I want to write comics and maybe animate in the future, and my opinion as a half questioning half asexual autistic is that if my own characters were portrayed as something they were not, I’d be pissed off, too. I mean, these are my babies.

    • Francois Tremblay September 20, 2016 at 04:33 Reply

      Yea, I am vaguely aware of Steven Universe. It seems all right.

      • John Doe September 20, 2016 at 05:36 Reply

        It quickly became the butt of the internet with people citing it as “SJW” propaganda. One thing that the alt-right absolutely seems to despise is diversity. I just googled anti-diversity and these people claim that diversity is code for anti-white. In fact I am just reminded of a Youtuber by the name of Sargon of Akkad, a GamerGater who hates diversity in video games.

        Again, the whole debacle raised the question of whether or not non-whites, females, and sexual non-conformists should be represented at all. If they are represented then South Park will just lampoon it for shits and giggles.

        I am actually looking forward to South Park’s cancellation. They have done absolutely nothing original except insult everyone who is not a privileged straight white male. They’ve even had the gall to insult people with like me who have Asperger’s. Sooner or later I feel that people are going to get older and wiser, look back on South Park, and realize that people behind the show are nothing but a gang of schoolyard bullies. I can the say the same to Family Guy.

        Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, however, draws legitimate criticism I believe to the modern anime industry for it’s lack of diversity and individuality. It actually puts its characters in original situations and mainly makes fun of itself.

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