Playing the Indian Card

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Women Raping Men

Back when I was on the Standards Committee of the Editors' Association of Canada, we developed a course for prospective editors. One author wanted to make the point that it was not always necessary to use inclusive language: some things pertained only to men, or only to women. Her chosen example was rape: it was never necessary to say "he or she" raped "him or her." Since, of course, only men raped.

I objected at the time, for the obvious reason that I knew personally men who had been raped by women. And it turns out it is not uncommon.

About time we drove a stake through the heart of this prejudice.

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