Also, I apologize for switching murder out for rape - really, I'm relying on rape as an emotional wedge here, which is totally not cool. But part of this is because I see absolutely no difference between killing someone out of a desire for personal gratification and raping them. To me, they are morally equivalent actions. From my perspective, if you're willing to subscribe to a system that sponsors vengeance-killing, you should have no problem with a system that sponsors vengeance-torture, or vengeance-rape. Once we're killing people for our own gratification, there really isn't any place left to go. You've taken away the most important fundamental right (the right to live). You might as well not bother with the rest.
H2SO4 wrote:Unfortunately, when you are a part of a society, you agree to submit yourself to the majority.
gmalivuk wrote:So if the majority decides you deserve to be raped, it's okay? Are lynch mobs okay?
This, and also, I never agreed to anything. I never signed a contract that gave anyone the right to deprive me of my life, my freedom, or my right to not be abused. And I never willingly would.
The notion that my right to not be abused is conditional - that I am given it only so long as I refrain from taking actions that society deems 'wrong' enough to justify taking my rights away - is basically the same mechanic by which victim blaming works ("You took the wrong actions. You broke the rules. You deserved what happened to you." - Said now not to a criminal, but to someone who was brutalized for speaking out of turn - or wearing the wrong clothes - or walking down the wrong alley at the wrong time of night).
And yes, I am saying that those who claim criminals deserve punishment are operating under the same mechanic by which we claim a victim deserves to be victimized. Because they wore the wrong clothes, or had too many drinks, or shouldn't have been out alone.
If you accept that nothing a victim can do can possibly justify their victimization, then you must also accept that nothing a criminal can do can possibly justify their