Fat and Rape…yet again.

According to a London newspaper a lawyer defending three boys accused of raping two teenagers argued that one of the victims was likely grateful for the “attention” because she was fat.

 The lawyer is quoted as saying:

She was 12st 6lb – not quite the swan she may turn into. She may well have been glad of the attention. 

This disgusting piece of news is, of course, reminiscent of what happened earlier this week.  When the Shakesville blog was invaded by trolls slinging a repulsive blend of rape imagery and fat hatred in an attempt to terrorize and humiliate a blogger who criticized the Opie and Anthony show.

The only difference is in how graphic the trolls were, but the message is pretty much the same: fat women should be grateful for any attention they get: even if it’s rape. Even if it’s death threats.

It seems to me that this is the flip side of the Catch-22 for rape victims: if you’re seen as “attractive” or dress “provocatively” then you can’t have been raped because you were asking for it. If you’re seen as unattractive or fat, then you can’t have been raped because you were obviously desperate for it.

9 Responses to “Fat and Rape…yet again.”

  1. celsou Says:

    I’m so sick of rape, sexual harassement, cat-calls, etc being considered compliments. How can a lawyer get away with spouting such bullshit? It’s actually dangerous and validates people who think this way.

  2. celsou Says:

    Also, I’m really disgusted that this lawyer is a woman. I don’t know which is worse, that she believes what she says or that she would use any argument to win the case.

  3. kateharding Says:

    Oh. My. God.

    I’m with celsou on not knowing which is worse.

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  5. Meranda Says:

    How utterly pathetic & disgusting. I don’t even know what to say…

  6. k Says:

    it would be disgusting and wrong no matter what size the victim, was, but according to the article she weighed 12 stone 6 pounds. Google says that’s *~174 pounds~*

  7. Earthencircle Says:

    I am sorry that people today have to deal with this at all. Of all the hurful things. I guess I’m so stunned, sad and pained that I’m speechless too! My heart goes out.

  8. fatfu Says:

    Yeah I’m with all of you on the speechlessness thing. It took me about an hour to think of something to say about this that didn’t amount to a stream of expletives.

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