Work in progress. Bit by bit I am piecing together this fascinating social reaction to what has hitherto been a feminist issue and one which men react either angrily or non plussed to. Or so I thought:
From a comment at the Telegraph
A crime is a crime, never mind the machinations of oily lawyers nor the so called artistic eminance of the perpetrator. The victim’s own contemporary deposition was of a forced sexual act on a child – pure rape in all it’s filthy evil that makes all real mens’ toes clench. I hope they lock the despicable little bastard up for ever.
What women are saying
Entertainment is the new religion with sex, violence and money the new Trinity. The directors and stars are worshiped and quickly forgiven for any infraction as long as the PR agent is a skilled as a saintly confessor. Entertainment, not religion, is the new opiate of the people and we don’t want our supply disturbed…
….I don’t agree that this exhibit will be a beacon to pedophiles. But part of the problem is the photo itself – nude or not, why is a heavily made up child art? Why do we pornify our kids and make them into objects? I saw at a local pizza joint the other night a photo of the owner’s little girl in a dance outfit. She looked like a hooker. I’m not a prude at all, either. And this little girl looked like she should be on a street corner. Kind of like Jon Benet only with more skin showing. It’s not right to sexualize kids so early.
Same brilliant woman on those endless libertines, too numerous to quote, the good old boys and a fine collection of daft cows:
…So… the compassionate and ever so wise ladies of The View have pronounced the Polanski case to be rape, but not rape-rape. Therefore it isn’t just that Polanski be made to serve the sentence he was awarded for the crime of which he was convicted.
See, since that rape apparently didn’t conform to the silver screen version of rape wherein a grown woman is forced screaming and kicking, it isn’t actually rape. A child who is drugged and forced into sex is just a Lolita who was asking for it.
Links from the US feminist website Feministing (which while linking in to the subject, dealt itself with this subject rather limply):
Kate Harding: Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child
Amanda Hess: Common Roman Polanski Defenses, Refuted
Kieran Healy: “I look forward to more detailed explanations of who the Real Victim is here, and more fine-grained elaboration of the criteria — other than “marvelous dinner guest” — for being issued a Get Out of Child Rape Free card.”
Scott Lemieux: “The fact that the victim forgives Polanski doesn’t give him a license to skip out on his punishment.”
Amanda Marcotte: “I tend to have a negative view of doggedly pursuing a criminal decades after the crime, but there are exceptions. In this case, I think that that the pressing need to send the message that fame and fortune doesn’t give you a free pass to rape is worth the resources and effort put on bringing him in.”
Sady Doyle on rape culture and liking the artistic output of someone who happens to be a rapist.