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Because one can of worms is never enough!

Okay, gang, I'm off to spend an evening canoodling with my significant other, and will not be on the internet.

Please be civilized to each other in the prior post, I beg of you, while I'm not here to bounce. This is one topic where emotions run really high, and I don't want to have to close threads because I think it's an important topic to discuss, and we're all basically on the same side. If the conversation DOES get ugly, it's okay to say "I don't see anything productive coming out of this," and step away.

It's okay to be pissed. Just be polite.

However, before I go, for the purposes of discussion, one thing I've run across in this discussion (and other posts related) that I hardly ever run across is fear vocalized on the part of men that they'll be accused of rape or sexual harassment when they're just tryin' to get lucky as best they can.

Now, my kneejerk reaction is to scoff a bit, I confess--that's a kneejerk, and I make no bones about it--because, well, being female, my fear is that some dude is gonna rape me, then carve me up like a christmas ham in the basement and wear my skin around like a little hat. This is the sort of thing I worry about. My kneejerk, therefore, is something like "Pfff! You think YOU have problems?"

And that may well be unfair. Hell, granted that fear is not a zero-sum game, it's definitely unfair. Everybody has a right to be scared of ill treatment.

But--thing is--every single woman I know, with no exception I can think of, knows somebody who has been sexually assaulted or abused. In fact, with VERY few exceptions, that person is either somebody close to her, or her own self. These aren't stories, this is...y'know...something that we basically just live with. Life sucks, lots of people get hurt, we brazen on through because the only alternative is to curl into fetal position and weep for humanity.

However. It occurs to me that I may be doing men a disservice in general by dismissing this fear just because it seems like women get so much more of the short end of the stick. Suffering, too, is not a zero-sum game. So. I'll ask two questions then:

A) If male, are you afraid of being falsely accused of rape? Is this a Major Fear--i.e. something you worry about every time you're trying to get to know a woman? (Hell, is this something you worry about if you're, say, alone in a parking garage with a female in the next aisle getting into her car?)

B) If either gender, do you personally know anybody who has been falsely accused of rape? (Not friend-of-a-friend stories, but you, yourself, are at least the level of on-line acquaintanceship with them.)

(Okay, two and a half.)

Somebody'll probably suspect that this is a snarky passive-aggressive way to get men to admit that this is a load. It's not. Honestly. I'm genuinely curious. For all I know, a staggering percentage of men really do go into a relationship in mortal terror that they're going to end up with their testicles in a vise. I KNOW what it's like to be female, but I've never yet been male (at least not in this life!) and I honestly don't know what my own response to the discovery that this might genuinely be a widespread problem would be. 

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not that i think this will get read much but since you asked.

one i am male and two i am gay so...

I was molested when i was a kid by the librarian at my school. i don't really remember much of it other than getting pushed against a wall and getting told that if i said anything that he would come out to my house and kill my dog.

years later in Highschool a girl from my nieghborhood had a nightmare that i had raped her. within a day or two she decided that i had raped her. Most of the school and a lot of other people knew me a LOT better than that. i finally had to confront her in the lunch room during lunch where i told her that i was gay and would not rape her if satan gave me power and money. and of course as happens when you try to same something in a loud room where you do not want everyone to hear what you just said it had that weird silence thing happen where only my loud voice carried on. Quite the OMG moment. kinda a red neck school i went to. However i was lucky and all that happened was many people laughed at her and suddenly i became the token male to girls nights only things. where i found out about the ritual of "hair washing" and that it required more time and strange chemicals than one can really think of. also mayo and aluminum on the head was not weird for that...

years later again as i posted in PsuedoManitou's journal while in college i had a girl who decided she was going to do stuff with me and well it got out of hand... and i was not a happy camper for a very long time.
not that that had much to do with anything other than well i felt raped. but for men we are not supposed to say anything about it.

as far as the fear goes. yes even as a gay man i fear some woman screaming rape at me if say i was walking down a road at night as i often do due to sun allergies. back in highschool it killed me inside that that girl had accused me of such and well i was glad that the conforntation took a while to happen and that my fear had become anger by then.

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