Date Rape or Drunk Sex?

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“Women charge that date rape is the hidden crime; men complain it is hard to prevent a crime they can't define. Women say it isn't taken seriously; men say it is a concept invented by women who like to tease but not take the consequences” (Gibbs, 1991). What is the extent of a woman’s responsibility in date rape? There is no doubt that physically forced rape is a crime. In most jurisdictions, there is no legal distinction between rape committed by a stranger, an acquaintance, friend, or lover, and the term date rape is often used to describe any rape where there is a lack of physical coercion. But, if there is no physical coercion, how was the woman forced to have sex with the guy? Every woman has choices. Her sober choices obviously benefit her more than her intoxicated ones. So, the ultimate question- is this act called date rape or drunk sex? Selfish and spiteful women are falsely accusing men of rape. Women are “crying rape” to explain consensual sexual activity that occurred when they were drunk. “Some young women were getting drunk at Perth nightspots and then using drink spiking as an excuse to justify behavior they later regretted…It seems that a proportion of young women are getting incredibly intoxicated and using drink spiking as an excuse to explain behavior they are not happy with." (Heenan, 2003). Non-consensual sex is a crime. But, if a woman consents even when intoxicated, not only is she giving the man permission to have sex with her, she probably wants to have sex with him just as bad. Now, the next morning when she wakes up next to him with a terrible hangover, she’s missing a few articles of clothing, and cannot recall the details of the night before, it is very convenient to call it “date rape”- especially if she never wants to talk to the guy again. Feminine activists see rape as a metaphor, its definition swelling to cover any kind of oppression to women (Gibbs, 1991). In addition, a Swarthmore College training pamphlet once explained that...
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