Monday, May 16, 2011

Hotel-Sex Is Good, Rape Is Bad

I don't like the custom of having editors, rather than authors of stories, write headlines. As far as I know that's what happened here, so I'm not going to blame Jennifer Peltz, who calls it a rape case in the first line of her article.

In any event, this is just a ridiculous headline. "Hotel-sex" can be a fine activity, provided that you have an eager hotel-sex partner. What Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused of is rape, which is an actual serious crime. People shouldn't think rape is wrong only because it's a departure from conventional sexual behavior, in the same way that homosexuality is. That's like criticizing Jeffrey Dahmer on the grounds that he should have cooked his meat properly.
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