This was a conversation that has cropped up repeatedly among the female cadets at my local MROTC battalion. More so that we are covering the history of war, tactics, etc. So of course, rape came up. To answer their question, I found it was actually a rather long dig into the past that has yet to yield any satisfactory answer to me.
During a lot of my digging, I found some of the most famous philosophers as well as Thomas Aquinas viewed women as little more than animals. In fact, in 584 AD, the Catholic church took a vote on "Are Women Human?" 32 votes against 31. Women were proclaimed human by one vote.
Where did this idea come from? And why have women allowed it to persist? Not to say that we are still viewed as unorganized pieces of amphibian waste, but there is defiantely a double standard. A guy can make twelve "mistakes" but a woman who does the same is considered a tramp.
I could go on and on, but I have never understood the male need to dominate not only other males, but go so far as to rape their wives and claim their daughters as "war booty." I briefly looked into the Viking way of life before becoming disgusted. Just look at the ethnic cleansing going on in Africa.
Seriously. Are women so sexually objectified that any invading army is going to abuse them?
It's like I told my fiancee. If anyone ever invaded the US, I certainly wasn't going to let myself get captured, or caught alone. That is one indignity that I'd save one bullet from my .45 for.
Thoughts? Theories on this?