Friday, July 22, 2011

Today's Deep Thought

[TW: Violence, rape culture, homophobia]

Apparently, the boy who murdered the 15-year-old gay student Lawrence King is putting forth some version of a Gay Panic Defense.

When a man uses the Gay Panic Defense (PDF), and it is almost exclusively men who have used this defense, he is asserting that his violent crime should be excused, or is justified, because another man's unwanted sexual advance toward him have rendered him temporarily and violently insane.

Isn't that theory interesting to juxtapose with the notion many heterosexual men have regarding their special entitlement to impose unwanted sexual advances upon women, particularly in elevators?

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