Consent and victim-blaming are two sides of the same coin
Women’s culture/positive images. There seems to be a pattern here: where an image isn’t objectifying women on its face, and where the message conveyed is supportive of women’s interests rather than obviously deleterious to women’s interests, female-positive images are often crafted as a political response to male-supremacist political positions and to patriarchy itself. Most of the images we have used here so far as examples of “Women’s culture/positive images” are not positive images in their own right: these images are necessary now, but would not be necessary and would not exist outside a patriarchal context where women are fighting for our very lives, and use various media to illustrate and advance our points.
Here, the graphic illustrates how both “consent” and “victim-blaming” are both manifestations of the same thing, namely, overlapping legal and moral frameworks that deal with the issue of “sex,” rape and the female-specific harms of the penis as a property issue, rather than a political issue, or a women’s health issue, or another framework that would better represent women’s political and interpersonal experience with intercourse and forced-intercourse. Of course, as both historically and today, around the world, women simply do not own property, the property-framework is male-centric on its face.
See here for more information on property law; note how the language of “consent” in that context mirrors its use in rape-related discourse:
Seeking Consent to Enter Property
You should make sure that you get consent before entering someone else’s property. This consent must come from the individual, group of individuals, or business entity that is in possession of the property. In many cases this means that you need to get the owner’s consent. […]
In some cases you’ll be able to get express consent (verbal or in writing) from the person in possession of the property. In other cases you may believe you have the person’s implied consent for your ability to enter her property. This type of situation occurs when:
–the person is not present, but your prior contact with the person leads you to believe that you can enter her property without express permission; [!!!]
–you don’t ask for permission, and the person keeps silent during your visit to her property. [!!!]
If you rely on implied consent, you may find it difficult to defend yourself if you are charged with trespassing. You will need to show that a reasonable person in the same situation would have believed that there was implied consent based upon the conduct of the person in possession of the property and the overall circumstance.
Scope of Consent
If you have a right to be present on private or public property you will not be trespassing if your use of the property is consistent with your right to be there. Make sure you understand the scope of the permission you’ve been given and stay within its boundaries.
Misrepresenting yourself in order to gain consent
You may want to engage in investigative reporting tactics in order to inform the public about improper business practices or governmental wrongdoing, and thus may feel the need to misrepresent yourself in order to gain the necessary consent. If you do so, you may find yourself facing charges of trespass on the basis that your misrepresentation vitiated the consent given to you.
Bolds and [!!!] mine. See also The Language of Consent (Or, Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn!) at femonade.
Obviously, framing the issue as a property-issue does not even begin to identify, address or remedy the problem to female-bodied persons of being raped, by penises. In reality, rape is the violent enforcement of women’s social role as fuckholes for men and producers of children. It has nothing to do with property, or of a woman’s property interest in her own body, the very concept of which is absurd and is never applied to men in any situation (is it?). Of course, while rape is the violent enforcement of women’s social role, normalized or mandatory intercourse is the (relatively) non-violent enforcement of it. Both need to be addressed if the problem is to be remedied from the perspective of women as a sexual class, around the world.
This is timely, because SlutWalk 2012 is gearing up. SlutWalk Baltimore, for its part, claims to be attempting to remedy the problems of the original SlutWalk. Sadly, unless they clearly and correctly identify the real problem, they cannot address or remedy the real problem; and they are still framing the issue as “promoting the end of victim-blaming.” Notably, they are not advocating “the end of rape,” or the end of men raping women, or the end of politicized, female-specific reproductive harm.