According to the CDC, we have scientifically proven tendencies that show if someone is more likely to force themselves on another person sexually.
According to the CDC, we have scientifically proven tendencies that show if someone is more likely to force themselves on another person sexually.

Fight the New Drug / 26 NOV 2014 – If you’ve ever laughed at Bill Cosby’s legendary comedy, like us, you’re probably pretty shocked about what’s going on right now. As of today, a total of 19 women have stepped forward accusing the beloved actor of various forms of sexual assault/rape between 1965 and 2004.

Now, let us be clear, like all people accused of crime in America, Cosby is innocent until proven guilty. But it’s hard to ignore so many individuals telling unsettlingly similar stories of being drugged and assaulted, all by the same man.

How could this be happening? As someone that many grew up seeing as the all-American father figure on legendary TV sitcom The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby is a far cry from what we all think of when we picture a creepy, sketchy accused rapist. How could such a “nice guy” that “everyone loves” be accused of something like this? Well, in a society where nearly 250,000 Americans report being sexually assaulted every year (with 60% of assaults never acknowledged), this is a question we should probably be talking about more often…

Obviously, there is no single cause when it comes to sexual assault. Psychology and human behavior is extremely complex – as are the contributing factors that lead to rape and sexual assault. However, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, we have scientifically proven tendencies that show if someone is more likely to force themselves on another person sexually. These include:

  • Coercive sexual fantasies
  • Preference for impersonal sex
  • Hostility towards women
  • Hypermasculinity
  • General tolerance of sexual violence within the community
  • Societal norms that support sexual violence
  • Societal norms that support male superiority and sexual entitlement
  • Societal norms that maintain women’s inferiority and sexual submissiveness.

These are the kinds of attitudes and behaviors that we know, scientifically, lead someone in the direction of sexual assault.

But where do they all come from? How does someone develop “coercive sexual fantasies” to begin with? What about a preference for “impersonal sex” or a “more general acceptance of sexual violence?”

And what are some of these “societal norms” that the CDC could be referencing?

We’ll give you one guess.

Studies have shown that exposure to pornography creates shockingly similar attitudes to those listed above.

And while no one argues that pornography by itself leads to rape – especially since many who are exposed never get sexually aggressive – research has made clear that exposure to pornography creates the very attitudes that show up on lists of risk factors for sexual aggression.

Once again, no single cause is the reason for any act of sexual assault – including those accused against Cosby. However, it is worth noting that we do find it interesting that in light of the accusations, media outlets have begun digging into Bill Cosby’s friendship with Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine. After the two met in the early 1960’s, it’s been reported that since that time, Cosby was a regular at the Hefner’s parties at the Playboy mansion. Currently, three of the women making accusations towards Cosby have connections to Playboy.

We’ll leave that up to you on whether you find that coincidental or not.

So, again, what leads the charismatic “nice guy” to be one who forces himself on unwilling women? The simple answer: lots of things. But as philosopher Robin Morgan once said, “pornography is the theory, rape is the practice.” Porn leads to harmful perceptions about rape and promotes its culture in society.

This is not something we want to see have an influence in the world.

That’s why we Fight.

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Source: Fight the New Drug

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