KENNEDY v. LOUISIANA: My Opinion
What would happen in our culture if no little girls (and boys too) were ever raped again? If every little girl made it to adulthood without being molested, assaulted, raped, humiliated, demoralised by men? And molestation is rape. Imagine an entire generation of girls growing up without rape. What if there were no girls who knew of rape. No girls who heard about other girls who were raped. No need to warn girls about rape because rape did not exist. No fear of rape. No knowledge of rape because there was no rape.
What would happen in our culture if no little girls were ever raped again? I will tell you what would happen. The patriarchy would crumble.
You will not find that in any written dissent. No, it is etched in the Supreme Court’s thoughts, reactions, and decisions. It is a guiding force that no one shall identify. It’s just there, stirring the pot, enabling the status quo.
The Supreme Court is like Zeus, when asked to intervene in the squabble between Demeter and Hades over Persephone. Zeus looked for a compromise. Zeus needed a compromise because life was comfortable for him and his cronies. All the crops were dying. The mortals needed crops to survive. Demeter had power. She held the future of mortal life, all life in her hands. Without mortal life, there would be no food to eat and no fat and bones sacrifices to the Gods. Zeus called it a compromise but in reality, it was sanctioning rape. Sanctioning rape because without rape men will no longer have the world that they have constructed for their benefit.
Claiming that the death penalty has not deterred rape does not matter. It is the point, the symbolic message. As it stands now, the message is: The male rapist’s life is more important than the raped child (more than likely female). In some inverted world the Supreme Court can justified their decision by saying “at least the child lives.” Rationalising their selling out to the status quo as: If the death penalty were on the table, the offender (most likely a man) would murder the raped child because if not, the child could be a witness. That’s utter hogwash though and we all know it. How many children line up to rat out their molester, their rapist? The ability to silence a child with intimidation, feelings of shame and guilt is exactly why rapist rape children, why pedophiles (rapists) target children. Children are still developing. It is hard for children to make sense of what happens to them by rapists (most likely an adult the child knows). The rape is traumatising without anyone naming it as such. Children trust most adults, they have to, their existence depends on the charity of adults. Yet when adults do things that go against a child’s intuitive sense of right and wrong, the child cannot make sense of what happened, thus she becomes confused, lost, full of doubt. Doubt is abusive. Doubt knocks her off her feet. The doubt remains with her for a very long time, if not forever because it was introduced at a very impressible time of her life. Men bank on this. Men need this. Men are afraid to compete on equal terms.
Again, I want to know, what would become of our culture if every little girl made it to adulthood without being molested, assaulted, raped, humiliated, demoralised by men? If no little girl ever saw, heard of, or experienced rape.
You can best believe in a patriarchy, the American patriarchy when the death penalty is extended to another crime other than murder, it will not be a crime that disproportionately affects women and children such as rape, it will be something that hurts men, such as lost of his property or lost of his livelihood.