According to the Seattle Times the attorney for a Seattle lawyer who was convicted of raping several masseuses attempted to minimize his client's crimes by saying that the women he raped weren't held at gunpoint or anything; they "just didn’t want to do it but did it anyway."

The Times subtly bought into the blame-the-victim narrative too, reporting uncritically that the defense argued that the victims "simply didn't consent" to sex with the man. Which, last I checked, was sort of the definition of rape: Being forced into sex when "you don't want to do it." When you "simply [!!] didn't consent."

Moreover: It is not a mitigating factor that this man didn't force a gun to a woman's head when he raped them. Nor is the fact that he "coached a Little-League team" and "suffers from depression and sex addiction," which the Times reporter also found relevant enough to report. (In contrast, the story tells us exactly nothing about the five women this upstanding citizen victimized, except that they were "Asian" and worked at massage parlors.)

Later in the story, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterburg says something only slightly less excusable: "Even someone who works in a massage parlor can be raped."

Yes, Dan, even sex workers can be raped. Even non-virgins can be raped. Even girlfriends can be raped by boyfriends they've consented to sex with before. Even drunk women can be raped. Even men can be raped.

And the very idea that you have to point that out (or that it's some kind of super-revelatory observation)? That's the definition of rape culture.

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