RAPE: Then and NowSubmitted by X54 at 2018-09-28 18:28:40 EDT
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From Vox: "The rape culture of the 1980s" (https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17906644/sixteen-candles-rape-culture-1980s-brett-kavanaugh)
The article is intended to explain why Kavanaugh's accusers didn't come forward at the time of their alleged victimization: to wit, because sexual assault (as we know it today) was often seen as "harmless hijinks" back then, so women complaining about being raped or sexually assaulted by an acquaintance weren't taken seriously.
But couldn't this same argument be used in Kavanaugh's defense? After all, is it fair to judge people in the past by today's values? Sure, it's "rape" or "sexual assault" today, but back then it was just "harmless hijinks." Does this mean I need a crystal ball to see three or four decades into the future in order to know how to behave today? To avoid being accused of bad behavior in 2053?