Rape Culture vs. Culture
of Holy Purity
LANCE PATRICK C. ENAD
June 17, 2020
For a while now, I have
noticed mainstream Filipino media adapting themes popular in liberal
American mainstream media. Among these are transgenderist and
feminist themes. In the past few days I noticed much talk of rape,
rape culture, and modesty (especially in dress). I would agree that
in cases of sexual offences, the offender is to be blamed. Yet on
top of this assertion, I also find a denial that modesty in clothing
(for it is much broader than that), does not affect these cases.
First, this seems to be
coming from third wave feminism which views modesty in clothing as a
form of misogyny as well as the strong assertion that men are to
blame for everything. This movement is a category of postmodernist
philosophy which has the feature of not being rational and not in
talking terms with the metaphysical principles.
Secondly, it seems to be
denial of reality.
Throughout history, women
understood that men have certain tendencies that are more in men
than in women- propensity to violence and sexual tendencies. While
some have done a good job in controlling these tendencies, there are
some who have problems with this. Upon this realization, women have
taken precautionary measures that prevent cases in which men might
act on those tendencies–such as high walls and spiked grills in
nunneries, having chaperones, and dressing in a way so that those
tendencies would not be stirred.
Yet third wave feminists
deny that this makes any difference. The most popular argument is
that in some cultures, with different dress codes, rape or sexual
assault is not an issue or is non-existent -a fair point. Except it
lacks evidence. There is no data that suggests that rape or sexual
offences do not exist in these cultures. I shall love to see
evidence and, if it convinces me, to revise my position. Until then,
this does not hold water.
The ideology that modesty
is misogyny takes form in negating that modesty (esp. in clothing)
affects sexual assault. Don’t get me wrong, sexual assault is the
crime of the offender and that the victim, even if she was dressing
modestly or not, is the victim. Yet it is a denial of reality and
common sense to say that immodesty does not affect these.
Take a man having trouble
controlling his sexual tendencies. Which is more likely to stir
those tendencies, a sexy woman in a bikini caressing him in
sensitive parts or a woman in a Carmelite habit who does not even
make eye contact, with a spiked grill separating her from the man?
Common sense tells us that it does make a difference. Perhaps some
individuals would disregard this, then these individuals would have
seriously twisted minds. Yet in general, it makes a difference. It
is more likely for a man to act on his sexual tendencies when facing
a sexy woman in a bikini acting inappropriately than with a woman in
a religious habit or modest dress acting reservedly.
Again, the sex offender is
the criminal and it is his fault for which he should have the
severest penalties. Yet women and children (now that pedophilia is a
thing), must take precautions that prevent them from being in such
In the end, we must go to
the root of this problem: a culture of impurity. Whether or not rape
culture is real or whether it is a myth propagated by liberal media,
we can get rid of it or prevent it by promoting a Culture of Holy
**Lance Patrick Enad y
Caballero. firstname.lastname@example.org. Instaurare omnia in Christo
et Maria Immaculata!