“Hazing?” The Proper Word is “Rape”

Another story where the victim isn’t called a rape victim because he’s got a penis.

We really do live in a rape culture. It’s where we ignore, dismiss, and/or laugh at the rape of men and boys.

Of course, it’s true that these are merely allegations. Perhaps those accused are innocent, although from what I’ve seen much “hazing” culture is very much like what is described here and the allegations are believable. I’m actually more disturbed by the fact that we don’t call these allegations what they are: rape allegations. Sexual assault.

(And don’t even get me started on the bigots who call this a “male trait,” i.e. strictly something men do to other men. That’s a whole ‘nother story.)

Author: DEAN ESMAY, Guest Voice Columnist

Dean Esmay is a long-time associate of Joe Gandelman and The Moderate Voice. He is Managing Editor of A Voice for Men. He also blogs on a variety of issues at Dean's World, one of the world's first blogs and one of the few that was archived as Historically Significant by the Library of Congress for the 2004 elections. You can also follow Dean via Twitter here.