Immaculate Rape (noun) – Rape in which there is no rapist, merely a victim who may be found culpable due to one or more of the following: ingestion of alchohol, wearing of revealing clothing, living in a society that permits sex outside of marriage, being near a male in the throes of the evolutionary perogative.
Immaculate Rape as an accusation usually grows out of a right-wing religious cosmology, yet any attempts to link right-wing religious cosmology with mysogyny are met with accusations and derision.
Of course she is culpable, just as she would be culpable if she crashed a car and injured someone while drunk, or stepped out into the traffic while drunk and was run over.
Getting drunk is not something that happens to you. It is something you do.
I think Melissa shuts that down very effectively (Trigger Warning) in her post. Jessica does it in the following line:
Hitchens can’t seem to get his head around the idea that rapists rape women, rather than women magically “getting themselves” raped.
But maybe Hitchens and purveyors of the immaculate rape myth ought to be taken at more than face value. If alcohol is an invitation to get raped, why aren’t we making it a felony to serve rape juice to women? Why doesn’t every bottle of rape beer contain a surgeon general’s warning: “may excuse rape”?
One things for certain, I wouldn’t be caught dead drinking with Peter Hitchens.