"What if" are the most dangerous words in the fragile moments of our lives. That's why the present time is the only time we must acknowledge.
When a long-awaited day of rain may be the first day of a very painful (and short) rest of your life.
When we understand we did it all wrong, it may not be too late. If you are thinking this, you are still alive. And if you are still alive, you can make it.
I seldom reblog articles. In fact, this is the second time I do this, but the first time I do it quite intentionally. I’m reblogging this, because urgency demands me to do it. I have recently posted an article on my “Closer to a Higher Self” category, titled “We cannot avoid being men, but we can avoid being rapists”, where I talk about an episode I read in the news some three weeks ago, regarding a couple of young tourists from Northern Italy being abused by a group of immigrants. The article on the newspaper spawned, apart from my blog post, also a lot of chain reactions in the women of the Left Wing Party, the Northern League representatives and a cultural mediator (also an immigrant) who exposed himself by saying that “women love to be raped”.
Given my explicit hate towards men who rape women, I couldn’t hold back and I gave my version on the topic. I know it is not good to write the word “hate” on a blog post, since I don’t want to promote any kind of negativity or bad publicity and I am basically a very good and kind person. I am just sick of seeing people being hurt and abused.
I want to thank all who responded to this article via comments on WordPress and Twitter. Keep those coming!
And a special thanks to Aquileana who highlighted this post by Georgia Platts about the psychology of a rapist.
We should all talk about this topic more than we already do.
Please enjoy the post:
“I was in control for the first time of my life. I just felt like I had a little more power for once.”
“It could have been anyone. It could have been a guy. I was just mad.”
The first quote comes from Cary Stayner, who raped and murdered three young women in Yosemite. The second is from David Burpee, who raped a 17-year-old after having a fight with his girlfriend over getting fired.
Different rapists have different motives. These two are characteristic of the “Walter Mitty” type.
Walter Mitty is a fictional character. He’s an ordinary, ineffectual man who tries to bridge the gap between who he is and who he wants to be by imagining himself in situations of grandeur: a wartime pilot, an ER surgeon, a killer.
Walter Mitty rapists do something similar. They see themselves as less than the “big man” they yearn to be. And…
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