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    Just when you think the South was getting past its stereotypes ...

    ... something like this happens.

    Trailer park? Check.
    The victim passed out drunk? Check.
    Someone raping their mother? Check.

    I have an appointment with a bottle of mental bleach and a scrubbing brush.

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    Ughughgu I saw the headline yesterday but did not read the story...sick, absolutely sick.

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    It further proves the assertion that rape is about power, not sexual pleasure.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    It further proves the assertion that rape is about power, not sexual pleasure.
    Very good point.
    It makes me wonder if this guy has raped before. Are there differences between serial rapist and someone like this? I also wonder about his mental state, I mean obviously he is sick but has he functioned somewhat normally prior to this? The entire situation is pretty hard to grasp.

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    Now, now Dan.....Do you really want me to start on northern stereotypes?

    I do agree that this is sick.
    Jesse Ventura in 2012!

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    ....and yet another link I wish I had not clicked on

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    I'm sure this is an anomaly, EVEN in the South!

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    Hmm, how did you find this stuff to begin with?!? Blechh.

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    Oh gross.

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    Stereotypes persist because people choose to publically frame things as "it's a Southern thing" (or a Black thing or a Jewish thing or....) and not because sh*t happens. Sh*t happens everywhere. The title of this thread promotes sterotypes more than the fact that some sick individual was caught committing a really icky crime and just happens to live in The South.

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    Quote Originally posted by Michele Zone View post
    Stereotypes persist because people choose to publically frame things as "it's a Southern thing" (or a Black thing or a Jewish thing or....) and not because sh*t happens.
    I think stereotypes persist because, in many cases, they're rooted in fact. Saying "All [insert group here] [insert behavior here]" isn't true, but you cannot deny that some groups exercise certain behaviors and traits to a greater degree than the population as a whole. If they didn't, we'd all be the same!

    This scene is from a:



    a) Chamber of Commerce mixer
    b) American Planning Association conference reception
    c) The lobby of a convention center where a gun show is taking place
    d) Young Republicans happy hour
    e) Linux users conference

    This guy is a:



    a) Web 2.0 venture capitalist from Atherton, California
    b) Director of an AIDS advocacy organziation in Chicago
    c) AME minister from East St. Louis, Illinois
    d) Young Mormon missionary from Sandy, Utah
    e) General contractor from Dalton, Georgia

    If your answers were anything but (e) and (e), you were stereotyping.

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    Dan, I am well aware that stereotypes often have some kernel of truth to them and they are useful shorthand for the brain to coordinate lots of info so that we can get through the day without having to do a phd thesis on every single individual we meet in order to figure out how to interact with them for the few seconds or minutes that we interact with many people. But I think there is a big difference between, say, making a few "you might be a redneck..." type jokes and implying that southerners are likely to rape their passed out drunken mother. It is probably similar to the difference between referring to a black man as "a brother" and referring to him as "a n*gger who deserves to be lynched".

    However, it is your forum and if you are comfortable (which you apparently are) with promoting such images and with encouraging and even defending an atmosphere where such ugly aspersions are perfectly acceptable against some groups, there really isn't much I can do about it (other than roll my eyes when it comes back to bite you while you act all shocked and confused, seemingly oblivous to the roots of the problem).

    I don't want to get into some pointless argument demanding statistics on whether or not southerners rape their drunken mothers more than other populations, a la recent arguments with el Guapo et al. So "Peace, out".
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