I think that rape is about power but rapists find power in sex so when someone is raped the rapist feels since he is completely in control of the “sex” that he has achieved great power over the woman. However, rape can still be about sex, horny men who didn’t know that what they were doing was wrong exist and although they are the minority they still need to be included. I also don't believe that the theory of rape culture exists within our society contrary to the feminist belief, nor do i believe that all men want to keep women in a state of fear as i mentioned in a previous example. Although i find rape completely appauling there is a gray area where the incident of rape could not have actually occurred. For example two drunk people have sex ,neither can give consent, but one of the people calls it rape.
Causes of sexual violence are debated along with the explanations of the cause. This wikopedia link provides all of the information needed in concluding what every type of rapes motives are. Every type having an alternate reason: Date rape- sex, gang rape- humiliation, genocidal rape- could be any reason. It provides you with multiple factors that play into an act of rape; what motivated these people to rape. It also gives you the opinions of different social/political groups, one being the feminists theory on male-female rape which states that men just want to keep all women in a state of fear.
Rapists and would-be rapists are opening up about “the other side of the story” — theirs — on a massive Reddit thread about the motivations behind sexual assault. The author explains these people stories and how it went down, most of which suggest that once they started they couldn't pull themselves away because they were too turned on to stop. The would be rapists claimed that they had no clue that the girl/woman had felt uncomfortable at all until they looked into their face and or asked. I believe that this was the most helpful of all the sites because i had never seen a rapists point of view on how it happened and why they did it. None of the rapes were for malicious reasons, a majority were just for a means of sex.
The author of this article is "surrounded" by rape as she lives on a college campus so she provides her outlook on rape and what the motives are. The author says that the whole power aspect comes with all sex, not just rape. "The most glaring question is this: If rape were only about power and not about sex, why does the rapist engage in a sexual act? Why not acquire power some other way?" She provides this quote which in a sense is relatively true, there are many other ways to feel powerful so why would someone do something as horrible as rape just for a sense of power? The only thing i dislike is the fact she believes that we live in a dominance society: "In a dominance society, it is unacceptable for women to get any pleasure from sex, and sex (rape) is used as a tool to maintain power over women."
The author explains that rape is not because someone can't control their sex drive but because people presume that violence towards women is okay. "Rapists don't rape because they can't "get" sex elsewhere. Rapists don't rape because they're uncontrollably turned on by the sight of some cleavage, or a midriff, or red lipstick, or an ankle. They rape because they're misogynist sadists, and they flourish in places where misogyny is justified as tradition and maleness comes with a presumption of violence. " What she is trying to say is that rape isn't about just sex its more about the violence towards a woman that makes the man happy. The fact that a the rapist was able to hurt a woman emotionally and physically is what gets their metaphorical rocks off.
This website provides many different authors but the person i was reviewing goes by the name of William Pietri. In this website the author seemed to think that rape is for power and he does so through an extended analogy. "I ask you what his behavior is about. What do you answer? Now take it further. He starts hitting you. He seems to enjoy it. Is this about power? One step further. He beats you with a broomstick. Is this about power? Next, just like Abner Louima, he now sodomizes you with the broomstick. Is this about power, or sex? Finally, he unzips his pants and sodomizes you with his penis. Is it about power, or sex? Is he doing this just because he thinks you're cute?" The ending of this quotation suggests a rhetorical question, it is quite clear he thinks that someone who is power hungry would rape over someone who is excessively horny. He then provides a link to a researchers findings on the matter who claimed that humiliation was the point of rape.