oforganon:

I get it—you’re a decent guy. I can even believe it. You’ve never raped anybody. You would NEVER rape anybody. You’re upset that all these feminists are trying to accuse you of doing something, or connect you to doing something, that, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve never done and would never…

Read that. After agreeing with the concepts, my next instinct when reading it was to see the unsourced reference to rapists believing that people agree with them. And to cut any protest of such off, I went and looked up the research that supports this. The main line of research seems to be from:

https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=196276

Which establishes this 5 belief coding system that determines what rapists think based on previous studies. A similar study tries to fine-slice it some:

http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/20/11/1366.abstract

Another such study:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9987584?dopt=Abstract

This line of research seems to have been extended and supported by this study, which I can’t find as easy a link for, so I’m just going to reproduce it from http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip//theories.html (another place to look around): 

Polaschek, D. L. & Gannon, T. (2004). The implicit theories of rapists: What convicted offenders tell us. Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment, 16(4), .

Abstract - Twenty years of research into sex offenders’ cognitive distortions has primarily focused on the measurement of distortions rather than on theorizing about the underlying structures that are responsible for generating and organizing them. Recently T. Ward (2000; T. Ward & T. Keenan, 1999) suggested that offenders have underlying causal theories about themselves, their victims, and broader categories of people (e.g., women and children), and that these implicit theories enable post hoc explanation as well as prediction of people’s actions and reactions. D. L. L. Polaschek and T. Ward (2002) examined rape-related attitudinal scales and constructed and outlined five core implicit theories. Here, we examined whether evidence for these five theories was also found in offense process descriptions generated from interviews with 37 imprisoned rapists. Coding of the descriptions revealed support for all five theories. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs)

Additionally, Yes Means Yes has a good treatment of the underlying self reporting studies:

http://yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/meet-the-predators/

Summary: I support the evidence-based premises and ultimate conclusions of this idea: tacit cultural support for rape helps reinforce actual rapists’ view that it’s okay. (I will also point out that this is the same type of thing I brought up yesterday when talking about using gay as a slur: setting up the environment when it’s okay, and where you’re the ally of the rapist/sexist/homophobe/etc.)

(Source: juniperjelly)