A lot of you have been commenting on this post about the use of the word ‘rape’ on Monday’s programme. And today Whoopi Goldberg said “I know it wasn’t rape-rape”, defending Roman Polanski on a chat show.
Remember when the term ‘date rape’ was coined? It caused a lot of controversy because it seemed to define certain grades of rape. Back then Katie Roiphe touched a raw nerve when she questioned the reality of it “We all agree that rape is a terrible thing, but we no longer agree on what rape is. Today’s definition has stretched beyond bruises and knives, threats of death or violence to include emotional pressure and the influence of alcohol.”
So is rape always rape? Does no always means no? Or can you have categories of rape?