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March 30, 2010



"It's the women who make all the running."

One of the meanest by-products of absolute patriarchy is this complicity of some women in it. Something about not allowing another woman to escape the suffering they were subjected to themselves.

I'm reminded of the rape scene in Richardson's novel "Clarissa" in which the heroine is lured into a brothel and raped by a man who wants to force her to marry him by leaving her little choice in the matter. It is all quite shocking but what lingers most in the mind is the complicity of the brothel manager and the other prostitutes in the rape by holding down Clarissa for the act to proceed.

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