Women's rights and Feminism

Verbal inflation blurs

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Martin Thomas

Mumsnet defines a rape apologist as “someone who seeks to excuse rape. Normally by finding a way to blame the victim...”

Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog summarises: “A rape apology is any argument that boils down to the myth that rapists can be provoked into raping by what the victim does or does not do”.

Cathy Nugent (Solidarity 346) defends her claim that the SWP is “rape apologist” by quoting reports from SWP oppositionists of responses by SWP members in the “Comrade X” and “Comrade W” cases. They are bad. But not all bad is “rape apologist”.

Reports from SWP oppositionists of responses by SWP members in the “Comrade X” and “Comrade W” cases are bad. But not all bad is “rape apologist”.

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SWP: more than abuses of power

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Cathy Nugent

Martin Thomas objects to my use of the term “rape apologist” to describe the SWP's behaviour over complaints of rape and sexual harrassment, which eventually led to the group's implosion (Solidarity 346). He says the term is inaccurate, the SWP's real crimes were various abuses of power by the leadership and the party machine.

I accept that the accusation needs further explaination and the sentence in which I make the accusation was sloppily written, but I think the substance of the accusation makes sense.

Once the SWP's leadership decided they really wanted to keep Martin Smith in their organisation, that necessarily involved denying the possibility that he was guilty of rape.

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