Folks, This is Why Feminists Walk Around With That Crazy Angry Look In Our Eyes

Courtesy of Rachel, we learn that, at least in Cheatham County here in Tennessee, you can sexually assault your wife and as long as you don’t stick an un-condom-ed dick in her, Merry Christmas to you!  You won’t be charged.

Now, you might think that’s disturbing, but let’s look at some more actual facts brought to us courtesy of The Tennessean.

1.  “Before 1988, Tennessee did not consider forcible sexual contact in a marriage a crime.”  1988!

But wait!!!!!!  That’s not the disturbing part.

2.  “But that year, legislators changed the laws for the first time, creating a spousal exemption, meaning a spouse could be charged with rape if a weapon was used or if the attack caused serious bodily injury or if the couple were separated or divorcing while living apart. Still, the penalties at the time were far less severe than rape of strangers and acquaintances.”

So, you may be wondering, when did the State of Tennessee finally realize that men can rape their wives?

3.  “Then, in 2005, the rape laws were changed and the exemption eliminated so that raping one’s spouse was the same as raping someone else, punishable by up to 60 years in prison.”

Yes, you read that right.  2005, which, as you may recall was just the year before last year.

I have to put my head on my desk for a minute, to let the craziness pass.

4 thoughts on “Folks, This is Why Feminists Walk Around With That Crazy Angry Look In Our Eyes

  1. Hmmm, TN came up on the list of 30 or so states that don’t consider marital rape rape if the wife is drunk or unconcious in some way during the assault.

    So while TN is fucked up, at least TN isn’t abbarent compared to most other states…And if you can’t be right, you can at least conform, which is something I guess…

  2. If you can’t be good, at least be average typical? That reminds me distressingly of my high school. We were ranked in the 18th percentile of standardized test scores when I got there, and the whole four years my school waged a strong propaganda and effort campaign with the goal of getting us to the national average. We… certainly hadn’t attained it by the time I got out, but it might reach that point during my sister’s tenure there, perhaps.

    So see? Tennessee is just working it’s way up the ladder. They’ll be at ‘vaguely behind the times’ in no time!

  3. R. Mildred, I just checked the TN Code, and I don’t see that in the rape provisions. It explicitly says that “victim” can include the spouse, and that one of the circumstances considered rape is when “The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.” The code defines physically helpless as “a person [who] is unconscious, asleep or for any other reason physically or verbally unable to communicate unwillingness to do an act.” I would assume that would include intoxication, except that it doesn’t explicitly include it, and the definition for “mentally incapacitated” refers to narcotics and other substances only when they are administered without the victim’s consent. So while the law doesn’t explicitly provide an exemption for raping a drunk spouse, I could see how it might be interpreted that way.

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