: Be careful with the line of
reasoning that you are using. While, yes, there are some
instances where someone is accused of rape without having
actually raped someone, I promise you that this is a very,
very small percentage of the cases reported - let alone the
uncounted numbers of rapes that are never reported. You
have to realize that the victim of rape suffers a great deal
from just reporting the rape - they don't really want other
people to know about it. Bringing charges is not a simple
matter, and decisions to are not made flippantly. And, as
someone else has said, rape is not about sex. Rape is
flat-out violence. Rape is violating someone in the worst
way possible. That has nothing at all to do with sex, which
is a mutual exchange. I am sure (or, at least I hope) that
you are a decent person - just please, I urge you, to
carefully think about such things. Hopefully you will come
to the conclusion that some things are simply beyond reproach.
Until today, I've stuck to writing diary entries solely
about computer-related topics and fairly light conversation.
But, I really can't let myself ignore comments like this.
I wouldn't feel very good about myself if I did. So, for
those of you reading this that find this discussion
off-topic, sorry. But, just like RMS says that economics is
something to worry about once freedom is assured, the world
of computers is something we can worry about once our basic
human rights have been assured. I worry that some very
smart-seeming people in various online communities are so
involved with computers that they fail to see the world
around them, and all of the very serious problems that need
to be addressed. It is great to have strong ethics with
software, but unless you also have strong ethics in the real
world, it doesn't matter much.