Assuming it is hard to consider it rape when grown men force themselves onto children because it is largely a cultural norm in Afghanistan, so it is in Hollyweird too. Because it really isn’t “rape-rape” (whatever that means, I do not know) when a famous director decides to drug a 13 year old child and rape and sodomize her. After all, artists need latitude in which to exercise their intellect and energy.
Check out James Joyner’s piece at Outside the Beltway
Joshua Foust continues to call attention to widespread and institutionalized child rape — mostly man-on-boy — in Afghanistan, this time with a report that Canadian soldiers had been quietly told to ignore the practice because we needed the cooperation of the leaders doing the raping. Steve Hynd, naturally, wonders why this isn’t widely reported and why senior U.S. officials aren’t being asked about American policy on this troubling issue.
Meanwhile, Jim Henley (via Google Reader) encapsulates my immediate reaction: “This problem could be solved if the Afghan security forces would make a few well-regarded movies.”
It looks like that we are engaged in a War for Civilization here as well as abroad.