.Australian feminist Germaine Greer has sparked controversy by calling for the punishment for rape to be reduced and saying that most rapes are just bad sex.
Speaking at the Hay literary festival in the UK, she said that society should not see rape as a “spectacularly violent crime,” suggesting that offenders should be sentenced to 200 hours’ community service and perhaps an “r” tattoo on the rapist’s hand, arm or cheek.
“Most rapes don’t involve any injury whatsoever. We are told it’s one of the most violent crimes in the world — bull. Most rape is just lazy, just careless, just insensitive,” she said, according to British press reports
During her Hay talk, Greer argued that rape is rampant in society because the legal system cannot cope with it and victims become little more than “bits of evidence.”
“I want to turn the discourse about rape upside down. We are not getting anywhere approaching it down the tunnel of history,” she said.
Former UK cabinet minister Priti Patel called Greer’s views “sickening.”
“These comments are an affront to the victims of appalling crimes such as rape. We should have zero tolerance of sexual violence,” she was quoted as saying by the mail
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