The law in the UK does not recognise female-on-male or female-on-female rape.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 defines rape in its first section, which reads:
“(1)A person (A) commits an offence if - (a)he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis, (b)B does not consent to the penetration, and (c)A does not reasonably believe that B consents.”
This means that, under the current law, only men can commit rape. This ignores cases of female perpetrated rape or rape committed with objects.
This definition of rape is outdated and gender biased. It not only prevents victims of sexual offenses from receiving true justice but also deters many victims from reporting crimes as they are made to feel like their experience is not taken seriously.
This decade old legislation should be expanded so as to reflect our cherished ideals of equality, to fully acknowledge the devastating experiences suffered by this community of victims, both male and female, and give them the respect, recognition and justice they so desperately deserve.
Male circumcision has escaped legal scrutiny in Anglo-American law simply because the child lacks an effective champion. American law is awaiting a chance to defend male children from unnecessary genital cutting — as it has already protected females. All varieties of nontherapeutic, unnecessary, religious, ritual or cosmetic genital cutting imposed on children, regardless of motive, are legally indistinguishable. Each poses inarguable physical injury and psychological harm for the child.
Electronic Arts (EA), maker of the highly popular Star Wars: The Old Republic video game - is the target of a boycott orchestrated by hateful anti-gay groups. Why? Because they had the courage to give players around the world the option of including a gay romance storyline in their interactive Star Wars game.
Right now, thousands of anti-gay letters are flooding Electronic Arts headquarters, threatening to push the company and its staff to the dark side (“Homos are ruining gaming!” wrote one boycotter. “I urge all parents to keep any EA games from their children to prevent them to be AIDS-spreading, Satan-loving scum,” wrote another).
But we can do something about it - if we channel the force for good. Companies like Electronic Arts need to be rewarded when they do the right thing. And together we can help them stand their ground. Sign this urgent letter to Electronic Arts (EA) now, asking them to stay strong and resist the dark side. When 50,000 of us sign on, All Out members will make news by dressing as Star Wars characters and delivering your letters directly to Electronic Arts headquarters:
I don’t usually post things like this, but if there was ever going to be an exception, it’d be a Star Wars themed one.