– “…She does note, however, that’s it’s not “politically feasible” to “leash men, yank their leashes when they ‘misbehave,’ or strike men with leashes (or other objects) in attempt to help them desist from sexual aggression or other predatory behaviours”
Study – Dog parks are manifestations of rape culture and oppression
Thought I’d do a thread on this, given it’s… well, it’s quite funny, and thought some might appreciate a laugh. It’s probably one of the most insane things I’ve read in a while. I’m honestly not sure how to summarize it, but I’ll try.
Portland Ungendering Research Initiative’s Helen Wilson did some research about dogs, and wrote a paper called “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon,” discussing the “emerging themes in human and canine interactive behavioral patterns in urban dog parks” in order to gain a better understanding about people’s decisions and “emergent assumptions around gender, race, and sexuality.”
All through feminist, queer, and “animaling” lenses – I have to say I’ve never heard of it before, but it’s apparently a thing. To summarize the rest, basically, she tried to answer some questions she posed, including, “Do dogs suffer oppression based upon (perceived) gender?” – and her answer is yes. Yes, they do.
She visited a bunch of dog parks, got real up close to dogs and… err, observed their genitals to discern their gender, watched dogs as they humped each other and fought – except during rain, and notes that, since she’s a human – not a dog – she’s limited in being able to determined what is rape, and what isn’t (or better said, what’s rape, and what’s “performance of canine dominance”).
She notes that she didn’t ask about the breeds of the dogs, in part because she didn’t want to engage in breed stereotyping, and she found there was nearly one dog rape/humping every 60 minutes (1004 documented dog rapes/humping), and one dog fight every 71 minutes, and notes that 86% of dogs raped/humped were female dogs.
Apparently, homophobic dog owners encourage rape culture against female dogs: https://i.imgur.com/EWxXjO6.jpg
Hegemonic (straight) masculinist norms’ in spaces like urban dog parks thus substitute for ‘social structural oppression.’ The masculinist norms are a way to oppress queering acts and female dogs, and dog parks are spaces in which these acts of oppression aren’t merely tolerated but are actively encouraged. – https://i.imgur.com/pIzmN0M.jpg
She comes to realize that “Dog parks are petri dishes for canine ‘rape culture.’ They offer a very public view into the ways human companions foster and perpetuate masculinist systems of communal oppression across species and in public spaces,” and concludes, “In essence, dog parks become rape-condoning spaces in which human rape culture plays out by the moral permissiveness we extend to animals.” – https://i.imgur.com/bj3ZVWm.jpg
The oppressed dog – https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfHajfVWkAA_L8-.jpg
“Female dogs are relatively oppressed as a class compared with male dogs; male dogs who discharge their sexual urges on other male dogs or on humans rather than females are disproportionately subject to physical punishment; and female dogs are intentionally subjected to real and ever-looming threats of canine rape. The parallels to human societies under feminist and queer theories are clear, especially within analogous human spaces in which straight, white, and/or male dominance is the norm” – https://i.imgur.com/vUzm8oD.jpg
She suggests that this research could be used to, “inform knowledge about animal suffering, play, the ‘trans-species urban politics,’ and thus feminist//sexual/transspecies geographies” – https://i.imgur.com/FxD1yVd.jpg
Metaphorically, the paper says, we are now better positioned to answer the question, “What specific and thematic lessons can be learned from dog parks that have the potential to further equity, diversity, inclusion, and peaceful coexistence and improve human-animal spaces?”
And by comparing the way some dogs were treated when they attempted their “rape/humping,” including use of electric shocks, she says that “by making firm and repeated stands against rape culture in society, activism, and media, human males may be metaphorically ‘shocked’ out of regarding sexual violence, sexual harassment, and rape culture as normative, which may decrease rape rates and disrupt rape culture and emancipate rape-condoning spaces.” – https://i.imgur.com/kNI2kIL.jpg
She does note, however, that’s it’s not “politically feasible” to “leash men, yank their leashes when they ‘misbehave,’ or strike men with leashes (or other objects) in attempt to help them desist from sexual aggression or other predatory behaviours” – https://i.imgur.com/5a3ykKh.jpg
She says that gender relations between dogs and humans can be improved… then goes on to say that “human men could benefit likewise from being socialized not to rape, not to abuse women (or dogs),” – https://i.imgur.com/Fb20hBY.jpg
The pics were taken from New Real Peer Review.