Rape of women derives from a primitive instinct of establishing superiority through physical subjugation.
This exists all around us and the only way out of it is if we stop linking honour to bodies.
Safe to say, all modern dating — including dating-app-enabled courtships — fall in this window where women are looking for someone who would love them (in an environment where they have agency and choice) while men look at this as the archery contest where they need to hit the bulls eye with a smart opening line.
Most gender conflicts in courtships, hence, are a tussle between the modern woman’s empowerment (agency and choice) and man’s sense of entitlement (deep-rooted in our DNA).
until one of them puts her at stake in a gambling match and loses.If we have learnt anything from history, it’s that we change. Maybe we are at that cusp of change where we have finally identified patriarchal constructs as the problem.And are doing our bit one step at a time to get rid of them. But someone, ages ago, sold an alternative fact — that men are the hunters and women are the hunted and sexual politics changed forever.Mostly because of physical power, brute force and the idea of conquest linked to bodies as reinforced by age-old stories.