[MUD-Dev] Logical MUD Areas

Phillip Lenhardt philen at monkey.org
Mon May 14 18:37:29 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:22:24PM +0100, Marian Griffith wrote:

> You can not turn it off, or rather, it is not so simple as that. The
> true damage has already been done before that, and switching off the
> computer will not undo the emotional pain. It is a very serious, all
> the more so because it is so likely to be dismissed as unimportant,
> just as the writer of the original remark has done. That attitude is
> much the same as what women invariably fear (and sadly frequently
> justifiably so!), that -they- will be blamed for the fact that they
> were raped (e.g.  because of the dress they wore, or the fact that
> they were out on the street after ten..).  It is not just a game, as
> there are very realy emotions and fears involved.

Has anyone bothered to analyze and compare cyberrape to obscene phone
calls? That seems a more fitting parallel to me than actual rape. You
can terminate a phone call, the other party is anonymous, an obscene
call violates the normally innocuous nature of the medium, etc.
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