According to Johann Hari, a rapist could get away with raping 50 women before it was statistically likely he would be successfully prosecuted.
This got me thinking of the infamous feminist slogan 'All Men are Rapists', what percentage of men in the UK are actually likely to be rapists?
There are 14,100 rapes a year that are recorded in the UK, this is estimated to be 15% of the true total, so that is almost 100,000 rapes a year in total.
If we guestimate that each rapist commits an average of 5 rapes in a lifetime, then that means there are 1.4m past or future rapists in the UK out of a male population of around 28m. So nearly 1 in 20 or 5% of men are, or will become, rapists.
A third of people claim this is the fault of women for wearing short skirts and getting drunk.
Then there are the 1 in 4 women who have suffered from domestic violence.
Maybe the same people think that's women's fault as well?
Melanie Phillips certainly thinks the gender pay gap is women's fault.
Now we have the Tories putting a private members bill through parliament trying to ban abortion supported by a right wing press and evangelicals trying to get rid of abortion piece by piece through concentration on the 1% of abortions at 20-24 weeks and intimidation and distortion of facts.
This is attacking the most vulnerable women. Whatever you think of abortion (and even pro-choice don't like it), banning it won't make it go away. It just punishes the poorest and most vulnerable who can't get around the laws and end up with unsafe illegal abortions, that already kill 80,000 women a year in parts of the world.
A lot is said about South Dakota banning abortion, but people forget that Roe vs Wade guarantees women the constitutional right to choose an abortion in South Dakota and everywhere else in the US (although pro-life (what a joke) terrorists are intimidating and killing as many doctors and clinic staff as they can).
In the UK it is much more difficult to get an abortion, 2 doctors permission is needed (more difficult than you might think when 18% of doctors oppose abortions for religious reasons) and a third of abortions are done private because of the difficulty of accessing NHS abortions disadvantaging poorer women.
This hints at the real reason why the religious and right wingers want to blame women for everything. It is all about control. For the right wing, contraception, abortion, more equal pay and education has given more freedom to females and that is a threat to the male dominance of society so loved by the male media moguls and male religious leaders.
When you think about it, even God hates women. Why else would he inflict the pain of child birth?