Recently, on my Humorless Feminist Shrew pinboard, I mentioned that modesty standards for women’s attire contribute to the rape culture. The man I’d repinned commented that he took this to mean I’d called him a rapist, and he was not a rapist, therefore feminism was wrong, etc. We’ve all heard this particular argument before.
But I happened to be thinking about Jurassic Park at the time, and realized it’s a near-perfect illustration of the difference between being a rapist and contributing to rape culture, which anti-feminists so often like to gloss over.
And now we get to talk about Dennis Nedry.
Dennis Nedry is not a velociraptor. He is a programmer, and he certainly has his faults, but he did not actually mutilate nor devour anyone on Isla Nublar. His actions, however, certainly made it much easier for the velociraptors to devour many people, including Samuel L. Jackson and the glorious Robert Muldoon.
Bonus point: velociraptors will attack anyone vulnerable, regardless of how that person is clothed.
In sum: rape culture means that you help shut down the fences that keep us safe from predators. Don’t be That Guy.