“Why do men rape? It’s simple: because they think they can get away with it. Enough with social and psychological justifications. Rape is a punishable crime. Period.”
According to this passage by Sandra Newman in La Repubblica’s Sept. 30 edition — a well-articulated yet contradictory analysis — one might reply that if that’s really how things were, stopping rapists would actually be easy: Just lengthen the prison sentences and condemn repeated offenders to life in prison.
But in addition to the debatable outcome of such a deterrent, which more people now favor, male violence against women must be met with education beginning in childhood. We know that the sexism and racism in our male-dominated culture were inherited over centuries. When people talk about “understanding” what drives men to rape, you have to consider not just the social and psychological reasons but the goal of an ideology that has been the foundation of our civilization and others for centuries, from high culture to common sense.