When pressed by the Daily Caller, self-labeled “male feminist,” Charles Clymer maintained that Cruz made it more likely that his daughter – WHO IS SEVEN – would be raped in the future. Or something. Oh jeez, just read his actual quote.
As you probably know, rape culture is the way in which our society enables sexual violence against women (and men). This spans everything from the portrayal of women as sex objects in media to how consent is taught, expressed, and honored. When you look at the gif I posted, you see that his daughter clearly does not want to be kissed. Were this a playful moment, perhaps our perception would be different, but it’s not. It is obvious she doesn’t want that attention from her father. When I cite this as one example of “benign” rape culture, I mean that it’s one of those seemingly meaningless moments that enables violent acts. No, I don’t think Ted Cruz would ever hurt his daughter nor do I believe anything he’s doing here is remotely sexual, but I think it’s important to discuss the role of consent in this situation. If her father doesn’t respect her boundaries, wouldn’t this make it harder for her to understand she’s able to assert boundaries to unwanted attention down the road?
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Sen. Cruz forcing his daughter to kiss and hug him is a prime example of "benign" rape culture: https://t.co/z43dyQpvHz
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) February 1, 2016