Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How does the treatment of sex offenders by male prisoners fit in rape culture theory?

Sex offenders 'marked men' in California prison as many are killed at higher rate | US news | The Guardian:
“They’re going to clean up anybody on that yard with ‘hot charges,’” said former inmate Todd Siefert, referring to any crime against a woman or child, including a sex offense. The very lowest rung is reserved for child molesters.
Seifert said he was confronted by white supremacist inmates less than a half-hour after he arrived at the California Institution for Men in Chino in 2004 and was severely beaten by a half-dozen fellow inmates for his sex crime involving a woman.
I suppose a believer in rape culture could argue that these men's failure was getting caught, and so they had to be beaten and killed, but that fails Occam's Razor: sex offenders are hated for what they've done to women and children.