Hey, thanks for bringing me back into this with the "pithy" citation. After rereading your arguments, I was struck by this imagery of a game. The goal of the game is to dominate, and the rules by which we dominate is to rape. Wait, that's not quite right. Life is a game. The goal of this game is to succeed. Success is that dopamine drop of achieving a goal, which is why we do what we do. Some people set professional goals, achieve their level of status, and feel good about themselves. The mechanics of professional and social structures describe how they dominate in their field. Some people engage in competitive sports and dominate other people by running faster, shooting more accurately, or punching harder. The mechanics of the rules of the game describe how they dominate other individuals. Some people aren't professionally motivated or coordinated enough to compete in sports, but they still need to succeed. Maybe their preferred variety of success is domination. The mechanics of sex describe how this person dominates, as opposed to any professional, social, or sports rules. Sex is the mechanics by which this person achieves his domination. What makes a boxer different from a rapist? Each boxer is engaging in the contest of boxing, knowing that there is a possibility that he will lose. Aren't we all implicitly engaging in the contest of I-will-not-be-raped? Shouldn't we reasonably assume that some of us will lose? Thems just the breaks. The other thing that struck me from Smuel's research was how the admitters mention some stress that preceded the rape. This reminded me of control, which I can resolve to success or domination. I wouldn't be surprised if many stressful events are outside of the individual's control. In the case of the rapist "motivated" by these stressful events, he probably seeks to regain control by acting out in a mania of hyper-control wherein he takes control of somebody else, dominating her, and ultimately raping her. Anyway, back to my complaint about the pithy things people say about ugly topics, it isn't so much that I think people must think about and talk about these things. It's more the case that I don't like the things that these types of people do to discourage other people from talking about them. Bill Burr has a great bit where he rails against the mantra that there is never a reason to hit a woman. Spoiler There are plenty of reasons to hit a woman, you just don't do it. I believe this statement to be true, that this joke is funny, and that domestic violence is bad, all at the same time and I don't have to shut anybody down to enjoy any of this. In the same vein, I hate the bullshit that rape jokes are never funny. I'm really glad Jojobobo shared that Schumer sketch because that is on point, hilarious, and it's topic is rape. How is this possible? By the way, I dominated a bunch of dudes last Friday. The mechanics by which I did so was Smash Bros. and it felt good.