7 Legal Rights And Privileges Afforded Only To Women

7 Legal Rights And Privileges Afforded Only To Women

#5. Women have the right to call unwanted, coerced sex, rape

Mad Men's non-consensual encounter between a young, frightened Dick Whitman.

Mad Men’s non-consensual encounter between a young, frightened Dick Whitman and a prostitute.

This Mad Men scene hardly stirred a conversation after it aired and there’s no doubt it would have if the roles were reversed. It’s understood that in our society that women have agency over their bodies and any hint of coercion into sexual interaction is seen as a violation of a woman’s rights. But for men, it is presumed that they “must have wanted it.”

This applies to many situations, especially those cases where female teachers have sex with their underage male students. This double standard is demonstrated within the legal system, where men receive harsher sentences for the same crimes women commit.

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