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    Re: legitimate rape

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    Really? What about in the context I used it above?
    I, personally, feel that there is no justification in any context for talking of 'legitimate rape'.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    How would you rewrite the sentence I wrote then?

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    Re: legitimate rape

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    How would you rewrite the sentence I wrote then?
    I took your "some women falsely reporting rape makes it more difficult for legitimate rape victims to get justice" to mean 'legitimate (genuine) victims of rape, not 'victims of legitimate rape'.

    Where you wrote, "It's in this area where people can talk about different degrees of rape, and phrases like "legitimate rape" can emerge", I would have written something like, "It's in this area where some people can talk about different degrees of rape, and inappropriate phrases like "legitimate rape" can emerge" . Personally, I feel that we are on very dangerous ground when we talk of 'different degrees of rape'.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    I agree, but it's important to realise that some people do feel this way and will be using language in a way that reflects this.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    We had a similar "what did you just say" moment several years ago when our vice prime minister said this: Lepper - Jak mo (in Polish).

    I think you don't need to speak Polish to see he's saying something obnoxious. One of his people allegedly raped a prostitute. He asked the journalists, "Well, how can you rape a prostitute in the first place?"

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    Re: legitimate rape

    Wow.
    Wow. Somehow, it warms my heart to know it's not only American politicians who are really stupid.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    Whether politicians say stupid things isn't the measure of a nation, it's whether their political career is finished afterwards.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    His was. He was charged with similar offences soon afterwards. He died one year ago. According to the police he hanged himself.

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    Re: legitimate rape

    Enough said! I think this thread should be closed!

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    Re: legitimate rape

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Could I just remind everybody, including myself, that this is a language forum. Can we all please try to avoid getting into any discussion of the rights or wrongs of pro-life/anti-choice/pro-choice/etc views.
    I was wondering when someone would notice. I'm taking the advice of amigos4.

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