I have the desire to explore something ugly this morning. Don't really know why. Is rape really so easy to understand? Everyday we seem to read stories about it and everyone likes to think they have a total understanding of it in one sentence: "a sick, frustrated, mentally unstable fuck". Sure, that kind of assumption makes us feel good, it separates a rapist from a majority of the population, successfully alienating him/her. This makes us happier about ourselves since we all have things we dislike or wonder about ourselves. Could I ever have the capacity to steal? To hurt someone? To murder? We think of these questions sometimes and they can be hard to look at seriously. So when it comes to rape, why are we so quick to assume everything about the assailant? Take for example a recent thread that discusses several children and two teenagers who raped an 8-year old girl. Do we all feel safe calling a nine year a "sick, frustrated, mentally unstable fuck"? Of course we don't. It's one of those cases that grinds the gears, that brings the system to a halt and makes us wonder about ourselves and our rules and the way we think. A rapist can be simple, but it can be complex and it is not always a result of an "evil" mentality. I just felt like opening up a general discussion on how we view rape, how we talk about it and how we deal with it.