Jay, the armchair rapist, on the outside appears to be just a run of the mill file clerk.  Most likely, by looking at Jay you would never spare an extra thought on him.  He is not someone who sticks out in a crowd, especially the crowd of the city financial district.  However, if you really ask Jay what he’s thinking, a terrible picture begins to unfold.  In Jay’s thoughts, women are more than lusted after, while feelings of rage and revenge swirl together to make ideas and images which only appear in women’s nightmares. But what made Jay this way? 

According to the psychopathology theory, Jay is diseased.  To the people who support this theory, Jay must have some underlying personality disorder that makes him this way.  He is not normal.  If we believe this theory, we may think he had some kind of childhood trauma which stunted his emotional and social development.  Short or long term abuse can set up a minefield of issues a person must navigate through to reach normalcy, especially as a child.  Jay may have witnessed his father treating his mother in aggressive and demeaning ways.  Or, he may have been the victim himself, always being told he is lousy, a failure, and not manly enough.  Women throughout his life may have reinforced these ideas without even knowing it.  Jay’s urges to assert power onto a woman are extreme and dangerous.  As long as they remain in his head, they are controllable. Once unleashed, however, he may be unable to help himself.

According to the feminist social theory, Jay is the creation of the socialization of men and the patriarchal rule over our country.  We as a society made Jay this way through our media, through our hierarchical system of power, and through the very way we talk, look, and act around him.  We socialized Jay to be a man, and men have a certain power in this country.  This power is obtained and retained by the oppression of women.  Men are socialized to see women as the weaker sex and to feel as though they have power.  The problem is Jay does not feel he has power with women.  He feels threatened by them.  He seeks to annihilate those whom he feels dehumanize him.  The easiest way to do this is sexual assault.  It shows the victims who is really in power and who has the upper hand, while allowing Jay to take out his aggression on the nameless, faceless population that is women.

Finally, according to the male peer support theory, Jay is naturally the way he is, but his social group reinforces his behaviors and ideas, thus making them more powerful.  In this theory, abusive men attach to other abusive men and these support systems offer verbal and emotional support for abuse against women.  If considering this theory, one must also consider Jay’s friends.  At work, Jay is a minion.  He is a bottom dweller who can only look to those in power above him with envy and hate.  Most likely, Jay would interact and socialize with those in similar roles.  Jay may also attract those people who are antisocial or emotionally awkward.  Both types of friends would only feed Jay’s desire to do something, and unfortunately, that something is women.  Jay feels like women are the key to success.  He must have them (and lots of them) to have power.  Power is what Jay really wants, women, rape, and sexual assault are just a few ways to get it.

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