Rape: Just Another Four-Letter Word?

The other day, I was texting a friend while driving. Well, I wasn’t actually texting in the conventional sense (that is illegal); I was speaking into my phone’s voice recorder, which takes what I say and transcribes it into text. So there I was in the middle of a heavy text conversation — as heavy as a text conversation can get — talking about how I was raped. I looked down at my phone and noticed that one of the words read “r****” in place of “raped.” “R****?” Really?

Not often is anyone daring enough to censor me, least of all my cell phone. In the past, I’ve noticed that the voice recorder has blocked certain words and changed them from their original form into a more symbolic “f***,” “b****,” and “s***.” That I can understand- well, no, not really, but I do know that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) blocks many of those words on open channels, so in the conventional sense, I am familiar with those “swear” words being censored, but “rape?”

The rest of the article can be found here at The Huffington Post

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  1. Paul Roese

    i worry you are obsessing on this. i mean really how often are you going to employ the word in conversations? you are blowing some stupid rule into a vast conspiracy. if you have truly moved on and the event has no hold on you any more let this stuff slide. when i see your name i don’t think rape victim i think Hayley Rose! intelligent capable young woman. promising writer with much to learn and much to teach. bright, attractive, funny, eater of vegetables,with a fair taste in music. when i see your name i think ‘l’chayim’

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