But when has that ever stopped me.
I definitely believe in the power of the mind. Hell, my religion makes it practically compulsory to do so! But even so, I like to think I temper that with a little thing I like to call common sense. Do I believe that universal forces can be affected by intense thought and meditation? Yes. Do I think that one person, thinking really, really hard, can create a strong immediate and physical reaction in someone? Ah, no. No I don't. If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it and we'd have all killed each other off years ago.
But I'm sure you're wondering where I'm going with this seemingly nonsensical rant. I guess the question of the day is if you rape someone in your imagination, is it really rape?
According to this news article, a man was arrested in Zimbabwe for having non-consensual Voodoo mind sex with a woman at a bus stop. Apparently someone got a wee bit suspicious when he started sweating, looking a little "excited", and staring at the woman like a big creepy creeper. The conclusion drawn? He was practising Mubobobo, a type of Voodoo that let him have sex with the woman using only the power of his mind.
Uh ... yeah, we have something like that too. It's called fantasising.
Of course, I'm not trying to downplay the ick factor of this guy getting all hot and bothered in public thanks to some poor unsuspecting woman. There's no doubt it's disturbing, and depending upon what he was actually doing and the laws in the area possibly illegal, but I really can't see the justification for calling it rape.
Jeez, if everyone who had imaginary mind sex with someone without their consent was arrested, there'd be no one left to run the place! I know I would be, thanks to several very good looking TV and movie stars and, in recent memory, a rather dishy guy who was painting the side of a house wearing only a pair of overalls ... sorry, my blue collar kink is showing, isn't it. But the point is everyone does it, and anyone who tells you that they don't is a god damned liar whose pants are definitely smouldering!
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