Commenter BuenaVista recently stated,
The virulence of the women claiming abuse remains very curious to me. I mean, it’s just such a waste of time and energy, even if one is a ‘6’ walking around angry at insufficient attention from male ‘8 or 9s’. And even if, as on most campuses, claiming victimization allows a girl to claim that most wonderful of titles, “survivor.’ So it makes sense to me that they are motivated by status ambitions, and even career ambitions (these women seem to wind up in the nonsense side of the economy, working for the government, government schools, or nonprofits funded by the government; so this an accusation of abuse is a resume builder.)
So what about the word survivor? When I was a boy, it meant that a person was still living after going through an ordeal where there live was in jeopardy. I read the book Survive the Savage Sea as a youngster. It was thrilling. Would they survive?
So let us talk about rape survivor or even sexual assault survivor. In the bad old days when rape was still rape-rape there were sometimes rapes followed by murders. But these days, with everything being rape, the percentages of this are very low. So when a woman survives eye-rape, was her life ever in jeopardy?
This is just another example of expropriating a word for a use it was never intended for. It debases the currency of language. Pretty soon we will need a new word for the old meaning of survivor. Let us get an early start. Any suggestions?