Rapists uphold the social status quo. Hackers, especially the idealistic ones, subvert it. They are far, far more dangerous to important people (who have staff and bodyguards) than rapists are.
Such a short post, and yet so much bovine excrement. I don’t recall when I last saw it piled higher and deeper.
First of all, computer hackers do not usually get more jail time than rapists. I’m not saying that it has never happened, I’m just saying it’s not typical. Hacking is usually treated as a minor offense, while rape is treated as a serious felony.
When you see hackers getting hit with more than a wrist slap and probation it has to do with the harm they caused. The guy who hacked Sarah Palin’s email account was facing up to 50 years, but he was only sentenced to a year in jail. He only got that much because it was a high profile case and the judge decided to make an example of him.
Where longer sentences for hacking would be appropriate are cases that involve fraud, theft, economic harm or some other injury. If someone steals hundreds of thousands of dollars by hacking the real offense is not the hacking, it’s the stealing. Stealing government secrets is a serious offense even if you do it the old fashioned way. Bradley Manning is not charged with hacking, he’s charged with disclosing classified information.
But that is not the worst pile of bovine excrement in Welsh’s post.
Progworld is a really strange place, kinda like Looking-Glass Land as seen by George Orwell on bad acid. They hold some truths to be self-evident that are completely loony here in the real world. Only in Progworld can you assert that “Rapists uphold the social status quo” and not get treated with scorn and derision.
I don’t know where the idea originated but in prog/feminist circles there is a widely held belief that men like rape. That is bullshit. Yes, some men are rapists, but the vast majority of men despise the small minority that are rapists. Even in prisons, where murderers enjoy high status, rapists are only slightly less reviled than child molesters. They have to be kept segregated from the other inmates for their safety.
While upper-class women and girls may enjoy generally safer lives than their lower-class sisters, rich girls get raped too. A rich boy who commits rape may have a better chance of getting away with it, but that’s only because rich kids have a better chance of getting away with all crimes.