What is my obsession with colluders you may ask? Colluders are problematic beings because they help to maintain patriarchy as a system that oppress women emotionally, physically, sexually, and economically. They are dangerous women, and their commentary should never be considered to be benign.
Dame Helen was recently interviewed by GQ magazine, wherein she saw fit to excuse date rape. This is just what men need, to be told that they should not be held accountable for raping and assaulting women.
She told GQ: "I was [date-raped], yes. A couple of times.
"Not with excessive violence, or being hit, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will."
Dame Helen said it was rape if a couple engaged in sexual activity but the woman said "no" at the last second.
However, she said: "I don't think she can have that man into court under those circumstances."
So let me get this straight, yes it is rape if a man forces himself on a woman, but if she knew him, she should not be able to charge him? I do not what kind of twisted logic that this woman is using to justify her statements, but knowing someone does not give them the right to violate you ever. Even though Mirrin herself is a rape survivor, this kind of apologism is unacceptable. Men do not exist with the inalienable right to have access to womens bodies. In a culture that views womens bodies as disposable, these kinds of statements are dangerous.