The Wheel and Axle

Almost Anathema

by on Jul.28, 2016, under Queer, Society

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I’ve been following internet personality Chris Thompson on his blog as well as his various social media channels for some time now – both YouTube channels, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat. No, he’s not exactly a famous celebrity, but he has built up a fairly good internet presence and a solid following as a YouTube star who can also sing.

Admittedly, I was initially enticed to follow him because I encountered one of his vlogs and I found him very attractive. The more I watched his many videos, however, the more I saw he was more than just a pretty face; he was a man with a lot of very good things to say.

Primarily, I love how he is an excellent LGBT ally (among many other things). He’s straight, but unlike a number of other men, he’s not only supportive of us, he’s secure enough with his masculinity and sexuality (what do you know? another gorgeous Chris!) that he has no qualms doing things on social media that other guys wouldn’t be caught dead doing.

He also has a sensitive side (which he’s not afraid to show), and at the same time, he’s adorably funny and sexy as well.

I’ve seen a lot of his videos in the past, but it was only recently that I saw this one from 2014. In it, he talks about being a rape victim, and the perpetrator was a woman.

In our society, the topic of male rape is somewhat taboo, almost anathema, and very few are willing to acknowledge that it exists and that women are also capable of it. There is an unfortunate stigma attached to being a guy who’s a victim of rape, one borne of a largely patriarchal society.

However, male rape is very real, and it’s an issue that deserves more light and discussion in order to help survivors. Not speaking about it just hinders so many victims from seeking help, justice, or even just simple closure.

I’ll just let Chris talk about it; he expresses it so much better than I could. The important thing to remember is that it’s a topic we do need to talk about openly if we are to address it, and for someone like Chris to have spoken up about it is a step in the right direction.

All photos screengrabbed from Chris’ YouTube videos.

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