In 1861, the Georgia penal code recommended two to twenty years imprisonment for white men convicted of raping white women [1]. At this time, women had only recently gained the right to retain wages they earned outside the home and were still nearly 60 years away from gaining the right to vote. It is 2016, over 150 years later, and a 20-year-old white male was recently sentenced to 6 months in prison (scheduled to spend just 3 months) for raping an unconscious woman.

[1] Weitz, Rose. The Politics of Women’s Bodies – Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior. Oxford University Press, 2010.