"Sky Raper": Drones Are Tools of the Patriarchy

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The codename lays bare the true nature of patriarchy, and the roles of the military and rape culture within patriarchy. The military cannot exist without rape culture and patriarchy, just as rape culture relies on the military and patriarchy to export violence all across the globe. The military figuratively and actually rapes on a regular basis, whether we’re talking about soldiers invading autonomous regions in order to aid the U.S. government’s plundering of natural resources, or soldiers literally raping indigenous peoples. Then there’s the epidemic of rape within the military, a crime that grew so unmanageable that President Obama signed a 2013 bill that would ostensibly crack down on sexual assaults in the military. The act of rape is about power and violence—two favorite hobbies of the military.

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