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This blog’s date-rape anthem series has traditionally been concerned with songs that appear to support rape tactics. The Raveonette‘s “Boys Who Rape Should All Be Destroyed,” as you may have surmised, takes the opposing position.

Date Rape Anthem: The Raveonette’s “Boys Who Rape Should All Be Destroyed,” an ode to eliminating perpetrators of sexual violence.

Relevant Lyrics:

Three to one girl How can you win One horrid night You hope that it’s a bad dream

They rip you to shreds Make you feel useless You’ll never forget Those fuckers stay in your head

Boys who rape should all be destroyed Boys who rape should all be destroyed

Sooo . . . What Do We Do With This One?: On the one hand, we’ve got a fairly popular rock group singing a song against rape, and that’s awesome. Plus, it’s catchy! Double bonus: It focuses its shame on the perpetrator’s crime, not the victim’s actions.

On the other hand, the mass extermination suggested by the titular command is a bit disturbing, no? Particularly when it functions as the the song’s refrain (it’s repeated eight times). I’m pretty much in agreement with People Working to End Violence Against Women when they write, “Personally, my version would go ‘Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Punished Via The Judicial System Then Must Attend Educational Seminars On Gender Violence, Equity And Male Privilege, While Incarcerated).'” In other words, the end goal is that rape, not people, be destroyed. But that’s not very catchy, is it?

PWEVAW also points out that the Raveonettes have another song entitled “Love Can Destroy Everything,” which adds another confusing layer to the Ravonette’s lyrical rapist destruction campaign. I’m not sure exactly how love might work to destroy boys who rape. I’d settle for boys who rape just not hating women, which I’m convinced will eventually just leave us with . . . boys. Ooh, boys!