Rape metaphors in financial discourse
I think that people who have actually been raped do not take kindly to the use of rape metaphors for financial transactions (for example). I think they are right (and even though I've used the metaphor in the past; too lazy to find links).
I think also think that rape is not, as a trope, sufficiently isomorphic to the system it purports to represent, which is another reason to avoid using it. It's all very well to stir up rage, but people with big budgets have entire corporate divisions devoted to strategic hate management (as the current election makes clear). Stirring up thought, however, is within our purview, and outside their scope. So, words matter, and metaphors matter.
No, I don't know what the appropriate metaphor is, but it's probably more along the lines of broad-spectrum trafficking.
I also think there is a grand metaphor for the entire system to be had* -- if you are a materialist or Gaian as I am, then capital must pass through the actual living human flesh in which persons reside -- and no I don't have it, though I think about it a lot. For reasons stated, rape is not that metaphor. We need to clear the ground of bad metaphors to think clearly: "Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language" (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
NOTE * That is, Marx [gasp] got this right for capitalism:
and this right for finance capitalism:
What I am, er, philosophizing about is this part of the dynamic:
Capital passes through human flesh in Marx's dashed area (see, e.g., Eph 6:12). That's why "rape," as a folk philosophy, seems appropriate. But as I argue above, it's not.