Sometimes I forget I write for a blog (a mostly dead blog, but which I can resuscitate at will) where I can easily share ideas like this to a sizable audience…
We can generally agree that it is bad to say things like “I totally raped that test!” or “I raped that level in Angry Birds.” because that is not what rape means, and rape is a serious thing.
But one additional problem with the particular quotes above is that tests and video game levels are not sentient beings. They do not have agency to ignore or consciousness to torment.
Tests exist to be taken, and games exist to be played. But people do not exist to be raped. And “winning” is no great personal feat. Using the word rape in this way strips the humanity from those who have been raped, much like their rapists did, by making them equivalent to objects which lack everything that makes rape bad.
So, you know, don’t say things like that!