Over The Years Many Feminists Have Sculpted What The Definition
1111 WordsJan 9, 20175 Pages
Over the years many feminists have sculpted what the definition of rape culture is. This term aims to shine a light on the different ways in which society has shifted blame from perpetrator to victims of sexual assault and in doing so, normalized male sexual violence. This is a complex set of beliefs developed within society that encourage male superiority and sexual aggression. This is dangerous because it creates an atmosphere where violence against women is supported. We, as a society, need to be more conscious about our values and ideals. We need to not only be aware of what is going on, but also stand up and see it for what it truly is.
A big component to the prominence of rape culture is cultural factors themselves. In the “Sexual…show more content…
Personally, I religiously follow music and other forms of entertainment such as television shows and movies. The following will depict how such forms of entertainment have pushed rape culture and in turn influenced my life and the lives of those around me. On a daily basis we are presented with media and forms of entertainment which glorify rape culture. Today’s society often criticizes rap music for explicit language and content. However, rape culture can be found in every genre of music. For example pop music, specifically Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines” although highly recognized and celebrated it also promotes the challenging of “blurred lines” around sexual consent between participants. The popularity of this song is a clear example of society is willing to tolerate rape culture. It even goes to the extent of making it sexy and cool to be part of the group who normalizes these cultural trends. I decided to point this specific song out because just last week as I drove my sister to her elementary school, I noticed her mindlessly singing along to the song. Of course, she doesn’t fully understand what the lyrics mean or what message is being sent across.
However, that is the problem. The fact that rape culture is everywhere and we’ve become so desensitized that we don’t even notice it. My sister will grow up having songs like “blurred lines” pushed her way. This will most certainly shape how and what values and morals she develops. We can also take a