Rape Culture And Its Validity

1769 WordsApr 3, 20178 Pages
Southern Connecticut State University defines rape culture on there collegiate website as, “an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture ... perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.” Many women know the fear of leaving their homes hoping that their outfit isn’t too revealing, and then having to put on a persona of modesty and propriety in hopes that they are seen as an upstanding member of society so as to avoid being objectified or cat-called by the opposite gender. They know what it is to fear…show more content…
It is not only the fact that women are feeling unsafe to report that has a tendency to perpetuate rape culture; it runs much deeper than that. In a scholarly journal Dianne Herman asserts, “Because of the aggressive-passive, dominant-submissive, me-Tarzan-you-Jane nature of the relationship between the sexes in our culture, there is a close association between violence and sexuality.” She continues making her assertion by saying, “The imagery of sexual relations between males and females in books, songs, advertising, and films is frequently that of a sadomasochistic relationships thinly veiled by a romantic facade. Thus, it is very difficult in our society to differentiate rape from ‘normal’ heterosexual relations.” In essence, the author is saying that, with a male dominant society, untangling the threads connecting sex and violence is difficult and not doing so may have dire repercussions. As for another point raised by her writings, the lines of “normal heterosexual relations” are also becoming blurred. Women are not the only victims within this rape culture. Men are also at a great risk today, whether
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