Many individuals might wonder, what is rape culture? “Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s
I found this book to be very informative though Shannon’s interviewing tactics were questionable, for example having the women discuss their personal rape experiences in a group setting, rather than one on one, or paying the women to share their stories as she writes, “I scrounge around my bag and
Summary of Ali Owens “Tell Me There’s No Rape Culture” In “Tell Me There’s No Rape Culture”, published in the Huffington Post in October of 2016, Ali Owens explains the inconsistent theories on how a woman can prevent getting raped to showcase the fact that the underlying problem is that women
Rape culture is everywhere. Advertisements, dress codes, and articles objectify women everyday. Women are taught their whole life that “boys will be boys’ and we need to dress accordingly so we do not distract them. One in four college women report surviving attempted or
When it comes to questions of women's oppression, and particularly an issue like rape, the views of women, particularly feminists and rape 'survivors', are today to be accepted unquestioningly. And for Gittos, the implications of the rape culture discussion for important legal principles, freedom of speech, and even our ability to
In the United States individuals of both genders are being sexually violated, yet way too often their offenders often get off scot free or with very little punishment. Rape culture exists because we don't believe it does. The first step to ending such culture is to name the real problem, which is victim-blaming. We treat victims like they’re responsible, which would be obscenely different for any other criminal charge. When a sexual assault is reported on the news the first questions the media asks are about the victim’s sobriety, clothes, or sexuality. The right question is, “What made the attacker think this was acceptable?” Changing a mind set that has been engraved in us for centuries is going to be strenous, yet not impossible. It starts
“Rape is called the most underreported violent crime in America. In a large national survey of American women, only 16% of the rapes, approximately one out of every six, had ever been reported to the police.” (aardvarc.org) Another issue that goes along with rape culture is the fact that it is not reported very often. This is usually, from my knowledge of volunteering at a rape crisis center, because the victim is embarrassed, is scared of retaliation from the rapist, or is emotionally traumatized by the experience. This causes an issue for the victim as well as other members of society. When a rape is not reported the rapist is left free to assault someone else, or even the victim again. To say that only one out of every six victim’s reports being raped leaves five rapists enabled to assault others.
The Problem with Supportive Rape Culture Fitzgerald and Lonsway define myths of rape as “false but persistent beliefs and stereotypes regarding forced sexual intercourse and the victims and perpetrators of such acts” (Kahlor). These rape myths include opinions that women who act or dress offensively are asking to be raped, or women who claim to have been raped when they later regretted having consensual sex. While it may be a common myth that some women lie about being sexually assaulted, “the fact is that only 2% of rape reports prove to be intentionally reported falsely” (Bohmer). An additional flagrant myth about rape is that no actually means yes, and that being raped is what some women secretly want. Although there a many myths about rape that are related to the rape victim and what she was doing and wearing, there are many myths about rape that define the rapist and create false images on what people actually commit rape crimes. An example of one of those myths is that “rapists are sex-starved, insane, or both” and that the action of rape is strictly a passion crime (Iconis). These assertions provide many
Jacqueline Branch English 1101 Colleen Boyle 26 November 2014 EXTREMELY WORDY FEMINIST RANT According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), approximately 207,500 rapes occur annually in the United States (“Statistics RAINN”). If we were to spread that out evenly over the 365 days of a year, that would equate to a
Rape Culture (Rape in the Media) “In the minds of many high school boys, rape isn 't always wrong. A Patriot Ledger survey of 527 high school students conducted for this series found that 7 percent of boys said it was OK to force a girl to have sex on a date” (Eschbacher).The media needs to redefine and differently represent rape because it is portrayed as being too hard to define, the media has begun stereotyping the victims and rapists alike, and rape is not being reported because students are afraid of the stigma created by the media. Rape culture, or the media’s portrayal of rape is ridiculously inaccurate and overly pigeonholed. Rape needs to be redefined, as evidence by the staggering statistic stated. In the following paragraphs, the reasoning behind the thesis stated will be explained.
The more we put rape in the media, making it a common thing in lives, and desensitize it, the more we lose sympathy for the subject. We quickly become apathetic to the subject. We become numb and lose will to change. Conversely, if not aware of something, it is hard to make improvements. Preventing rape starts with reporting ones that have already happened. As a society we need to have a healthier outlook about victims coming forward and reporting rape. Reporting and prosecuting are different things. The rapist can still be taken off the streets. Also, reporting helps the emotional wounds of the rape (Daniels-Booher 85-86). In order to have a better future we need to get rid of those that are holding us back. We need to stop attacking each other. People’s attitude towards rape, that it is the victim’s fault, is not going to change without effort. We have to work to make sure that surroundings are safer for us (Daniels-Booher 123). Rape is absolutely not the victim’s fault and we need to change outlook on that. For instance,
A prime example of rape culture is blaming the victim when it was not his or her fault. He or she is accused of being to promiscuous and that what she was wearing is the reason that he or she was raped. It is never the victims fault. We live in a society where it is okay for men to force themselves on to when with no issue and no repercussions. We teach do not get raped instead of do not rape. According to the National Statistic Violence Resource Center, every one in five women and one in every sixty-one will be raped at some point in their life. Rape should not be accusable. Our society does not hold the abuser accountable for their actions. A prime example of this is a man named Brock Turner. He was accused of raping an unconscious woman at Stanford University after a night of heavy drinking. The average time rapists are convicted is 9.8 years, he only got six months because of his swimming career. Turner got out in three months. His sentence was much shorter than it should have been. This happens a lot more than it should. The perpetrators hardly ever get their just desserts. About 60% of sexual assaults get reported and even less then that get investigated. One reason it is that way is because the victims are scared to share what happen to them because the backlash against them. They would be accused of lying or they would be blamed for the whole event. Making excuses against the rape of men and
In class this semester, we’ve spent a particularly long time defining and addressing the problems associated with rape culture. Rape culture can be defined as “a culture in which dominant cultural ideologies, media images, social practices, and societal institutions support and condone sexual abuse by normalizing, trivializing and eroticizing male violence against women and blaming victims for their own abuse” (Huffington Post). Rape culture can be as simple as a T.V. commercial or as complex as a rapist blaming the victim for “asking for it” and everything in between. Rape culture is something that effects everyone; not just women, but men too. I’m really glad that we were given the opportunity to spread the word throughout the community;
Rape culture is an environment in which social attitudes have the effect of normalizing sexual violence against women and excusing it in the media and other popular cultures. Rape culture attempts to rationalize a continuum of sexual violence that range from sexist remarks to unwanted sexual touching, and rape itself. Rape culture has become so desensitized by society that perpetrators may not be aware of their wrongdoings and victims may not realize they are being victimized. It is a culture in which victims are suppressed when they decide to speak up about their traumatic attack, because they are seen as being dramatic or untruthful while the perpetrator's actions are left unpunished. While the majority of victims are women, rape culture is not solemnly an issue of female oppression, it is a general disconnect between human beings. It is a culture that many of us refuse to accept exist, however there are numerous examples that normalize rape and sexual assault on a daily basis. Rape culture is not a new topic. The term was first used back in the 1970’s by a group of feminist to raise the awareness of the normalization of sexual violence in society. In recent years the topic has become a popular, controversial issue and has come to permeate virtually every aspect of our lives through media, song lyrics, and everyday jargon.