Rethink the Rant

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The following includes descriptions, photos, and video that may serve as a trigger for victims of sexual violence.
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Someone asked me today, “What is ‘rape culture’ anyway? I’m tired of hearing about it.”

Yeah, I hear ya. I’m tired of talking about it. But I’m going to keep talking about it because people like you keep asking that question.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, no one says, “Stop.”

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, they can’t get anyone to come forward.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and adults are informed of it, but no consequences are doled out because the boys “said nothing happened.”

Rape culture is when a group…

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I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on March 24, 2013, in women. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Unfortunately, rape is still far too prevalent for you, and everyone else, to stop talking about it, so thank you. Women are instructed how NOT to get raped, without addressing the more pressing issue. Let’s talk about teaching people not to rape. Let’s talk about consent, but we don’t do that.

    One of the biggest issues with modern rape culture is that people don’t recognize “rape”. Women are underreporting rape or situations that are coercive/threatening to their bodies for a lot of reasons, but I suspect that a large component is the inability to recognize rape. If consent is not present, it’s rape. Men feel entitled to women’s bodies, and women’s feel responsibility to succumb to the desires of men. Even if the sexual activity occurs as the result of guilt, a sense of duty, or coercion, it’s gone too far. I think people expect rape to be physically violent, and we know that this isn’t always the case. As a society, we turn a blind eye to emotional violence and ignore the mental health implications. This expectation is extremely problematic because both involved in the nonconsensual activity will not categorically consider it “rape”. It has the potential to be far more insidious than physically violent rape.

    When people learn how to obtain consent, negotiate boundaries, release entitlement, and feel empowered to engage in sexual activity on their terms, we’ll stop talking about rape culture =).

    Of course, I’m talking about this in completely heteronormative terms and this applies to MANY gender dynamics and anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of rape or coercion.

    I’m a sexual health education programmer and consent is near and dear to my heart ;). Sorry for ranting!

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