Rape Culture

By: Ailynn Aguilar

"My thesis is that when it comes to reporting on sexual assault, it is not difficult to see how the line between advocacy and journalism can become blurred. We live in a culture in which have too often been blamed rather than believed."

Facts  On Rape Culture

Many people, more often girls, have been blamed, rather than believed. Victims that have been raped repress the memories. Someone did something to them that they cannot explain. Facts on cases are often pick apart by the national media. 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. Some examples of rape culture include lyrics to songs, TV shows, and jokes that either promote raping someone or make it seem like rape is an everyday occurrence that cannot be avoided. For instance, a popular rapper named Rick Ross recently came under fire for lyrics in a song of his that seemed to imply rape. The particular lyrics in question are as follows: “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.” As one can see from reading the lyrics above, this particular song by Rick Ross may be considered to be a part of rape culture because it seems to condone rape.

This problem cannot be easily addressed, but that does not make it impossible. Feminist have taken a huge role in this movement. Feminism had the ambition for the first time in the history of man to compel him to listen. The feminist desire for independence is defeated by the feminist issue of social construction that has ruined the reputation of women who are often seen as weak. We need a social order where men do not exercise power and dominance over women.  Rape is more often a crime of opportunity. The intent behind the crime can be a mixture of several thought streams. Principally it is not about rape, but seeking domination and power. I find it very important that students are to be educated. We must constantly be aware of our surroundings and be prepared for the worst.

This issue is generally important because it shows how quick to judge our society is. Survivors aren't comfortable to come to us to share their stories fearing that they will be blamed. This is an issue that can be addressed by simply changing our mindset and viewing things from a different perspective.



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  • Date Accessed: April 15, 2015


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