Normally, I would have some witty sentence here but I’m just going to jump right into it today. Today, I am writing about rape culture.
What is rape culture? Rape culture is:
Rape culture is a concept used to describe a culture in which rape and sexual violence are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media normalize, excuse, tolerate, or even condone sexual violence.
Examples of behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification, and trivializing rape.
I know some people are side-eyeing me for using Wiki as a source but I think the above definition is a pretty solid one and it said everything that I wanted it to say. This post is inspired by this blog post and a discussion I had about the post (I’ll leave it at that because I ain’t stroking no egos).
As I did with the cultural appropriation post, I will give examples of rape culture.
Rape culture is Jay-Z saying “I kill a block I murder avenues/rape and pillage a village, women and children” in a song and people barely notice.
Rape culture is pornography making the harm and degradation of women seem commonplace and desirable. And don’t get me started on hentai…
Rape culture is making rape jokes and wishing rape on someone out of anger.
I could go on and on with the examples but the point is, rape culture exists.
Another point that came up in the discussion was the fact that rape culture affects women primarily, which drew ire from one of the male posters who started to go on a rant about male rape. While I do acknowledge male rape victims and their existence, I can’t deny that rape culture primarily affects women after all most rape victims are women and 1 in 6 women have been raped or have had someone attempt to rape them (the stat is 1 in 33 for men, in case you’re wondering). In some places, a man (I use that term loosely) can ask for custody of a child that was conceived via him raping the mother.
That isn’t to say males aren’t affected by rape culture either. Male rape victims have to deal with invisibility. They were not included in the federal definition of rape until earlier this year. Many male rape victims are afraid to speak out because they are scared of being ridiculed and not taken seriously, especially if the person that assaulted them was female.
Point is, rape culture isn’t some feminist babble. I didn’t write this to get a feminist badge or Steinem brownie point. This article comes from a place concern and hopefully, it falls on hearing ears.
What do you think about rape culture? Do you think it exists? Why or why not?