Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rape Culture 101... From a Person With a Penis

[TW Rape culture, etc]

Credit to Matthew H.



Rape culture refers to the recognition that there are certain institutional constructs, be they societal, legal, and/or cultural, which has the combined effect of unfairly justifying, marginalizing, or even allowing rapes to occur, and go unpunished.

1. Any talk of cause, other than unwanted sexual contact, supports the concept that rape is a crime for which a man can be not entirely culpable. Comments about how women dress, act, or otherwise present themselves only serve to try and marginalize the absolute culpability of the attacker. It becomes obvious when we discuss another type of crime. Take fraud. Do we do the same amount of questioning of the actions or behaviors of those who are caught in pyramid or other schemes? The inconsistency is the rape culture.

2. Any institution that is set up to require greater burden's of proof or evidence in a particular case (ie, rape) also contribute to the "rape culture." This can be police, or judicial. I don't think I need to go into a long diatribe about how women are unfairly questioned or accused during rape proceedings. The inconsistency is the rape culture.

3. Any talk of cultural constraints also seems to marginalize, or explain-away the action. Things like "well, she was out at a bar getting hammered..." etc. Our cultural constructs exist, but they are not identical to our moral requirements. We punish crimes that could also "fit in" with our cultural constructs. The 'rape culture' says that only in the cases of rape will we unfairly, and inconsistently, try to marginalize the crime. We do not marginalize fraud by bringing up the market economy (in which people are looking to make money). Again, the inconsistency is the rape culture.

I am less than impressed with guys who make claims against what the majority of women understand.

You cannot know what it is like to spend your entire life viewed as prey. Imagine if, god forbid, you were raped and cops and/or other people started asking questions about what you were wearing or the way you were acting, being questioned and accused as if you somehow brought it on yourself. It ought to be recognized, by the way, that this is the same justification abusers use on the abused. It's been used by abusers to justify emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse.

Rape culture? You're blind if you can't see it. Or, more likely, a male.

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