Conflict Theory: The Functionalist View Of Rape

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The Merriam Webster dictionary Defines rape as “unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception”. Rape seems like an act that an individual would never think of committing. However, rape happens every day in many different instances, and what's worse, the excuse for certain rape cases. In my paper I'll be breaking down the social issue of rape through the structural functionalism theory, the conflict theory, and the symbolic interactionism theory. With the conflict theory I'll be examining …show more content…

Rape serves no purpose in society because it adds nothing to social roles and keeps no type of harmony. There is no type of stability to be found in Rape. The sole purpose and effects of consensual partnership is to create the next generation and people finding life partners. Without that consent, what is there to be gained?. Luckily, the average person would agree with this. Any decent person can understand that rape is a bad thing and should be punished. But why do people still avoid talking about it? Or not take people who report it seriously? Why are male victims of rape barely ever talked about? I want to try to answer those questions with the other two of the big three …show more content…

Firstly, Rape culture can be defined as the normalization and excusing of sexual violent behavior towards women in everyday media and culture ( Rape culture can also be the over sexualization of women’s bodies and misogynistic attitudes. These images and attitudes may not seem like they are obvious or even present but they are subtly weaved into many of the symbols and daily interactions in society. This is what causes rape and rape culture to be normalized. For example, if a young woman is sexually assaulted in a club, instead of asking details about the person who committed the act, the questions are reversed onto the victim. There are questions that arise such as, “what was she wearing?”, “was she drunk?”, “was she flirting with him/her at first?”. These questions are problematic because they suggest that the victim is the one is at fault for being sexaually assaulted. This idea is pushed by the symbolic interaction that if someone is trying to get lucky the other individual has to follow through, especially in party settings. I often see this especially in music and movies where stalking and harassing a person to the point of being uncomfortable is chalked up as a heated “romantic” pursuit.. For another example, women’s bodies (and often men’s too) are oversexualized. The is especially in the advertising industry and again in the media.

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