As a social construction, rape is created in the context of eroticization male dominance and female subordination. It also bases itself on the assumption that gender is a predetermined that distinguishes people into two distinct categories. Although rape is real, it is rather enabled by misconceptions. In order to envision a society without rape or less rape, it is radical for people to recognize that social construction has had enormous impact on how it is practiced and perceived.
“Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted” (“Statistics”). With the prevalence of rape in this country, one must suspect that there is something more to the frequency rape than the rapist himself. Of course, individuals need to be held responsible for their actions--especially when those actions include the despicable crime of sexual assault--however these individuals are not all shady characters hanging out in alleys waiting for a victim: they are seemingly normal citizens who are a byproduct of society’s acceptance and normalization of rape. Rape culture is ubiquitous in American society today, and needs to be addressed. Rape culture is a real problem in society that needs to be recognized, is problematic on college campuses,
Voltaire tries to tell us that women at that time period were vulnerable. Because of that, Cunegonde is blinded by the real situation of women. In Cunegonde's life she has only experienced rape and being sold so, it’s highly unlikely that her perspective of women being raped will change. Women probably felt offended because Cunegonde is basically saying how it’s better to be raped more than once in order for you to be virtuous. Besides women, some men probably felt responsible for how women were treated and all of this happened was due to men feeling superior to women.
In the United States, rape culture endures because of sexual objectification, patriarchy, and gender roles. These main factors in rape culture are all intermingled, and are passed down through the ages. However, would it even be possible for these underlying causes to be untaught when society continues to think and to train each new generation to think in these ways from birth? Objectification can be defined as the demotion or degrading of a person or class of p... ... middle of paper ... ...than hold a rapist responsible for his actions, the victim is criticized for egging him on, so to speak. Rape culture does not exclusively give one sex an advantage.
Sexual assault is violence, not sex. Many have spoken about their experience with rape and rape culture. Rape culture is a culture defined as a society that normalizes rape and sexual assault. Rape culture causes many men and women to feel as though they will not receive justice for the rapist’s crime. This is dangerous when a person’s life hangs in the balance.
Even though I know I will be faced with opposition from multiple directions, I believe that most of the opposition against the argument I am trying to make is the fact that men get raped too. While I understand that women are not the only ones who get raped, rape culture does have a lot to deal with sexual violence against women being normalized. Plus, it is more common for women to get raped than it is for men. In fact, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center “91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male.” Now that is a big difference. I will also be faced with opposition from those who see rape as a problem and think nothing can be done to stop it and those who just don’t see rape as big a problem at all.
The reason for the frequency of sexual assault on campuses is due to these social influences in our ever-changing society. Patriarchy, sexism, and gender socialization are the underlying societal influences that prevent the safety of women on college campuses throughout the United States. In the 19th century, men claimed the right to use physical discipline against their wives. These included beatings, physical assaults, and sexual assaults. There was no accurate measure of rape and sexual assault between husbands and wives partly because women were “supposed” to please their man, regardless of their opinion or objection.
Those who score high on a scale of ambivalent sexism or more inclined to rape, and those who hold more traditional gender-roles are more inclined to trivialize rape, blame the victim, and excuse the perpetrator. This source was used to explain the societal factors behind rape, where ambivalent sexism and gender-role traditionality combine in a dynamic attitude derived from patriarchy. This article was helpful in addressing patriarchy as the structural force behind rape.
In this paper, we will discuss how rape is not a crime of sex, but a crime of sexism, and how our patriarchal culture system leads to the acceptance of rape in marriage. Marital rape is a form of intimate partner violence, an abuse of power by which one spouse attempts to establish dominance and control over the other. Because of the attackers own insecurities, rape can control the other person's state of mind by instilling fear into the individual, leading to a number of psychological problems such as depression, fear, anxiety, and concerns with sexual orientation. As described by a few marital rape victims, other main issues caused by marital rape include: longer recovery from trauma, higher likelihood of repeated assaults, pressure to stay with perpetrator, negative effects on children in the household, and difficulty identifying what happened as a crime. According to statistics, 90% of rape victims are female, and over 98% of rapists are male.
In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life. Do we live in a rape culture? Of course we do. No it’s not every day that you hear of a new rape case, but there are examples all around us that clearly identify that we are without a doubt living in a rape culture. Some of those examples include victim blaming, rape jokes, pop music, and the factual statics that leave you with no room to deny that we