Women were raped because of their beauty and how weak they were in terms of rights. As a result, women would just experience rape since it was their way of life so much so that they even believed that the more often you were raped, the more virtuous you are. When Voltaire describes how women were raped, he uses a humorous and offensive tone because Voltaire wants to exaggerate this topic about rape. He expands on how women were raped by including every
It is the equality and rights of women that should not be up for debate or heavily controlled by the government. Society is constantly dehumanizing women, their status, and undermining their achievements. There are many factors that play in the detrimental society in The United States such as rape culture, media, and religion. “She asked for it.” Attitudes, beliefs, and incorrect ideas about rape have been with us for centuries. There are constantly meaningless excuses, such as "women ask for it," and "women secretly enjoy rape".
Since the olden day’s gender roles have been established for men and women that proliferate todays thinking about the powerful entitled man and the submissive punishable woman. This mindset is the very reason why incidents of sexual assault are continuous with the responsibility of the crime falling on the victims. The conservative way of thinking has influenced the very crucial aspect of our society the interactions among genders. It has polluted our belief system allowing unfair and unscrupulous acts of violence against women and placed domineering roles upon women by men. According to Jill Filipovic, author of “Offensive Feminism: The Conservative Gender Norms that Perpetuated Rape Culture, and How Feminist Can Fight Back”, the effects of coverture is still present today wreaking havoc on women’s rights and their bodily integrity.
This occurs because victims know that they will be blamed by society based on their habits, sexual activity, or how they dress. Because of this unbelief and blame towards the victim, many rapes and sexual assaults go unreported. Since women are dissuaded from reporting, they are forced to live through the trauma in their daily lives and the attackers are still out on the streets looking for their next victims. Victim blaming reinforces sexual assaults and distances people away from the victims. Many victims are seen differently by family and friends as they are seen as “unclean” or “different” due to their forced sexual experience.
We have a great number of men and women being tragically affected by this problem because of sexism intervening the matter. Although it is a rough mindset to break, sexism must be erased from sex education for the sake of future generations. Women feeling afraid to speak out because of cruel beliefs is unacceptable and it only results in unstable adults. Men being granted privileges for these life altering crimes is disheartening and contributes to an unsafe society. It should never be okay for anyone to be manipulated or forced to do anything against their will, then blamed for it.
He removes her self and those qualities that define her as an individual, and for him she becomes sexualized body parts. She acts the part of the thing he wants her to be.” Prostitutes often start believing they are commodities because that is how men treat them and it causes them to have mental issues. Women that are raped feel worthless and like they are no longer important to society. By becoming a prostitute, women have a very high chance of becoming a victim of domestic violence. However, a woman’s body is not meant to me’s the urges.
A women’s role in society is problematic; women are still fighting for equal rights and fair treatment. It’s hard to escape this male dominated world because society helped construct this obscene idea that men are more important than women. In the article by Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, helps explain the idea that women are secondary to men, which then triggers male behavior towards women in a negative way. This leads to domestic violence, unequal pay and treatment in the workforce, and discrimination against women. For
Nevertheless, women has a desire to speak up and state the obvious. Rape is illegal by law and it is unjustifiable – people know that, but is it only men to blame? Rape is generally presented as something that only (or almost always) happens to women. Why? There are also stories about women who has reported innocent men because the girl by “accident” cheated on her boyfriend and when things got tight needed a scapegoat, and by that abused her advantage of being a girl in this post-feministic world.
Ranging from “a culture [in which] authorities [do] not tak[e] the rape victim seriously” to the “objectification and de-personification of women [in society which] creates a feedback loop for rapists”, rape culture can be generalized as an “environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture” (Speech-geek, CricketPinata). There are many countries where the roots of male hegemony and entitlement are still ingrained in society, but in a progressive country like America, these roots are and continue to be uprooted by those in pursuit of equality. Although these roots still have a draining effect on society in the form of systemic sexism, rape culture is hardly the sole causation of rape as it is often conveyed. Furthermore, to even suggest that rape is condoned or a cultural norm in American society, one has to completely ignore the advances in women 's rights during the 20th and 21st centuries. Similarly, if America meets the criteria of rape culture, then why have Trump’s comments received such unanimous backlash?
As long as women are getting blamed for their own attacks, men possess all of the power and control; and are not taught that raping and hurting women is not okay nor acceptable, rape culture is not going anywhere. In the article "Offensive Feminism: The Conservative Gender Norms That Perpetuate Rape Culture, and How Feminists Can Fight Back," Filipovic explains that some conservative extremists and even some regular folks want to maintain a culture that enables and promote rape because women pose a threat to power structures, and the constant threat of rape keeps both men and women in line (23). She says that, sexual assault is routinely dep... ... middle of paper ... ...ure, and How Feminists Can Fight Back." Yes Means Yes! : Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World without Rape.