On WAVAw.ca, is it said that the term “rape culture” was first used in the 1970s by feminists in the United States. Their reason to first utilize the term was to “show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence”. Almost a half a century later, Southern Connecticut State University defines the term rape culture 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”. Forms of rape c...
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It is clear through evidence and multiple examples in the media that rape culture is a culture that is seen and done day to day everywhere. It creates a dangerous environment for both women and men alike, regardless of age. It is seen in “jokes, T.V., music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words, and imagery” and even clothing, and it is time for it to end. How can we achieve this as a society? Teach those in the society beginning at a young age to be respectful of people and personal boundaries, to not assume gender specific roles, that “no” definitely means “no” and do not try to change the person’s mind, to not victim blame, and finally that sexual assault, harassment, and rape are extremely serious crimes. Through time and a lot of hard work and effort we can fix our society together through change and ultimately, once and for all, end rape culture.
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