Emilie Buchwald, author of Transforming a Rape Culture, defines Rape Culture:
“[...]a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.
It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself.
A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change." (Women Against Violence Against Women, Accessed April 2,2014. http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/).
“ [Rape Culture is…] perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language
the objectification of women’s bodies,
and the glamorization of sexual violence,
thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety." (Marshall University http://www.marshall.edu/wcenter/sexual-assault/rape-culture/)
What does it look like everyday?
Sexualized Violence in all forms of pop culture
Sexual Harassment on the street
Victim blaming for rape and sexual assault
Acting like men are animals who cannot control themselves
Hours spent teaching women to protect themselves against rape instead of teaching men not to rape
Defining masculinity as sexually aggressive
Music videos that treat women as disposable objects
There's always more. Please check out these resources for more information on rape culture and we would love to know what you think:
25 Everyday Examples of Rape Culture