Rape Culture: It Does Exist

Today I was browsing through Facebook, and I stumbled upon an article that my friend shared from Time Magazine. The title? “It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria.”

That in itself is frightening. Even the idea that we should end the hysteria over Rape Culture is terrifying. The entire article was appalling, which is why I made such an effort to get to my laptop so I could type this out correctly. In the first paragraph, I found myself insulted and appalled.

“Recently, rape-culture theory has migrated from the lonely corners of the feminist blogosphere into the mainstream.”

Excuse me? Lonely corners? Are you trying to make feminist into a bad thing? If so then already your entire article is invalid.

“Though rape is certainly a serious problem, there’s no evidence that it’s considered a cultural norm. Twenty-first century America does not have a rape culture.”

Okay, the article is invalid anyways. I’m sorry, but no evidence that it’s considered a cultural norm? Lemme pull up my statistics.

1 out of 6 women have been the victim of attempted or completed rape in America.

17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

Women aren’t the only ones who get raped either, about 3% of American males have been a victim of attempted or completed rape.

(RAINN)

People are getting raped. The numbers are too high for anyone to say there isn’t a Rape Culture.

If that still doesn’t convince you about the obvious Rape Culture in America, then maybe a couple examples.

1. It’s actually normal for kids/teens to say things like “I raped that test” or that “I raped them in that soccer game.”

All this means is that they won easily, but they’re making light of a terrible situation. Not okay.

2. People make rape jokes

It’s a horrendous crime, yet people find it acceptable to make rape jokes. It’s not something to joke about, just like suicide and cutter jokes aren’t funny either.

Just stop.

3. Victim blaming

Victim blaming is where the victim of the rapists are blamed for being rape. For example, many girls who wear tighter clothes or more revealing are told that they are “asking for it.”

4. Rape has been trivialized through the media.

Todd Atkin was arguing against abortion when he said that woman’s bodies have a way to shut down during “legitimate rapes” and will not result in pregnancies.

Hold up, so anyone who does get raped and ends up pregnant…It wasn’t a legitimate rape? No.

Not only is there no evidence of this actually being true, but this also goes back to victim blaming.

5. Boys will be boys

This is where the actions of boys tend me overlooked or minimalize their behavior because “boys will be boys.”

There was one rape case where instead of focusing on the victim and how her life would be forever changed, the media focused on the boys and how their sports careers were ruined.

There’s a lot of victim blaming going on. There’s a lot of comments such as: why didn’t you fight him off? Why did you wear clothes like that? Why didn’t you just go along with it? Are you sure it was rape? Why didn’t you avoid that place? Why were you alone?

This isn’t what should be asked. It shouldn’t be pushed onto anyone that it’s their fault for getting raped. It shouldn’t be taught that we have to act a certain way to avoid being raped all the time. 

What should be being taught? Not to rape people.

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