You’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that we don’t live in a time where rape culture is universally present.
Rape culture is is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language (Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”) the objectification of women’s bodies (Beyonce’s scantily clad performances) and the glamorization of sexual violence (Rick Ross anyone), thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.
“Twenty-first century America does not have a rape culture; what we have is an out-of-control lobby leading the public and our educational and political leaders down the wrong path. Rape-culture theory is doing little to help victims, but its power to poison the minds of young women and lead to hostile environments for innocent males is immense.”
An out-of-control lobby leading people down the wrong path? So does this mean that supporters of rape victims who are very vocal in their activism are out-of-control and do nothing to help fight against the prevalence of rape? In fact, these activists make it worse? What?!
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the premiere anti-sexual-violence organization, explains that the trend of focusing on rape culture “has the paradoxical effect of making it harder to stop sexual violence, since it removes the focus from the individual at fault, and seemingly mitigates personal responsibility for his or her own actions.”
Political analyst and TV commentator, Zerlina Maxwell tweeted, “A quarter of ppl R victimized, so I’ll keep hyping until my job is obsolete. I also love when ppl question the existence of rape culture like it’s a unicorn and not readily apparent to those who know what it is.” This is why Maxwell spawned the hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen, which took Twitter by storm, having women from all over contributing their ideas on how society sweeps rape and behaviors that lead up to it under the rug.
Check out more of the tweets from the powerful hashtag:
RAINN seems to agree with Time on shutting down the hysteria surrounding rape culture and says that we should allow law enforcement to be the ones to combat rape, rather than fired up campus judicial boards, wives and mothers.
Why, just…why? What do you beauties think? Do we need to stop overhyping rape culture so that it can just simply go away? Let’s chat @Rhapsodani.
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TIME Magazine Thinks We Should End Rape Culture Hysteria, So A Woman Created #RapeCultureIsWhen was originally published on hellobeautiful.com