I have never thought about it in this context
that’s actually really, really creepy.
I once pointed this out to my mother and she just stared at me, in stunned silence for ages.
instead of banning girls from wearing certain things how about u just ban boys from being thirsty little hoes
walk up in the club like “end rape culture, unlearn sexism, question gender, fight back”
“I raped that test in math cla–” No.
“I raped that game earli–” Stop.
“The other team totally raped us tod–” Shut the fuck up.
Do you see what you’re doing?
YOU ARE MAKING RAPE SOUND LIKE A POSITIVE ACTION.
YOU ARE EQUATING SEXUAL VIOLENCE WITH ACHIEVEMENTS.
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My dog understands the word “No,” so how are you going to tell me teenage boys don’t know the difference between rape and consent?
Major, major trigger warning if you click through to the article.
Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons • In a new op-ed/statement published by the Huffington Post on Thursday. Parsons died on Sunday night, following a suicide attempt which is believed to have been the result of extensive post-rape bullying. Be warned, while we definitely think more people should see the grieving father’s words, you won’t find an easy read behind the source link. source (via shortformblog)
That way of thinking becomes very dangerous when sexual violence is mixed in. When fat women are raped, they’re often told they should be grateful that anyone wanted them, or, alternatively, disbelieved because it doesn’t seem plausible that anyone would want them ‘enough to rape them.’ These arguments not only rely on the dangerous myth that rape is about uncontrollable sexual desire (it’s not), but also propagate the message that fat women’s bodies aren’t valuable enough to the culture for their violation to be taken seriously.
Relevant to the current discussion.
Let’s hit 30k by the end of this week!
So much respect for that.
“I believe you. I believe that you are inherently valuable, not as a character in some grotesque news cycle where your assault is all we know, but as a girl with hopes and dreams and ambitions and vulnerabilities and so much more growing up to do.”
This. Crying now.
I needed to see this, too. Thank you, Melissa Harris-Perry.
And to the Steubenville survivor,
(and all other survivors)
All of us at The New Women’s Movement believe you too. We stand with you in solidarity, and we admire and appreciate your courage and strength. You’re not alone and you are so loved.
A gang rape happened in Ohio and no one heard about it. A gang rape happened in India and everyone heard about it (as we should). The American media has represented India as a misogynistic country where women need to be constantly wary of the men that surround them. And after that gang rape, large-scale protests blocked the streets and clogged the media. Now, I am in no way saying that rape and domestic violence are not problems in India. As an Indian-American woman who has been to India many times and is incredibly familiar with the culture, I am in no way denying that. Rape, in India, is a serious problem. Rape, especially in lower class areas in India, is an extremely prevalent problem that needs to stop being ignored and taken seriously. Violence against women in India is a serious issue.
But violence against women in America is also a serious problem. Violence against women in South Africa, and Sweden, and Chile, and Thailand, is a serious problem. Violence against women is a serious problem. Period. Full stop. While our media went out representing India as a typical place for these deplorable events to happen, another woman’s similar story went ignored and without subsequent societal action. This country outright refuses to admit that it is a rape culture.
Our media and our country are so obsessed with presenting foreign countries as worse than us or uncivilized or, most importantly, undemocratic, they will blast our radios and timelines and homepages with news of rapes in India, but refuse to acknowledge that the same thing happens here and is happening here.
Anisha Ahuja, Why Does America Pretend it Doesn’t Hate Women? (Feminspire.com)
EXACTLY! I spoke about the very same thing when I wrote The “Othering” Of Evil. The desperation involved in maintaining the myth of superiority and safety here, a part of the delusion that is American exceptionalism, is why these lies continue to be proliferated. Misogyny is a global problem.