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Posts Tagged ‘rape culture’

Victim Blaming

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 14 July 2010

This post could potentially be very controversial, but it needs to be said.  I must insist that if you choose to criticize my stance here to please read this post through very thoroughly.  One’s position on this topic is very easy to misinterpret and no discussion can occur without one made in good faith.

It seems that, particularly in feminist circles, any hint of blaming the victim or suggesting that a victim bears some responsibility for not preventing his or her (mostly her) own victimization is one of the more reprehensible and appalling things one can do, short of being the victimizer.  Indeed, this makes sense – I did write about how, in feminist theory, such attitudes foster an environment in which such crimes may occur more frequently.  In this light, it’s easy to see why individuals who put some blame on a victim, or question a victim’s actions that put him or herself in a position to be victimized are vilified; it’s all a part of the bigger picture to stop such things.

Much of it also comes from simple disgust over giving somebody who’s already violated and hurt an even harder time, especially if they believe the criticizer appears to not fully understand the situation.  It’s all a lot easier said than done.  Hindsight is a bitch.  The victim surely has all of this running through his or her head over and over to the point of a burning exhaustion, are pointing out such things helpful or productive in the slightest? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Rape, Safety | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

The Distortion that is Rape Culture

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 30 June 2010

This joke is an example of rape culture.

In my last post, I said I was going to get around to talking about rape culture, and indeed, this isn’t the first time it was brought up.  Rape culture is no simple matter; it’s complicated to the point where I cannot easily discuss it without devoting an entire post to it.  Thus it is time that I addressed it.

Finally Feminism 101 has a post regarding rape culture.  The definition they provide, which comes from the book Transformation a Rape Culture, is as follows:

“A rape culture is a complex of beliefs that encourages 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 as death or taxes. This violence, however, is neither biologically nor divinely ordained. Much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Theory, Domestic Violence, Rape | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

The Rapist Checklist

Posted by Curt on Monday, 21 June 2010

You may have heard of it.  Some time ago, someone apparently sat down and compiled a checklist of things which they considered makes one a rapist.  It is often associated with feminists, but I think it’s more of a strawman than anything.  If you google it, its entry in Encyclopedia Dramatica is among the first to come up, which does call its validity into question (UPDATE: Daran from Feministcritics.org pointed out that the list originated from a feminist with the pseudonym Biting Beaver).  It may have been something a person legitimately believed (indeed, some out there do believe that each point, or almost all points, on the checklist is more or less rape) but perceived as so ridiculous by others that it got its own entry in there.  It’s hard to say.  The point is, realize that this is not something all feminists (or even most feminists) may necessarily agree with, and I don’t want to leave anybody with the implication that it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Rape | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »