Rape culture is pervasive in our society, disproportionately affecting women. Women are sexually objectified, yet blamed for being sexually assaulted. Every 2 minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted. 9 out of 10 rape victims are women, but rape is not considered a serious issue by many. How many times have you heard “she was asking for it” or “girls shouldn’t wear this; it will distract the boys”? A woman is blamed for inviting rape when she flirts with others or dresses skimpily, when the blame should be on those who rape. All of this feeds into and is caused by the toxic rape culture.
Everyone should care about rape culture, whether it directly affects us or not. As Bell Hooks says, “Without a doubt, our collective, conscious refusal to act in any way that would make us complicit in the perpetuation of rape culture… would undermine the structure.” Attitudes toward rape and behaviors such as slut shaming and victim blaming are often taught to us by the people we observe and the media we consume. We need to speak out against rape culture. We are all responsible for our unintentional contributions to it, and we are all responsible for rejecting the rape culture mindset embedded in our society and ourselves.
Hooks, Bell. “Seduced By Violence No More.” Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations. New York: Routledge, 1994. 109-13. Print.
“Statistics.” RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. RAINN, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.