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Rape Culture

Presentation analyzing various facets of Rape Culture
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Keight Versluis

on 20 November 2014

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Rape Culture
In Fashion

By: Lauren Thompson
"We are Comics"
This is Unacceptable!
Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered nearly 2,600 signatures on an online petition supporting a formal anti-harassment policy at Comic-Con.
“Every woman I know who has any sort of online following gets harassed, and most of them get rape threats. It’s become part of doing business if you write online at all.”
"My entire career, particularly the last 5 years, has been based around the study of broadening comics readership to wider, more diverse demographics and I am damn well qualified to critique the cover of a comic book."
http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/janelle-asselin-comic-book-rape-threats

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52103
http://wearecomics.tumblr.com/
Cosplay:
:Gaming and Comics:
"Fake Geek Girls"
What if women treated men the same way that men treat them?
http://www.geeksforconsent.org/
"Fake Geek Girls"
"women got into Geek Culture for the fashion..."
allegedly women who show up at geek events, possibly while hot, with not enough geek cred for you.
http://geekfeminism.org/comment-policy/
Sexism in Comics
"This is a woman who knows her audience, even if her costume is everything wrong with the '50s dream woman (white but also black and blue and showing her breasts on demand"

Male, Geek, and Feminist
Joss Whedon's Equality Now speech
Wil Wheaton, The King of Nerds gets Nerdy...
What if male heroes were subjected to the same sexism?
When did this become okay?
In Fashion

Rape Culture

“A complex set of beliefs that encourage 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 . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change. ”
Emilie Buchwald
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/


What is rape culture?

In Fashion

Rape Culture

“A complex set of beliefs that encourage 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 . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change. ”
Emilie Buchwald
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/


What is rape culture?


http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/

http://www.warscapes.com/blog/fashion-and-rape-culture

http://www.jeankilbourne.com/about-jean/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy8yLaoWybk

http://imgarcade.com/1/fashion-rape-ads/




“A complex set of beliefs that encourage 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 . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change. ”
Emilie Buchwald
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy8yLaoWybk

Jean Kilbourne’s Ted Talk at LaFayette College

The Naked Truth – Advertising’s Image of Women


Jean began research in the 1960’s to find out the connection between advertising and violence against women. She has been a strong leader in this area of study and continues to give talks to inform both
men and women all around the country.


http://www.jeankilbourne.com/about-jean/

Rape culture has a way of seeping into fashion because photographers are always seeking ways of pushing limits…all in pursuit of their own personal fame and getting attention for their work.

Fashion photographers often do not care about the politics of their photos – rather, they photograph whatever they think will make the biggest “sensation”.

“The fashion industry resists interrogating its usage of rape culture and maintains its willingness to promote these sorts of representations.”
http://www.warscapes.com/blog/fashion-and-rape-culture


What does rape culture have to do with fashion?

In Fashion

Rape Culture



But are not limited to….

Examples Include…

“A complex set of beliefs that encourage 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 . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change. ”
Emilie Buchwald
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/


What is rape culture?

This image was titled “The Wrong Turn”








https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy8yLaoWybk

"A complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports vilence 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 vilence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself.
What is rape culture?
What does rape culture have to do with fashion?
Rape culture has a way of seeping into fashion because photographers are always seeking ways of pushing limits...all in pursuit of their own personal fame and getting attention for their work.

Fashion photographs often do not care about the politics of their photos - rather, they photograph whatever they think will make the biggest 'sensation'.

"The fashion industry resists interrogating its usage of rape culture and maintains its willingness to promote these sorts of representations."

http://www.warscapes.com/blog.fashion-and-rape-culture
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 o flife, inevitable..however...much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change".
-Emilie Buchwald

http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/

Examples Include...
But are not limited to....
"The Wrong Turn"
Not all rape culture ads are about women.
Why do we make jokes in male ads when we would never make the same joke in a female ad?
Example...
Getting Jumped In An Alley Has Never Been This Much Fun!
You don't see it and you never will!
Jean Kilbourne's Ted Talk at LaFayette College
The Naked Truth - Advertising's Image Of Women
Jean began research in the 1960's to find out the connection between advertising and violence against women. She has been a strong leader in this area of study and continues to give talks to inform both men and women all around the country.
http://www.jeankilbourne.com/about-jean/
Rape Culture
Is a very dangous thing
But what may be worse is seeing something being done and doing nothing to change it.
It is only by being informed that we are able to fight against injustices we see around us.
Now that we are all more informed, let's all do what we can eliminate rape culture in the media for women and men alike.
References
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/

http://www.warscapes.com/blog/fashion-and-rape-culture

http://www.jeankilbourne.com/about-jean/

youtube.com/watch ?v=Uy8yLaoWybk

http://imgarcade.com/1/fashion-rape-ads/
http://catrinafap.wordpress.com/2013/
03/12/blog-5-rape-culture-protest-art-and-kara-walker/

http://cgfinilla.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/2012-f-word-conference-refuse-to-do-nothing-talking-about-rape-culture/

https://womenandmediaspring2014.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/page/12/

http://www.preventconnect.org/2012/09/getting-jumped-is-fun-not/


Media Representations...
What are these pictures REALLY saying?
Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers
When Feminists write Comics...
It makes me angry. I was asked in an interview once: “You’re writing another book with a female lead, aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed?”
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads?
Half of the population is women… It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default and you have to justify any variation from it…

I think we’re seeing another wave of feminism today, a fourth wave characterized by intersectionality and the Internet. And I think it falls right in line that we would see another wave of superheroines coming to the fore. You know, girls used to read comics in huge numbers. And were driven out, I would argue, by stories that actively excluded them.
Was a pilot in the Air Force. Rank: Colonel--she outranks Captain America.

Other jobs: NASA, Homeland Security and an editor at Women’s Magazine (although I’m not sure how many of those are canon anymore).

Origin: An explosion involving the original Captain Marvel, a male kree named Mar-Vell--caused her DNA to fuse with Kree DNA.

Current abilities: flight, invulnerability, super strength and powerful energy blasts from her hands.
http://www.autostraddle.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-to-become-a-captain-marvel-fan-before-her-movie-comes-out-262295/
Kelly Sue DeConnick started writing Captain Marvel in 2012--formerly Ms. Marvel.
Dykes to watch out for...
By: Keight Versluis
Rape Culture in Comics
Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.
Rape Culture in Music
by: Brooke Turner
Let's start with an obvious one...
Even in the 'clean' version, the girls are nothing but props and the lyrics to the song are still really unsettling. This is what radios and stores choose to play for everyone to hear. What kind of message are we sending?
*Disclaimer: Music is everything in my life. I'm sorry if I get a little heated talking about how some of these people are destroying it...
1:01 - 1:44
0:12 - 1:30
0:00 - 1:08
0:00 - 1:51
Food for thought...
Shake Ya Tailfeather
I honestly don't have a problem with songs about sex. The problem occurs when the song portrays the message that women are nothing more than a sexual object made for a man's pleasure.
These fabulous ladies brought to light a lot of the problems women in country songs (and in the music industry) have.
Lil Wayne's song is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. It creates that double standard that men should be able to be with whomever they please, but a woman should be faithful to her man and give in to his every desire.
"Women are forming their sexual identity to fit the standards that men create through music."
It's not just men, though.
In conclusion...
"Music is a product, women are used to sell that product and the primary target audience for media companies are men. So, by that reasoning, female artists who assume that they have full control of their sexuality and are supposedly empowered are still being manipulated by men."
- TriniTrent, "Female Sexuality in Music: Empowered or Objectified?"
http://thelavalizard.com/2013/08/female-sexuality-in-music-empowered-or-objectified/
References


"These artists are role models to young females around the world. They respect them and want to emulate their every move. They are so enthralled by their idol that they begin to dress like them in hopes of being like them (unaware of the potential risks). Males, on the other hand, lustfully desire these singers. They place their gaze upon them and begin to objectify them. The fact that males sexualize these singers will only increase the chances of these males sexualizing these young females."
-Michael Peters, "Women, Sex, and Music"
https://suite.io/michael-peters/r202xa
"It has become appallingly obvious that the music industry will do anything to promote a female singer. Even if it means sexualizing her for the benefit of record sales."
-Michael Peters, "Women, Sex, and Music"
In many different genres, not just pop and rap as is commonly thought, women are objectified and sexualized for the pleasure of the viewer (presumably men). In music videos, they are treated like pretty props. In men's songs, they are talked about like objects of pleasure. In their own careers, they are used like a pawn because 'sex sells'. Women can't seem to escape the sexism in the music industry. Even outside that, the ideas expressed by artists perpetuate rape culture. Sometimes I wonder if artists understand just how much power their music holds...
"I know you want it"
Rape Culture in Mass Media
By: Emily Sherry
We Need to talk....

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