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The Rhetoric of Rape Culture

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The Rhetoric of Rape Culture
-Jessica Valenti
"Every day, the severity, violence and criminality of what rape is -- its very definition -- is distorted in a way that makes it more difficult for survivors to come forward and for anti-violence advocates to do their work, while making the world easier for victim-blaming and for rapists themselves."
What is Rape Culture?
*A concept which links rape and sexual violence to the culture of a society, and in which prevalent attitudes and practices normalize, excuse, tolerate, and even condone rape.
So, what is "The Rhetoric of Rape Culture"?
The Rhetoric of Rape Culture is the analysis of communication that is used revolving around rape. Examples are most prominent in social media, pop culture, the news (both t.v. and published articles), and every-day communication.
So What?
By the end of this workshop, you will have a new tool. You will be able to recognize communication and how it is used to enforce and reinforce ideas in rape culture. This is a great tool to utilize for communication about any subject!
"It’s a real thing that most of us take part in or are exposed to, whether it’s the language used to describe sexual assault, victim-blaming policies in place, or
denying its very existence
. Rape culture is also all around us in pop culture and can be found in movies, television shows, and music.

Rape culture is so deeply ingrained in our society as a whole that sometimes, people don’t even know when they’re inherently perpetuating it."

-Rape Culture Exists: An Open Letter To University Of Wisconsin's David Hookstead
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