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Rape Culture

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Alia Brown

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of Rape Culture

By: Alia Brown
What is "rape culture"?
My purpose
Who is affected?
Blaming rape victims
Pop Culture's role
Educating youth
What is "Rape Culture"?
Many different modern societies with very strong and obvious aspects of rape culture.
Many different interpretations of the phrase.
Presence of rape culture in American society is often denied.
Rape Culture
is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture"- Marshall University Women's Center
There are many different definitions for the phrase

rape culture.
We live in a rape culture
But thankfully there are people who set out to change the society we live in...
Rape Culture (Cont.)
Essential Question: How can Americans actively work to combat the rape of women as an acceptable occurrence?
Trigger Warning: Details of rape and sexual assault
My Purpose
To inform on the current state of our society
How we can change the thought process for the next generation.
Who is affected by
rape culture
Victims of rape may deal with rape culture in a much different way.
Victim blaming may occur as well as slut shaming
Victim blaming is placing fault or responsibility on the victim of crime and/ or transgressions.
Based on my research
1 out of 6 women are victims of rape or attempted rape

Only 89,000 rapes are reported in the United States

60% of rapes never reported
51% of boys from the ages of 11-14 thought it was alright to force himself on a female if a lot of money was spent on a date

41% of female students believed so as well
87% of boys believed rape was acceptable if the man and woman were married

Victim Blaming
Saying a woman was asking for her rape by saying it was what she was wearing or she was too drunk are components of victim blaming.
Even law enforcement officers can perpetuate rape culture
Slut Shaming
Slut Shaming as defined by feminism101 is " is the idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings"
Many adult entertainers have to deal with slut shaming
Many porn stars report being raped during scenes they've done
Prostitutes are raped as well
Pop Culture's role in Rape Culture
Rape culture is highly influenced by popular culture
Popular music has the ability to perpetuate rape culture through lyrics and music videos.
"When I arrived to the set I expected to do a vaginal girl boy scene. But during the scene with a male porn star, he forced himself anally into me and would not stop. I yelled at him to stop and screamed 'No' over and over but he would not stop. The pain became too much and I was in shock and my body went limp."
- Corina Taylor
1 in 5 girls are the victims of sexual assault
1 in 20 boys are the victims of sexual assault
Many artists are guilty of demeaning or ofeensive lyrics towards women that describe sexual assault.
"Sit down beside her like a spider, hi there girl, you mighta
Heard of me before, see whore, you're the kind of girl that I'd assault
And rape. then figure why not try not to make your p*ssy wider?
F*ck you with an umbrella, then open it up while the sh*t's inside ya
I'm the kinda guy that's mild but I might flip and get a little bit wilder"

- Stay Wide Awake
by Eminem
"Rape a pregnant b*tch tell my friends I had a threesome"
- Tron Cat
"Gorgeous, baby, you’re gorgeous. I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest and fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you."

- She
"Put Molly all in the champagne. She ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain't even know it."
by Tyler, The Creator
by Tyler, The Creator
Advertisements have a major role in rape culture with it's ability to subtly perpetuate it through visuals.
Advertisements that are supposed to sell products instead depict sexual violence
Recently anti-rape organizations have created ads to oppose the negative advertisements.
The News
The Steubenville Rape Case Coverage
Educating The Youth
Do not associate the phrase "boys will be boys" to instances of rape and sexual assault.
The phrase equates to misogyny and using it as an excuse for when they have done wrong encourages misogynistic ideals.
- rainn.org
Do not excuse rape under any circumstance
Do not blame rape victims
Educate children about sexual assault
Remove misogynistic ideals that perpetuate rape culture
Thank You For Watching
A spoof Victoria's Secret line was created to promote awareness of sexual assault on college campuses
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