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Understanding Rape Culture and Gender Equity

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Lilian H

on 11 January 2014

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Transcript of Understanding Rape Culture and Gender Equity

Understanding Rape Culture
What is Rape Culture?
Media: Look at the following ads
Any thoughts?
Active Witnessing
What Do You Think?
Please write what you think the definition of
rape culture
is onto the sticky note, and when you’re done, come post the sticky note on the whiteboard.
According to Urban Dictionary..
Detail 1
Not hearing, not seeing, not feeling and not doing.
A denial or suppression of empathy towards someone who is a target of discrimination, harassment or stereotyping. This first stage denotes someone who is unaware. This is also the place where people may minimize the offensive nature of the experience(ie. it was just a joke, that person is so sensitive, political correctness).
Passive Witnessing
Hearing, seeing, feeling but not doing
This is someone who is beginning to enter into the witnessing stage. They are beginning to recognize some harmful behaviour and are responding privately, in their own head. At this stage witnessing is not accompanied by an overt behavioral response. Rather, this person is actively engaged both intellectually and emotionally but not externally.
Cultivating leadership skills that promote safe environments
Active Witnessing
Hearing, seeing, feeling and doing
This person is putting their awareness into action, are overtly responding to situation of discrimination, harassment and stereotyping and are conveying empathy and support for the targets of this hurtful behaviour. In this stage there is a move towards deliberate action to stand up and offer support.
Ethical Witnessing for Social Justice
Moving beyond hearing, seeing, feeling and doing toward social leadership
This stage builds on the active witnessing stage where individuals at this level take action at the social level for both confronting and educating others. It involves challenging institutions, starting campaigns and educating others.
Why does understanding Rape Culture matter?
What examples can you think of?
How does the media help promote rape culture?
And what other ways does the media contribute to promoting rape culture?
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.

-Transforming a Rape Culture
Have you heard this joke?

Q: If you rape a prostitute, would it count as sexual assault?
A: No, it's shoplifting!
Alexander frequently tells off-color jokes during team meetings. Lilia is very offended. She doesn't think Alexander's jokes are so funny. Alexander's behavior is not sexual harassment because his jokes are all in fun, and he does not intend to sexually harass anyone.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Share the message. Take part in sexual assault awareness month activities in January.
Attend an event! :D
Become a campaign partner.
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