....LMB: "Rape Culture"....

February 12, 2004

What Causes Rape? Anatomy of a rape culture is a very good post over at Alas, A Blog. It looks at the three key concepts/themes/attitudes in American culture that shape men in such a way that some feel driven to rape, or that raping women (or men for that matter) is not a big deal.

I'm trying to describe the article so that it doesn't sound as though the author is exonerating men of responsibility for their actions, because he isn't. Maybe I can make an analogy that the author "blames" culture for some men committing rape in a similar way you can "blame" culture for some women becoming bulimic. The beliefs and values of the culture at large lead some people to feel that these pathological actions are both necessary and acceptable, when they're not.

And, since the Alas blog is such a debate/discussion-oriented site, you can already see plenty of discourse in the comments. Join in, or comment here, either way.

Male readers, you should definitely go read it, as I think many men like to ignore the problem and pretend it isn't there. And like the old ACT UP slogan goes, "Silence = Death".

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You might also note that some males (teenagers in particular) seem to think rape is something cool to joke about. ex: in my history class, we had to do a group project on Hamurabi's Code. We had to make up our own laws, and i heard this one guy say "i'd make rape legal. ha ha ha." And all the other guys laughed right along with him. It seemed to me he was actually being serious, he really meant rape should be legal. He certainly didn't say anything to make me think otherwise. What really got me was the fact that none of the others said anything to oppose him. They all agreed. Whether or not they REALLY agree is another story. Is it really that hard for a guy to say "no, rape is a horrible crime and you wouldn't want it to happen to you?" It really makes me doubt my faith in mankind. Really, if that guy who said rape should be legal was raped by some big fat guy named Bubba, he'd probably think twice about his cute little comment. Anyhow, i guess i'm done now.

Posted by: Piper at February 13, 2004 12:37 AM

Well, the dude said nothing about homosexual rape, so he's fair game too. Ha Ha Ha. I'm not joking.

Posted by: Eric at February 13, 2004 07:34 AM

Well, the dude said nothing about homosexual rape, so he's fair game too. Ha Ha Ha. I'm not joking.

Posted by: Eric at February 13, 2004 07:35 AM

I haven't read everything, but I will put my two cents in. Yeah, women should be loud and say no. The problem is a lot of dumb- minded guys think that a women ACTUALLY likes getting raped, u know the whole romance novel scenario of the girl struggling and then eventually gives in because she likes it so much. From what i see, Media does a horrible job helping rape victims recover
For that loser who said rape should be legal, let him go through a moment where his personal space is invaded so profoundly, then he'll realize the stupidity of his words. To him rape is a joke, but to the rest of us its something that needs to be heard, talked about and more people should be educated about rape. We don't want a society of men (an women) to end up like this rape loving dude.

Posted by: Kavita Adatia at October 29, 2004 01:58 PM

oh mite i add, look at the Kobe bryan case, the poor girl was harassed by media and such. Its a shame that media shapes most of the norms of society and the way we act

Kavita

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