Rape Culture – What does that even mean?

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Do you usually text your mates to check they got home safely at the end of the night? How many of them walk home at night with their keys between their fingers, or screen shot the details of their uber cab driver just incase? The pervasiveness of Rape Culture is often hard to get your head around. A term describing a collective experiencing of situations where misogyny, harassment, assault, violence and rape are generally tolerated, trivialised, normalised, ignored or even joked about. This gradually influences how we feel and think about violence towards women, non-binary people and girls on a domestic and a global scale, however it’s a lack of understanding of what this all encompassing term means that can make it easier to deny its prevalence.

Media and advertising send us overriding messages about what is acceptable in everyday behaviours and situations; from the disproportionate  amount of naked women to men, catcalling as a compliment, the portrayal of women as merely serving to men’s wants or desires, the lack of female speaking characters with plot lines of their own or blaming sexual assault survivors for wearing the “wrong” clothes.

Rape culture can also be sustained by the everyday language and actions we use and experience, that perpetuate the trivialisation of systemic oppressions within our culture and society. This undermines the serious damage language can do.  Have you ever described the hacking of your Facebook account as “Frape”? Can we overlook the sketchy lyrics to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” because of it’s (annoyingly) undeniably catchy rhythm? Remember when convicted rapist Brock Turner got only 6 months jail time because “they” were worried about the effect on his promising swim career? Welcome to Rape Culture.

In opposition to this wave of pervasive misogyny is a fast moving tide of global campaigns and online movements creating unity and solidarity. Although sometimes a trigger for survivors #MeToo exposes the epidemic proportions of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, assault and harassment every single day. #TimesUp has created a legal defence fund to partner with leading advocates for equality and safety within legislation and policy from corporate boardrooms to factory floors, as well aid those in need of legal support  in pursuing actions against perpetrators. The upcoming 2018 awards season sees high profile celebrities giving up their red carpet platforms to activists and change makers instead to bring this cause to the world’s attention.

Witch-Hunt?

The backlash from those who don’t say #MeToo

Same old story

Just another “bad date”? Re-thinking the hook-up narrative.

Enthusiastic Consent

Yes means yes.

 

🖤 🤩 Who we’re loving

Tarana Burke : American civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, back in 2006, to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society.

 

 

💡 Every day’s a school day.

INTERSECTIONALITY: Paramount to (most) contemporary feminism this is a theory which considers that the various aspects of humanity, such as class, race, sexual orientation, disability and gender, do not exist separately from each other, but are complexly interwoven, and that their relationships are essential to an understanding of the human condition.  The term was coined by the American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw.

 

 

🖤 📚 What we’re reading.

Learn more about dissecting media aimed at women and the toxic messaging it purveys try Vagenda, “asking real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are”. To explore further the mainstreaming of pornography and  objectification try Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs. For an (online) magazine alternatives that aren’t filled with airbrushed celebrity limbs and won’t tell you to lose weight try the highly digestible Bust MediaStandard Issue or Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter.

 

 

🖤 🎬 What we’re watching.

Late night’s only female host continues her comedy critique of all things newsworthy with this great segment on the #MeToo movement and it’s detractors. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s Ted talk on the importance of intersectionality and Netflix’s awesome documentary on the powerhouse women’s rights lawyer and all round superhero Gloria Allred.

 

                                        🖤📱Insta-resting.

 

@girlpowersupply A daily dose of empowering visual niceties.

 

@feministfightclub Based on the bestselling book, a guide to battling workplace sexism.

 

 

 

🖤 🎧 Get on down.

Because sometimes you just gotta turn up the radio and pretend it ain’t all happenin’! Play some Lizzo loud and dance around your living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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