theradicalidea

“Rape culture is a culture in which survivors of a violent crime are expected to laugh about it because others think it’s funny”–the author of Go Forth and Agitate on tumblr

 

We hear the words all the time.  “Rape culture”.  It’s a term devised to describe the social norms that seemingly permit and perpetuate the prominence of rape and sexual assault today.  When I tell people that 1 in 5 women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime in the US, I get looks of shock.  “That can’t be,”, will be the response, or “I’m sure it’s not that high”.

Ladies and gentlemen and other genders not specified here…it is that high.

1 in 5 during her life.

1 in 4 during college.

Why is this happening in the United States?  And what does the Patriarchy have to do with it?

I swear…

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