Really? No. It’s not. Stop.
Are you freaking kidding me…
This argument really does sicken me. We need to stop finding ways to blame victims. Looking at her clothing as evidence is just…
It just isn’t okay with me.
Rape =/= (Does Not Equal) Sex
Rape == (Equals) An Act of Violence.
Absolutely! You heard her, Warriors! Help her out!
The main thing, I think, that is wrong with rape culture is that it always, always, always blames the victim. She was out walking late, she was listening to her iPod and not aware of her surroundings, she was wearing a skirt, she was whatever whatever whatever. What this does is:
A) Takes validation away from victims and causes blame.
B) Supports rapists and excuses their behavior.
How can we fix it? I mentioned an idea a while ago that I truly stand behind. I really think that:
#1: Sex education classes need to be modified. They need to be more effective, they need to have more value. They need to support a woman’s sexuality as well as a man’s.
#2: I think, as part of a sex ed class, rape victims should be invited to tell their stories. I had never heard the story of a rape victim until I took a class on rape culture. They haunt me to this day. It’s intense, yes, but it’s necessary. This is what people need to realize that this is a violent crime. We need to fight against it and help the victims, not the rapists.
I hope this helps! These are just a few pointers but if you need more (like perhaps links and articles?) feel free to send another ask. And Warriors! Help her, por favor!!
Unfortunately, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
This is why we need the Slutwalks. This is why we need activism and protests and people to speak out. We live in a rape culture.
The story above is proof of that.
What with Hurricane Irene (yay for living in New Jersey!) and some personal drama, I am back again.
I apologize for hiatus! I hope you all still like me?