For my research essay I will be discussing the actual conversation of rape culture in American society. There is a long history of victim blaming, slut shaming, and siding with the accused, and I want to examine how and why things have changed- for the better and the worst.

There have been significant changes in legal terms dealing with the definition of rape and how to punish those who commit the crime, yet there is still backlash and hesitance when it comes to discussing rape and sexual assault. I want to focus on why the victims themselves have trouble with the conversation, and why they sometimes feel it is not even worth their time to seek legal justice. It is a tragedy that, even after all this time, victims of rape are still experiencing trauma even after they are assaulted.

  1. “America Has a Rape Problem – and Kate Harding Wants to Fix it”

This article is an interview with Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – and What We Can Do About It. It focuses on what rape culture is and why it is so prevalent in today’s society, as well as key points Harding makes in her book.

This article will help me to discover the specifics of rape culture and why it makes up the most of our environment. The author’s opinion represents a larger voice that will help me understand the victim’s side, as well as how many perpetrators’ mindsets are created.

  1. “A Guy Talks About Rape From A Man’s Perspective. (And It’s Not What You Think, Either).”

This video is a monologue that is an example of a male’s view of rape. It discusses the stereotypes men face when they experience rape and how it differs from those that women go through. Although they are different, it is clear that the experience is just as horrible for men.

This video explains a different understanding of rape that will support my claim that victims experience trauma even after they are assaulted. This recount of a rape and the hardship faced (although the subject was acting) will help me explain what victims actually go through.

  1. “The Trouble With Teaching Rape Law”

This article provides an example of how sensitive the discussion of rape has become. When discussing rape in a classroom, this author has been told that he should be more considerate to people’s emotional boundaries and triggers. He finds this an issue because rape is a discussion that must be had.

This article will be helpful in supporting my argument that rape has become a difficult conversation to have. It will help me understand why the discussion is so sensitive and may offer ideas on how to prevent people from feeling uncomfortable when involved in conversation.

  1. “Why Victims of Rape in College Don’t Report to the Police”

This article is about rape on college campuses, and the way things are handled. It talks about college administration needing a better way to handle these cases, like not blaming the victim or discouraging them from going to the police. It also provides several reasons on why some people who are raped at college do not go to the police.

Information from this article will be helpful because it explains why and how victims do not report their rape. The explanations will allow me to discover why many victims are not comfortable with discussing their trauma.

  1. “Men Defining Rape: A History”

This article is about the history of rape culture. It explains what rape was defined as and how it was dealt with in previous times, and there are some comparisons to the some ideals today.

I am going to use information from this article for referencing the history of rape culture. The examples from the article will be used as evidence that rape culture is created, learned, and passed on from generation to generation, which supports the argument that even though things can change for the better, there are still some setbacks.

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2 Responses to Proposal+5—sixfortyfive645

  1. sixfortyfive645 says:

    Rape culture is perpetrated by everyone. Females, males, mothers, fathers, students, teachers. It’s not their fault, it’s just the way of life in America. Rape culture has been integrated into our environment for so long that it has become a way of thinking. Now, the unpopular opinion or way of thinking is to go against this culture, or to be a prude. Because rape culture is ingrained in our minds, everyone is at risk of succumbing to its’ pressures and ideals, especially males. As Kate Harding explains in an interview with Rolling Stone, “American boys are all growing up in the same rape culture, so they’re growing up with this incredible sense of entitlement to women’s bodies.” By revealing this idea, Harding begins the discussion on rape culture and its’ roots, allowing others to form opinions from it, which is the whole point of a discussion. The creation of the conversation of rape culture is important to improving ideals, protecting victims’ rights, and preventing people from becoming rapists. This conversation is one that must be had, but there are obstacles. Some people do not want to talk about it. There are several reasons for this, whether it be that someone doesn’t think a rape culture exists, or they are too uptight to talk about it. The uptightness, however, may stem from being actually being a victim of rape culture. This sparks the counterintuitive point of the rape culture conversation; those who would be able to contribute experience and points to the discussion are most often found to be apprehensive to talk, in fear of experiencing the trauma all over again.


  2. sixfortyfive645 says:

    Rape culture consists of many things. It’s getting cat-called while walking to work in the morning, or for wearing a certain type of clothing. It’s the model in a magazine with her legs spread open. It’s the misogynistic chants shouted by members of a fraternity. It’s blaming the victim and not the perpetrator. Some of these characteristics are recent, thanks to modern inventions, systems and technology. The blame game, however, is nothing new. The idea that the victim of sexual assault or rape “wanted it” has been the justification provided for perpetrators for a very long time. There have been legal reforms to insure the offender faces necessary consequences. Yet, as a society, we are quick to make excuses for them, thus adding to the rape culture. The question that must be confronted is: how can we prevent contributions to rape culture? The confrontation itself is the answer. Facing the facts is the first step in reforming the flaws ingrained in our culture.


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