As you know, I like to and would like to continue combining my artwork with social and global issues and to use art as a platform to speak out about certain social issues. And as you know, one of the issues most close to my heart is human trafficking.
Rape Culture is one of the very reasons human trafficking, modern day slavery, and hate crimes against women (and men) exist.
This article from Marshall University gives a great definition of what rape culture is, lists signs and examples to identify a rape culture, and suggests ways to combat the existence of rape culture.
The United States, like many other countries in the world, also has a rape culture. I encourage everyone to read this short article to learn more about the wrongs of the culture we live in and how we collectively and individually can work to change it.
The article copied and pasted in its entirety:
What is the “Rape Culture?”
Examples of Rape Culture:
- Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”)
- Trivializing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”)
- Sexually explicit jokes
- Tolerance of sexual harassment
- Inflating false rape report statistics
- Publicly scrutinizing a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and history
- Gratuitous gendered violence in movies and television
- Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive
- Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive
- Pressure on men to “score”
- Pressure on women to not appear “cold”
- Assuming only promiscuous women get raped
- Assuming that men don’t get raped or that only “weak” men get raped
- Refusing to take rape accusations seriously
- Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape
How can men and women combat Rape Culture?
- Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women
- Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivializing rape
- If a friend says she has been raped, take her seriously and be supportive
- Think critically about the media’s messages about women, men, relationships, and violence
- Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations
- Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent
- Define your own manhood or womanhood. Do not let stereotypes shape your actions.
- Get involved! Join a student or community group working to end violence against women.