Fri, 01/11/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Ending the culture of rape takes everyone.
What is rape culture? Look around you; we are immersed in it.
Rape culture tells women not to walk alone at night. Rape culture asks if a woman who has survived rape was intoxicated, or if she'd gone on a date or had a relationship with the rapist.
Rape culture asks if the woman fought back, or judges her if she did, or if she didn't.
Rape culture tells us to teach women self defense as a way to stop rape. It does not tell us that men need to talk with men to recognize what rape is, and to stop it.
Rape culture enforces patriarchy by underscoring traditional gender roles, and invoking rape as a punishment if she steps too far out of line.