Rape Culture And Sexual Violence Essay

1290 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 null Page
In the very beginning of this course, we learned about “rapeculture.” In the preamble of Transforming a Rape Culture we learned a clear definition of what rape culture means, the authors state that: rape culture is a culture in which violence is seen as sexy and sexuality is seen as violent. In addition to this definition, the rest of the readings and the film The Hunting Ground went on to explain that our culture not only allows for rape, we somewhat encourage it by neither teaching about it so it can be prevented, not punishing all those who participate in it. I remember it clearly when the “yes means yes” law was passed last year, and how all my friends joked about it, but I have always been the most aware of what is okay and what is not. A lot of people believe that there are circumstances where rape is okay, and the reason for that is the society we live in. What shocked me the most about the way we treat rape in the United States was not the statistics we received in the reading, but the stories we heard about in the film. The fact that we are all college students, and The Hunting Ground talked about people who fit our descriptions really hit home. Immediately after watching the film I had my friends watch it, and be more aware of what is happening on campus, and even after we leave college. It is crazy to think that any of my guy friends would think like the guys in the film who believe that having sex with a girl after she says no is okay, or that if…

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