Sex Violence And Sexual Violence Essay

1457 Words May 11th, 2016 null Page
Through hierarchical standing and expectation for men to be dominant and superior, institutional pressures placed on men by media and schools to follow unobtainable masculine standards, and male privilege which constantly favors men and male gender performance, our society breads and conceals men’s sexual violence against women. These hierarchies, institutions, and privileges not only perpetuate the cycle of men’s violence against women, but also continue to mask men’s overwhelming contribution to the issue of sexual violence against women.
Hierarchies of difference play a pivotal role in how our society and media reacts to sexual violence. Jackson Katz, in his documentary Tough Guise 2, focuses on how the dominant group in these hierarchies of difference often stay unmentioned when the issue of sexual violence is discussed. Kats asserts that “in each case, the dominant group- white people, heterosexual people, men- don’t get examined” (Tough Guise 2). Although a vast majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by men, particularly white men, sexual violence remains a women’s issue that is committed by a genderless entity. Men, being the advantaged hierarchical group, commit 98% of the sexual violence in the US, but our society titles the issue “violence against women.” For anyone that wants to end sexual violence against women, this fact holds importance in finding the source of the problem. I, like Jackson Katz, argue that the hierarchical advantage given to men by…

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