If you have ever engaged in feminist discourse you probably heard of the term “rape culture”. It was first used by feminists in the 1970s to describe an environment and a culture where rape and sexual violence are excused and normalized.
It is unfortunate that in 2018 we are still talking about ending the rape culture.
In her book Transforming a Rape Culture, Emilie Buchwald explains that “when society normalizes sexualized violence, it accepts and creates a rape culture”. The deep-seated rape culture is all around us; it’s the harassment of women you see on the streets; it’s the music you listen and dance to that glorifies sexual violence such as Robin Thicke’s “I know you want it” lyrics; it’s the objectification of women in the media that reduces them to sexual objects; it’s the blame placed on women for choosing what to wear, it’s the slut-shaming comments you hear or make and the rape jokes on social media. The list is endless. The more this misogynist culture is internalized and validated the more it is perpetuated, knowingly or unknowingly.
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Source: African Feminism (AF)