Blog Post #3 Gilman: Rape Culture

Rape culture is a concept which links rape and sexual violence to the culture of a society, and in which prevalent attitudes and practices normalize, excuse, tolerate, and even condone rape.  This “rape culture” basically gives men an excuse to rape women, that it is okay, that she wouldn’t have dressed that way or drank that much if she didn’t want to have sex.  That music and what we see on television influences men into uncontrolling sex maniacs, that it isn’t their fault that they raped someone but its society’s.  That what they see and hear in the media influences them so much that it block a normal person’s conscience in knowing what is right and wrong.

The video above is about how a newspaper journalist from the Washington Post somehow links Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance to the Steubenville rape case.  Basically the video talks about how this journalist blames Miley for potential rape cases, that it is her fault and people like her are the reason why women get raped.  Throughout the video the commentators deeply criticize this journalist who obviously believes in rape culture and how men shouldn’t have to take any blame for their actions because women are asking for it.

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2 responses to “Blog Post #3 Gilman: Rape Culture

  1. The connection that the newspaper journalist makes between Miley Cyrus and the Steubenville is just so ridiculous. One thing has nothing to do with the other and it’s sad that he is one of many who looks to “blame the victim” rather than the individual who committed the horrific act. People like him should really not be publishing in reputable newspapers.

  2. The statement Richard Cohen makes about Miley Cyrus in connection to rape is outrageous because like the spokesman mentioned how can you connect the two incidents together when Miley Cyrus performance happened two years after the rape NOT before or during the time of the rape. In my belief, a rape is a rape. It does not matter if a person was dressed inappropriately or drunk, their are no accuse to justify a rape.

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