Here’s Where I Stand

9 Apr

Eight percent of college men have either attempted or successfully raped. Thirty percent say they would rape if they could get away with it. When the wording was changed to “force a woman to have sex,” the number jumped to 58%. Worse still, 83.5% argue that “some women look like they are just asking to be raped.”
~Margo Paine, Ph.D. (Body Wars)

83.5% argue that “some women look like they are just asking to be raped.”

This is the society you live in.  This is rape culture.  This is patriarchy.

And we just take it.

Take the violence, take the violations of rights, take the definition of beauty.

I can’t decide if the fact that women aren’t running through DC with machetes is a testamant to the strength of our characters or the effectiveness of the ‘boys will be boys’ rape culture that normalizes this behavior and throws the blame back on the women.

The problem is that it’s not just in Washington.  It’s on the cover of Cosmo telling you to get implants which will mean some loss of sensitivity in your breasts, but will make your hubby really happy.

It’s in comic books which tell your little brother that women only exist to further his plot line in life.

So it’s no wonder that men see women and assume they only exist to play a role in his life.  To be sex for him.

Or to be a vehicle for his baby.  And that their dreams and goals don’t matter as much as his.

So don’t just blame the old white male farts in Washington.  It’s not like they invented patriarchy.  They’re just enjoying making as much money off it as they can no matter who gets hurt in the process.

So my question is:

Where do you stand?

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