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Rape Culture: 20 More Signs

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Rape culture is the "don't drink because you could end up in a bad situation" lecture being given to women who are the victims of crimes, not the men who commit them.


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Rape culture is talking about rape and having someone say, "Yeah, it's happened to everyone you know."

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Rape culture is not having a discussion about pornography comprising 30 percent of Internet traffic.

Rape culture is rarely talking about how to improve many video games that objectify females, despite significant research by gamers like Anita Sarkeesian.

Rape culture is gamers threatening those critics with rape and feminists with killing because, you know, the dehumanization of women in video games has no affect on them.

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Rape culture is having porn actor Gemma Massey saying in her BBC Three documentary, "Porn: What's the Harm?", that the thought of 11-year-old boys watching her films as "quite disturbing", adding "I think people need to understand it's not real [sex]. It's not how I would have sex at home at all."

Rape culture is not talking about how pornography is causing erectile dysfunction in young men and changing their sexual preferences.

Rape culture is GQ having accused rapist Kobe Bryant on the March 2015 cover, along with "Are You Man Enough for the Men's Rights Movement?" which documents men who have mostly abandoned positive masculinity (this in the same issue as a "Letter from the Editor" that celebrates acceptance of gay marriage.)

Rape culture is that GQ article including, without comment, an assertion that a woman just "wanted to be raped", men speaking furiously about the consequences they faced for harassing and assaulting females, a man discussing whether the age of consent should be 12.3 or 12, a man telling a journalist she "shouldn't put her hand on a man's knee if she doesn't want to have sex with him," and a man recounting warning his daughter who had just been raped that "if she pressed charges, he would disown her."

Rape culture is most pornography representing numerous, severe violations of affirmative consent, the behavior standard now in SUNY schools and California colleges (with lawmakers pushing for high school education).

Rape culture is GQ's "My Hardcore Obsession", which documents extreme brutal violence against women, being advertised as their most popular article during about a week in January.

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Rape culture is a huge percentage of songs played on the radio for teens and young adults involving drinking alcohol, doing drugs, or having sex inspired solely by desire.

American rape culture is "Blurred Lines" being played widely here but banned in UK colleges.

Rape culture is no national conversation about rape in TV and movie entertainment, like the pervasive rape scenes in "Game of Thrones " which include child molestation, incest, and gang rape.

Rape culture is not talking about potentially more men being victims than women because of prison conditions, despite the Prison Rape Elimination Act passing unanimously in 2003.

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