Rape culture is a highly contested topic often framed by sexual assault as a central focus. As result, when feminists and social justice activists attempt to have a more expansive conversation to include coercive relationships or street harassment it isn’t always received well. In some cases the conversation is labeled as divisive. Having a rape culture discussion can be already contentious, there is also a subgroup of women who lean anti-rape culture rhetoric. Rape culture requires an understanding of the normalization of violence due to the pervasiveness of sexism. As a result, exploring why women deny rape culture’s social impact is crucial to dismantling patriarchal structures that encourage and maintain matrices of oppression.
- rape culture,
- horizontal sexism,
- feminist theory,
Publication DateFall December, 2019
Citation InformationLynell Hodge. "Rape Culture.docx" (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lynell-hodge/16/