Monday, April 03, 2006

MARC's Stance on "Rape Culture"

"Rape culture" is a term used to denote a culture in which rape and other sexual violence is common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media condone, normalize, excuse, or encourage rape or other violence against women. Within the paradigm, such a thing as "trivial" or "harmless" sexism does not exist; for instance, telling a sexist joke is interpreted as fostering a misogynistic disrespect for women and an accompanying disregard for their well-being, which can ultimately make rape seem acceptable.

We seek to expand this definition in an effort to capture the intersections of multiple identities and experiences.