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If you’ve spent any time having conversations about consent, you’ll probably have encountered the following question: ‘Is it rape if somebody has sex while drunk?’ Now, when men used to ask me this kind of question, the conversation requests I actually used to hear were, ‘I have sex with drunk people, or can imagine myself doing so; I want you to tell me that I’m not a rapist’ and/or ‘I like the pressure that alcohol allows me to put on people’s consent and I’m seeking social approval for this tactic.’
If you think a woman in a tan vinyl bra and underwear, grabbing her crotch and grinding up on a dance partner is raunchy, trashy, and offensive but you don’t think her dance partner is raunchy, trashy, or offensive as he sings a song about “blurred” lines of consent and propagating rape culture, then you may want to reevaluate your acceptance of double standards and your belief in stereotypes about how men vs. women “should” and are “allowed” to behave.
Thus far, my sorors and I have been working hard to spread the word, from our “Teal Tuesdays” (teal is the official color for the commemorative month), to sharing statistics and facts with the student body, to our whiteboard campaign. It was great to see my peers willingly join in and express themselves, as we worked to raise awareness about SAAM. :)
This is just a few of the MANY photos we have taken, posted, and shared…and from what I’ve been informed, our movement has been picked up by the Deltas and our sorors at Bethune-Cookman University, as well.
While bigots in the U.S. debate whether or not female soldiers are ready to withstand the demands of a war zone, the reality is that women in the military have been operating for years within one of the biggest war zones in the world — the US military.
For what else besides a “war zone” can one call this eminently-hostile environment, in which sexual violence and threats of abuse and death are a daily fact of life?
This is also why it is so utterly despicable when the US media uncritically parrot the narrative that the US military is the only force standing between the women of Afghanistan and the barbarian hordes waiting to rape and murder them. There is no horde of barbarians anywhere in the world more saturated in a culture of rape and murder than the US military (a point which has been made by many Afghan feminist freedom fighters).
In Vietnam, the U.S Military Command made rape ‘socially acceptable’ in fact, it was unwritten, but clear policy. When GIs were encouraged to rape Vietnamese women and girls (and they were sometimes advised to “search” women “with their penises”) a weapon of mass political terrorism was forged. Since the Vietnamese women were distinguished by their heroic contributions to their people’s liberation struggle, the military retaliation specifically suited for them was rape. While women were hardly immune to the violence inflicted on men, they were especially singled out as victims of terrorism by a sexist military force governed by the principle that was exclusively a man’s affair.
“I saw one case where a woman was shot by a sniper, one of our snipers” a GI said.
“When we got up to her she was asking for water. And the lieutenant said to kill her. So he ripped her clothes, they stabbed her in both breasts, they spread her eagle and shoved an E tool (entrenching) up her vagina. And then they took that out and used a tree limb and she was shot”
In the same way that rape was an institutionalized ingredient of aggression carried out against the Vietnamese people, designed to intimidate and terrorize the women, slave owners encouraged the terroristic use of rape to put Black women in their place. If Black women had achieved a sense of their own strength and a strong urge to resist, the violent sexual assaults —so the slaveholders might have reasoned— would remind the women of their essential and inalterable femaleness. In the male supremacist vision of the period, this meant passivity, acquiescence and weakness.
(TRIGGER WARNING) She was abducted at gunpoint and taken blindfolded to a deserted area. She was then ordered to undress partially as several men threatened to rape and kill her. Afterwards, she was told this was all a joke.
Nazira Aytbekova, a prominent television presenter in Kyrgyzstan, has brought criminal charges against tabloid journalists who abducted and threatened to kill her as a ‘practical joke’ for their newspaper.
The ‘mock abduction’ triggered a flurry of angry comments on news forum and in social media.
The most absurd thing is that had Aytbekova not raised a fuss [over the incident], the readers would have simply giggled when reading the ‘practical joke’ published in the newspaper.
Joking about murder is okay because we don’t live in a murder culture. No one thinks murder is okay. No one thinks murder is the victim’s fault. No one thinks certain forms of killing someone are not legitimate murder. The only time people blame victims of murder is when it’s a hate crime, and in that case it would not be okay to joke about it.
Rape is always a hate crime and it’s supported by rape culture, so it’s never okay to joke about it.
Reblogging because this is a perfect explanation!
never mind the explanation or anything else. i just think it’s funny that there’s an elephant in the middle of the picture for no reason
At a 2010 bill signing for a law strengthening sexual assault laws, a rape survivor named Lisa Marie Ayotte was supposed to introduce the president, but she broke down at the podium and grew too emotional to speak. Obama strode out before his cue, placed a reassuring hand on her back and stood with her as she haltingly finished her story of being beaten and raped as her two little girls hid. Amid the crush of the presidency, the event drew little attention.