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Let’s Fight Rape Culture

“She was asking for it. Did you see what she was wearing?”

Photo by Kims Cafuro                                                                          Written by Zahnia Richardson

Photo by Kims Cafuro                                                                          Written by Zahnia Richardson

“She was asking for it. I mean, she was definitely hitting on me.”

She was wasn’t asking for it.

She never asked for it.

Our clothing does not equal our consent. It never has. It never will. A crop top and short shorts does not equal consent. A flirtatious attitude does not equal consent. Having sex with you on Friday does not equal consent to having sex with you on Tuesday. A drunk yes is not yes. The only thing that will ever equal consent, is a sober and meaningful yes. Wow, who would’ve guessed!

 

Rape culture is a culture where victims are blamed for their own assaults. It’s a culture where survivors come forward and they’re questioned about what they were drinking or what they were wearing. A culture where 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail.

 

Kesha came forward about being raped by her producer for 10 years. When she came out, was it the producers career that was put at stake? No. Kesha has been blacklisted because she was raped. She cannot make music. Her career is at stake because she spoke up. Shia LaBeouf was raped during an art performance. Or was he? Because, you know, since men always want sex, would it even be rape? Yes!

 

Men can be raped. Men do get raped. Bloomingdale’s recently made an ad. An ad promoting rape culture. “Spike your bestfriend’s eggnog when they’re not looking.” Yes, someone actually typed this and thought, “Mm, this is a great idea!”.

 

Folks, wake up and smell the rape culture! It’s in the movies that we watch, the songs that we listen to, even store ads that we look at! We need to stop overlooking this. It’s a real issue. We can’t keep on letting rapists go free. We cannot leave our survivors silenced. The truth is ugly, but by acknowledging it, we are one step closer to living in a better place.

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