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Media And Date Rape With The Rise Of Feminism In The Last Few Decades, There Has Been A Newfound Sexual Freedom Among Both Men And Women. However, This Freedom Is Costly, Causing Daterape.

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Date Rape and the Media by Jennifer GreenWith the rise of feminism in the last few decades, there has been a newfound sexual freedom among both men and women. However, this freedom is costly, forcing those involved in any sexual relationship to have definite boundaries. On occasion, misread signals between two people can result in a situation known as date rape. Date rape, also referred to as acquaintance rape, can be defined as a situation where a person is subjected to unwanted sexual intercourse or oral sex. Camille Paglia's "It's a Jungle Out There" and Susan Jacoby's "Common Decency" have written their opinions on date rape. Though Paglia feels that "Rape is an outrage that cannot be tolerated in civilized society" (Paglia 538); she speaks differently to Jacoby's "Common Decency" that men should understand the word "no." A woman should not rub off a situation as if it never happened, be accused of "sexual games," or believe that feminism is the only way of erasing a date rape situation. I agree with Susan Jacoby's argument because no matter what excuses of mixed signals, a simple "no" can be the thin line between being and not being date raped.Camille Paglia believes that women have the solitude right to take care of themselves, which take awareness and self-control. She explains that "Hunt, pursuit, and capture are biologically programmed into male sexuality" (Paglia 539). With this in mind, it is the duty of a woman to take care of herself. She feels that women must be aware of male biology and to stay away from situations that may lead to date rape. With obvious situations like a college party, Paglia feels that it is an open door to a rape situation. But even with the fact that a woman is aware of the situation, why should she take extra precaution when going to a party? Even though Paglia feels that rape is a terrible thing, she takes things the old fashion way. "Every woman must take personal responsibility for her sexuality, which is nature's red flame" (Paglia 541) she says. Paglia means that no matter what, we are still capable of our own sexuality, which means accepting the consequences if there is a mistake. But, accepting the consequences is downgrading. Women should not be subject to a situation to begin with. It takes a greater force for both sexes to cooperate. While it is Paglia's view that women must be self-aware of any situation, Jacoby feels that men should have the decency to understand when "no" means "no."Mixed signals do not justify as an excuse for not knowing if it is rape. In "Common Decency" Jacoby explains: "Most date rapes do not happen because a man honestly mistakes a woman's 'no' for a 'yes' or a 'maybe.' They occur because a minority of men-an ugly minority, to be sure-can't stand to take 'no' for an answer" (Jacoby...

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