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Rape Culture Essay

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According to Marshall University, Rape Culture is defined as “an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in media and popular culture.” In American society, it is not hard to find examples of rape culture. In popular movies, music, and current events there is an undeniable notion of victim blaming, and sympathizing with male perpetrators. People have begun to use the term rape as a casual adjective. For example “I just raped him in that game,” could be used to describe two people playing a game and one winning easily against the other. American society uses pop culture and current events to promote and justify the prominent rape culture.
Robin Thicke has a popular songs called Blurred Lines which was released in mid 2013. The song spread quickly and rose straight to the top of the charts. This is where the song remained for the next ten weeks; which was the first time any single lasted that long since 2005. A majority of people had at least heard the song, if they weren’t able to sing every word of it. Many people found the song to be undeniable catchy, but not many people looked at the subtext of the lyrics. As the song remained popular for a longer period of time, people became aware of what the song lyrics were actually saying. The literal lines of the song talks about meeting a girl and not knowing if there is blurred lines because she’s a good girl. Once the lyrics were analyzed deeper, many realized that the song was not as innocent as it seemed.
During the chorus of the song, the line ‘I know you want it’ is repeated multiple times (Sociological Images.) This is a phrase that many sexual assault victims have reported that their rapists say. This is a rapists way to justify their actions and blame the victim for it happening. Another part of the chorus is “The way you grab me. Must want to get nasty.” This line takes the blame from the rapist, and puts it onto the victim. Victim-blaming is a large part of rape culture, and is one of the key ways that American society promotes it. This line is saying that the girls action in the song, is implying that she wants it even if she says otherwise. The idea that the girl wants it makes women feel that the women must always be held accountable for their actions, but that in this situation the man does not have to be. American culture teaches this value from a very young age. During early childhood if a girl acts in an unexpected way they are told that it is not “lady-like” and are put back into their “proper place” in society. On the other hand, if a boy does something rowdy or destructive people justify their actions by saying that boys will be boys. Thicke repeatedly utters the phrase “but you’re a good girl.” This phrase puts girls into the stereotype that all girls are good girls. Under this stereotype, a girl is forbidden from reciprocating the sexual advances that a man is passing on her. Therefore even if a girl is saying...

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