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Rape Culture Essay

1292 words - 6 pages

When you are a senior is high school your main focuses are finishing your college applications and if your a girl of course prom, you don't realize you are a year away from entering college and the world of "rape culture". It is said that rape culture exists because we don't believe it does. Rape culture is defined as "an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture." We already have an idea that in colleges where sports is glorified that some professors will allow athletes to get away with numerous things from cheating to missing numerous classes but fraternity events can be high risk for rape. First I will summarize "Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?" written by A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Space. Then I will use information from my criminology class to better define violent crime . Lastly, I will explain rape on campuses is not a cultural component. Colleges should hold clubs such as fraternities and sports to the same level than others and be harshly punished for crimes they commit so they don't feel more superior and think they can get away with rape.
"Some have argued that fraternities are places where rape is likely to occur on college campuses and that the students most likely to accept rape mouths and be more sexually aggressive are more likely to live in fraternities and sororities, consume higher doses of alcohol and drugs, and place higher value on social life at college." according to the article "Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous places for Women?" written by A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade. The article defines rape culture as a set of values and beliefs that provide an environment conductive to rape. Men are seen to be more aggressive and dominant and women are seen as more passive and submissive. The article is more based on the setting where rape usually occurs and high risk fraternities vs. low risk fraternities. In our society those in power chooses what we would consider to be a " social norm" and have more authority, this is what criminologist consider conflict theory. In the results high risk houses had equally as much men as there was women, men also treated women with little to no respect, the environment was much more aggressive with loud music that made it hard for people to communicate. The men felt that they needed to "hook up" so because of all the peer pressure they pressured women into having intercourse with them and treated them negatively in the process. In parties at the low risk houses the women were treated with respect and the atmosphere of the environment was opposite of how the high risk houses were. The men who didn't take the rape culture seriously were usually the ones who participated in the rape culture.
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