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THE RAPE CULTURE Recently I was asked to write about a cultural icon that is something in our society that has become a constant or standard Fraternities Supermodels Drugs Hollywood Gangs the choices seemed endless Yet among these artifacts one seems to have come from the operation of the others Rape Culture This term has been used in the feminist circles for many years and I think it aptly describes the combination of several mechanisms of American society Rape is acceptable today It is okay to rape Sound shocking Why should it We have an entire culture dedicated to suppressing accurate knowledge of rape and sexual violence It has become acceptable because Rape Culture desensitizes people to the issue of rape in American society The subject of rape is one that causes many people uneasiness and for those who have been victimized a lifetime of scarred suffering Rape Culture is present in news media television movies the music we listen to and videos that go with it To understand Rape Culture and its effects on society we must first take a look at the things that contribute to its existence Objectification the treatment of human beings as commodities is the foundation of Rape Culture Objectification involves placing supreme importance on individual physical attributes of people while discounting or ignoring other elements of their identities When a women is objectified she become a commodity something to be bartered bought traded and sold in a sexual marketplace Turn on MTV and see the ways in which women are portrayed in music videos cameras consume women as they approach them from angles close to the floor to watch their legs and take the viewer under their skirts or overhead to get a good look at their cleavage Shots of women are flashed at random those shots may have nothing to do with the subject of the video or with the song being played Women become objects
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