The historical treatment of rape charges often stemmed from men's extreme distrust of women when the alleged perpetrator was white (Wriggins). According to Encyclopedia Britannica Rape is the act of sexual intercourse with an individual without his or her consent, through force or the threat of force. In many jurisdictions, the crime of rape has been subsumed under that of sexual assault, which also encompasses acts that fall short of intercourse. Rape was long considered to be caused by unbridled sexual desire, but it is now understood as a pathological assertion of power over a victim (“Rape”). Rape is a decision.
Others will say that they can’t explain it, but they know it when they see it. Emilie Buchwald, the author of Transforming a Rape Culture describes rape culture as “a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.” The people of a rape culture assume that violence is a fact of life when in reality it is not, and is actually the values and attitudes of a society, which are quite possible to change. Rather than teaching that people shouldn’t rape, they try to teach what to do to make it less likely that a rapist will choose you. The Marshall University Women’s Center explains that “Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.” America has objectified sex to the point where it’s more about reaching a goal of obtaining sex than it is about intimacy and emotions. According to Becky Lockwood, the associate director at a center for women, this causes people to see sex as a commodity, making them think it is okay to do whatever they deem necessary to acquire it, even if that means violence.
Oscar Chen Ms. Norton 2. May.2013 Rape Culture Rape culture has greatly influenced society and has caused women to sink in danger situations. Rape is ultimately caused by men’s urge to enjoy the power they can exert over women’s bodies. Rape not only includes sexual assaults but also serve violent and punishment for women. Rape has affected many cultures and women’s life that we cannot imagine.
For one reason or another, rapist are usually portrayed as a stranger, his motivation is entirely sexual, and the victim is always a young and sexy female. The truth is not all rapes are the same. The victim doesn't have to be a young beautiful female, older woman, men, and kids also get raped. The victims, rapists, and motivation can be very different depending on the one who is committing the crime. Date rape is a notorious and uncertain crime.
It is a known cultural difference that men usually dominate the world. There are many times when women are abused that they do not file charges against their assailants. Some of the governing assumptions that strengthen the mainstream explanation of the intimate abuse that many women face are as follows: First, men batter women because they are privileged, physically, financially, and socially; it is under the assumption in this belief that we need not understand the violence behind men’s violence beyond that point of the patriarchal explanation. Second, women stay in abusive relationships because of patriarchy. Third, the criminal justice system is sexist.
In society, when the words “sex offender” are brought up, the public usually has the same image in their mind. They usually would see this image of an older male that unceasingly tries to get with children. They public also has a stereotype for this image, that once your sex offender, you’re always a sex offender. Sex offenders are seen as among the most dangerous kinds of offender in terms of both the impact that their wrongdoing has on victims’ lives and because of concerns about their risk of reoffending. However it has recently came to question of whether this perception of dangerousness is supported.
Outline and assess feminist explanations of crime and deviance. Feminist views toward crime and deviance usually challenge the theories, concepts, methods and assumptions of most of the people already involved in the study of crime. They believe that in most condition men dominate the subject of crime and validate more on the male subject. Feminist essentially outline that most crime is caused by men as they appear to offend six or seven times more than a women and through figures such as self-report studies men are still the majority. Crime and deviance is an issue in society however due to women being socially controlled within the patriarchal society it means they are less like to commit crime and therefore have a lower rate.
Most humans have fear in speaking against something that is unjust and a violation of our dignity because it gives power to the higher authority to control. Sex trafficking has been a violation of our dignity as well because society fails to give it such importance and education. While viewing the colloquium on sex trafficking, Dr. Brian showed a short 5-minute video by Nicholas Kristoff who was a journalist by the NY Times that aired a documentary particularly about a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prosecution in Asia and then was left to be physical abused to an extent that she lost an eye. I could imagine how cruel our society can be. What hope and dignity did this girl have left at such a young age?
There are many instruments used to perpetuate male power (particularly rich, white, male power). Among the instruments used to perpetuate male dominance is male violence against females or the “privilege” of men to oppress women (Hooks 50). Among the feminist interests of U.S. ideology is termination of this violence. Living within a male-dominated system that suppresses women; can one rationalize women using murder as a counter to assault? The story of Aileen Wuornos was of specific interest to the feminist movement.
The paper focuses on the male mind and excludes any studies or discussions involving females as sexual aggressors. The article says that pornography encourages the rape of women in several ways. According to Pornography as a Cause of Rape, pornography undermines men’s inhibitions towards rape and aggressive behavior by means of classical conditioning. Men watch porn and learn how to “…rape, beat, sexually abuse, and degrade women” (p. 339) It predisposes men to rape fantasies, providing sexual appetites for forceful intercourse that were not there previous