It’s 2014, but unfortunately, rape culture is still something we have to deal with. What is rape culture? To put it simply, it’s basically attitudes or practices that (consciously or not) try to normalize, excuse, trivialize, and/or ignore the seriousness of rape. For example, it’s like when a girl gets raped, and people focus on what she was wearing – as if it were her fault, and if she were wearing something different, she wouldn’t have been raped. Another example is the Steubenville case, where what seemed like an entire town went against a girl who claimed she was raped because her attackers were prominent football players.
Whether you want to believe it or not, rape culture is a very real thing that exists. A lot of people still don’t exactly understand what it is though, so luckily, Twitter is here to help us out. #RapeCultureIsWhen has been trending on Twitter, which is surprising, since a lot of trending hashtags are silly. However, this one proves to be serious and educational, and is a reminder to us all that rape culture is indeed something we need to worry about. Here are 20 tweets from #RapeCultureIsWhen that we all need to read:
#RapeCultureIsWhen ppl get tired of hearing about rape culture. Pretty sure ppl are 'tired' of getting raped too tbh
— Indigo (@RisingSci) March 26, 2014
If you say you’re tired of hearing about it – you’re the problem.
— Jackie Wiersma (@uarkprof) March 26, 2014
#rapecultureiswhen you feel you have to justify what you were wearing because society tells you that's what was to blame. It wasn't/isn't.
— Helen (@helen_a13) March 26, 2014
— John Heflin (@jch6289) March 26, 2014
Blaming rape on hormones is never acceptable.
— Lauren LB Bernstein (@LBWellExcel) March 26, 2014
Sexual violence should NEVER be considered inevitable, no matter what the circumstances are.
— hera (@allyson_edward) March 26, 2014
Saying the girl was drunk doesn’t excuse your horrible actions.
#rapecultureiswhen Blurred Lines is the song with the largest radio audience of all time.
— JRehling (@JRehling) March 25, 2014
It’s a bad sign when that was our song of last summer.
#rapecultureiswhen girls are taught to wear less revealing clothing instead of teaching boys what "no" means
— (@omfg_ari) March 25, 2014
Exactly. Why do girls need to be taught to do things differently? Why can’t men be taught not to rape?
#rapecultureiswhen schools enact dress codes aimed at girls but don't address sexually aggressive behaviors boys exhibit towards girls
— Ari Burton (@atypewritersing) March 25, 2014
Example: how leggings are being banned in schools all over the country. Again, why are girls taught to do things differently but boys are not?
#rapecultureiswhen college kids use sayings like "I raped that exam." Or "I just raped you on the court" as excepted slang.
— Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk) March 25, 2014
Casually using the word “rape” may seem harmless, but it’s not. It trivializes something extremely serious.
#rapecultureiswhen respected institutions like the Catholic church have a child rape epidemic involving 1000s and they completely ignore it.
— Laci Green (@gogreen18) March 25, 2014
How many of you have heard priest/rape jokes? It’s not a joke. At all.
#rapecultureiswhen a female student's clothes or past sexual history are brought up in sexual assault-related college disciplinary hearings
— SAFER Campus (@safercampus) March 25, 2014
It doesn’t matter what her history is – she shouldn’t have been raped.
#rapecultureiswhen it's generally accepted that men have no impulse control or moral code when it comes to sexual desire.
— Ms.Fit Mag (@MsFitMag) March 25, 2014
WHY is it so accepted? Oh, because rape culture.
#Rapecultureiswhen we're told we're overreacting to cat calls or people who are otherwise "just being friendly."
— freddie (@silverspeakers) March 25, 2014
If you feel uncomfortable, you’re not overreacting.
#rapecultureiswhen 50 teenagers saw what was happening in Steubenville and chose to do nothing.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 25, 2014
That sad and disturbing case is a prime example of rape culture, which is exactly why it was given so much attention.
#rapecultureiswhen rapists are likely to graduate on-time with their college class, but victims are likely to drop out, delay or transfer.
— Jaclyn Friedman (@jaclynf) March 25, 2014
That’s just sad.
#RapeCultureIsWhen men assume women are "dressing for them."
— Nefarious Newt (@NefariousNewt) March 25, 2014
#rapecultureiswhen a young woman publicly discusses being sexually assaulted for the first time and is met with hostility
— Beth Lalonde (@silkspectres) March 25, 2014
I am continuously disgusted by some of the reactions to rape victims.
— Provocative Liberal (@provocativelib) March 26, 2014
Disgusting. No other words.
— Caitlin Roper (@caitlin_roper) March 26, 2014
It’s sad that there are people in this world who find that funny.
What are your thoughts on rape culture? Which of these tweets do you think is the best? Tell me in the comments.