Rape Culture Essay

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According to a study performed by the United Nations (Fulu), 70 percent of men who have sexually assaulted somebody do so because they believe that they are sexually entitled. Forty percent of those men who admitted to sexually assaulting a woman stated that they were “angry” or wanted to “punish” the victim. In this study consisting of 10,000 men from varying countries, half of them do not feel guilty. 5,000 men do not feel guilty for sexually assaulting women. 5,000 men that each felt entitled to a woman’s body and violated her privacy. Rape culture is the normalization of sexual assault within a culture because of social beliefs about sexuality, and even gender (Nicoletti). Rape culture is prevalent in Bahamian society and many people…show more content…
There are numerous definitions of rape culture. The most accurate definition of rape culture is, “a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women . . . In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture, both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable.” (Buchwald) There are many notable examples of rape culture, one being the lyrics of the popular rap song “U.O.E.N.O”, which is an acronym for “you don’t even know”. In the song rapper Rick Ross states that he “put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” For weeks the popular rapper’s lyrics were in the news and feminists around the world were in uproar over the ‘rapist-like’, sexually-insensitive lyrics. The lyrics embodied rape culture, because Ross’ lyrics made it seem morally sound to drug a woman and have sex with her without her consent. This was an international

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