Rape culture has also changed the meaning of “no”, which in this society can mean “maybe” or “try harder” leaving both people wondering whether consent was actually given. The miscommunications and the ideals that are being taught about rape have led to the many problems that are caused in rape culture today. Heben Nigatu, Jessica Testa, and Ryan Broderick did a good job with their argument based on the pathos, however could have given better logos than what was used in this article. The BuzzFeed staff did a nice job appealing to angry emotions to relate their audience. They did this with their explainer from Shakesville who enlightens readers that rape culture is when women have to change their habits to protect themselves from rape because it is a woman’s fault if she in fact is assaulted.
Halsey continues her poem with the her own story of sexual assault. Back in 2002, she was raped by her Mom’s friend, Sue’s, son. He offered to teach her guitar if “she just kept quiet.” Halsey’s voice is almost a whisper as she says those four words, but the power behind the words was loud. Her voice gains momentum when she delivers the line, “and the stairwell besides apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep long as I am alive, and I’m too young to know why it aches in my thighs.” The impact of those words sent shivers up the audience’s
The patriarchal society, most of the time, is one of the important reasons behind turning the women bodies into objects with having control over their bodies. However, the most arguable question is: is there a way out? Can women survive these oppressions that resulted from objectifying heir bodies? In The Handmaid’s Tale, Mayday came to Offred’s rescue, but as what she said it is an vague way out: “whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped.”
A few sociologists relate the full coordination of women into the cutting edge workforce with an increment in cases of sexual harassment. Social scientist are to a degree disparaging of normal ways to deal with managing sexual harassment - especially in the workforce. Numerous associations have made deliberate efforts to raise awareness and attention to issues related to sexual harassment, however social scientist suggest moving the center from distinguishing cases of sexual harassment to pinpointing elements that add to examples of sexual harassment with a definitive point of diminishing future events. Women 's activist lawyer Catherine MacKinnon contended for the legitimate acknowledgment of sexual harassment as sex discrimination in her 1979 book Sexual Harassment of Working Women. In the book, MacKinnon states that in view of the conventional sex parts of
To initiate, the implementation of gender equality laws will help conclude unequal treatment towards women and create opportunities for women to refuse unsafe work and treatments. Also, without the right to make individual choices for body, women 's prosperity, well-being, and potential in society are restricted and gender inequality is therefore perpetuated. According to the academic article, Sexual Health’s Women’s Rights, “120 million girls worldwide have experienced forced intercourse” (Ngcuka) activities against their own individual soul. Many women are suffering from forced physical and sexual violence because of the limited laws and regulations that allow women to refuse unsafe treatments and practices. According to reports, the “ 32
These women took their own experience and turned it into a way to help other victims. This documentary gives insight about how rape seriously affects its victims. One of the women, Christen Clifford, shares that the worst part about being a victim of rape was her internal conflict. She struggled with the hatred towards her
She has to follow Serena’s step by step procedure, however she also needs to listen to the laws that were made by the government. As a lower class citizen she will be severely punished, since her only job is to be a tool for sexual reproduction. Offred cannot turn her back once she is told to do something because she is part of the lower rank in Gilead. Serena’s idleness leads to her abusing her power to get what she wants.This connects back to theme because Serena joy could have told Nick herself to have sexual activities with Offred, but instead tells Offred. Furthermore, Offred does not act defensively due to her submissive personality, which allows people with power to harm her.
Kara primarily focuses on sex trafficking, and shows how the term leads to confusions since policy makers only take into account “movement” and not “exploitation” (p.4). She explicitly agrees with the fact that “trafficking is not about movement it’s about slavery” (p.4) but she however fails to acknowledge how some girls in this situation gave their consent, knowing the implications, to make ends meet. To fill in this gap, M. G. Grant wrote an interesting book about “the work of sex work” and her analysis complete S. Kara’s, offering another viewpoint on how women get influenced and are “stuck” in their positions not knowing that they could actually be rescued, motivated by the same outcomes echoed in K. Bales analysis: fear and
Those differences are not easily dismissed… however those differences do not condone gender discrimination in society, and certainly not in the workplace.” (Malkin, 2005) Women mostly have unequal access to health services and education, face glass ceiling at work place. Social customs that force or encourage girls into early child bearing and teenage marriages have dangerous and direct consequences for their health. There are much high levels of brutality and violence against women almost in all nations around the world. This could be among their families where it is treated a normal custom. Violence, in the span of armed conflict, is used to humiliate the rivals and also to undermine resistance and
Rape is inaccurately associated with sex when it essentially is about power. Feminist theorists assert that rape is only one symptom of the larger problem of a male dominated society (Cahill, 2001). Rape is an obnoxious fact of life due to its common occurrence and is commonly misinterpreted as a sexual act rather than a violent one. The act of rape does not occur because the rapist can’t “get sex elsewhere, but because they feel entitled to rape women in order to satisfy their needs. In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, sex is about power, violence and oppression.
It was obviously her race that played a part in this tragic event in Hamer’s life. The numerous racial slurs that that Hamer and the other activists were subjected to made it clear that the crime was racially motivated. Her womanhood was stripped of her during this event as well. She was not given the decency of being treated like a lady because of her skin color. If Hamer was a white woman she would not have experienced Winona in the manner that she did, she would not have been subjected to that assault.
In fact, it was later discovered that the statement was a fabrication, rather than data. Therefore, although the aberrational statement caused alarm and possibly fear, it was not reliable evidence as to the actual number of homeless people in America. However, this would deem conventional wisdom since it was an easy and impactful number expressed to alarm all Americans. Finally, women’s rights activists also use conventional wisdom to gain support. According to Freakonomics, “Women’s rights advocates, for instance, have hyped the incidence of sexual assault, claiming that one in three American women will in her lifetime be a victim of rape or attempted rape.” Freakonomics discloses that the figure is actually an estimated one in eight, but “advocates know that it would take a callous person to publicly dispute their claims.” In other words, the activists exploit people’s moral and social incentives to gain importance and attention while simultaneously eliminating opposition.
The author then goes on to discuss how large the sex-offender registry is in order to support their first point that harsh penalties shouldn’t be imposed for minor crimes. The author argues that with so many people on the list it makes it hard to distinguish between people who are really threats on the list and those who are not. The second point the author argues is that sex-offender registries shouldn’t be made public because it causes sex offenders to be harassed and even fired from their jobs (“America’s Unjust Sex Laws” 655). The author suggest that the list should be held by the police who could then share it with people who need to know instead of the public having easy access to it (“America’s Unjust Sex Laws” 656). The author then explains how many teenagers have sex before they are legally allowed too and how this shouldn’t be reason to
Many themes present in this week’s assigned reading of the Handmaids Tale exist in our contemporary society. The two most intriguing scenarios that demonstrate this include the doctor forcing himself on Offred and the reaction to Janine’s fourteen year old rape story. Offred recounts her most recent doctor’s visit at the end of the fourth chapter. The doctor examines her and is friendlier than he is supposed to be, and Offred is skeptical of this from the start of the appointment. After the examination he secretly offers to “help” Offred, attempting to manipulate her into believing having sex with him will save her.
On today’s skill session on diversity and anti-oppressive practice we watched a BBC documentary titled ‘Forced Marriage Cops’. It covered how teenage girls were being forced into marriage by their parents against their wishes. There is a new legislation regarding false marriage in the UK but enforcement has been a problem. The Asian community in the UK are close knit community as seen in the documentary. A few of the girls volunteered information to the authorities, but the majority were too scared to for fear of being isolated from their community if their parents went to jail.