Society's Normalization Of Rape Culture In Contemporary Society

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Rape culture can be defined as society 's normalization of sexual violence, assault and harassment. (Barry, 2015) Such a definition may be ridiculed as a harsh generalization of modern society as a whole. However, when one delves into the recent scandals of non-consensual sexual misconduct and alleged rape at the hands of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who acted inappropriately with female actresses for decades within full knowledge of his colleagues, it is clear that the females in question were dismissed as fantasists by their peers or Weinstein’s actions utterly trivialized as 'part and parcel ' of life in the entertainment industry. Fearful of the detriment allegations against a stalwart such as Weinstein, the women aforementioned were forced into silence until the secret, illicit activities were exposed by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. (Kantor & Twohey, 2017) Of course, the victims of sexual violence are not always female, but it is evident from the example above that gender inequality regarding sexual conduct is prevalent in contemporary society. Misogynist remarks like ‘grab them by the pussy’ by current U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential election are dismissed by the public as ‘locker-room talk.’ (Jacobs, et al., 2016) The ‘fairer’ sex are held to a higher moral standing than their male counterparts; when women come forward with complaints of sexual abuse, attitudes tend to excuse the actions of the perpetrator.

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