Rape is a common crime in which the public will come up with reasons why it happened. They don’t believe that the assailant chose to do what they did. Rather that the victim “asked for it” or “provoked the assailant”. The female body can often be viewed as a weapon, as explained in Men on Rape page 20. Their appearance can strike, knockout, or kill a man. Yet in many aspects of society women are objectified.
Objectifying women’s bodies are making them more of an object than a human being. Objectification is a factor in rape, and have become a problem in society today. “Our society as a “rape culture” where violence against women is so normal, it’s almost invisible. Films, magazines, fashion, books, music, [and] humor.” (It’s Time to End) Society chooses what women’s appearance in society means.
Many people arguments are that “she asked for it” because of the way she dressed. In a way they are saying that clothing deems whether a person should get raped or not. Yet society encourages women to dress this way, just look at Halloween costumes. In fact the way a women dresses has nothing to do with the rape. If an artist is painting a nude women, it does give him the right to rape her just because she is nude. It is in fact any person who judges the women in a way that she provoked him, is wrong. The beholder can distort the beauty of a women’s body for his or her own personal pleasure.
Women are objectified and often catcalled, and often looked at as a quest. As Lane from twitter puts it “when are dudes gonna get that when you make jokes that reinforce rape culture, we know it’s ’cause you don’t have real material. We see you.” Even with this call for a stand against rape, it ultimately calls society to change the view and demeanor of women.
This can relates greatly to colleges, “girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape [or] attempted rape.”(RAINN) With the objectification of women, men seeking pleasure, alcohol, and the lack of knowledge of rape women who go to college blind and very much in risk. “Humphrey and White (2000) found that… young women [are] most vulnerable during late adolescence. In fact, sexual assault prevention advocates often hold the first year of college to be a particularly high risk period for young women.” (College Women’s Rape Awareness) Even though colleges do this, it does not educate women on rape. How are women supposed to prevent rape, if they don’t know what it is? The lack of knowledge on rape causes more harm and can hurt women more than colleges think.
“The threat of rape makes women more dependent on men (or other women)” (Men on Rape page 4), but how are the women supposed to know if the person they are depending on is the right person to depend on? This is just one of the things that colleges should be educating women on.
Beneke, Timothy. Men on Rape: What they have to say about sexual assault. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1982. Print.
Hertzog, Jodie and Yeilding, Rosemary. “College Women’s Rape Awareness and Use of Commonly Advocated Risk Reduction Strategies.” College Student Journal 43.1 (2009): 59-73. PDF.
“It’s Time to End “Rape Culture” Hysteria.” TIME. Outbrain, Kitchens, Caroline. 20 March, 2014.
Moore, Lane (hellolanemoore). “When are dudes gonna get that when you make jokes that reinforce rape culture, we know it’s ‘cause you don’t have real material. We see you.” 26 Nov. 2014, 6:51 p.m. Tweet.
“Who are the Victims?” RAINN. National Sexual Assault Hotline, n.d. 2009.