Still Think It Doesn’t Exist?

The following are some Facebook responses to this graphic. Thank to notemily and jhameia on Tumblr for this.

This is rape culture.

As long as we tolerate this behavior, it will continue. A woman is raped in the USA every two minutes.

This is largely why.

I read a great quote yesterday. I’ll paraphrase: Many people love to say that feminists think all men are rapists, but they don’t. You know who does think all men are rapists?

Rapists.

Every time you let a comment like this slide, or laugh at these kinds of comments–or a rape joke, or make excuses that they’re just being trolls or aren’t serious or whatever-other-rape-apologia-rhetoric, you are validating rapists. You are telling the rapists that it’s okay to rape, that all men are rapists, really.

Stop accepting this behavior. Don’t excuse it. Don’t explain it.

Make it completely unacceptable. Shun friends over it. Speak up against misogyny.

Please, don’t validate rapists.

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2 Comments

Filed under Misogyny, Rape Culture

2 responses to “Still Think It Doesn’t Exist?

  1. Kate S

    What is disturbing is the amount of people with their children in their profile pic. Wonder if they would say the same thing if their child was raped.

  2. Excellent point, Kate. I wonder if they would. In my experience, people are more likely to believe when a child was raped without screaming for “proof,” of which there is never enough for their tastes, but there are still far too many who excuse child rapists, too.

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