Here are my criteria for what the term “Rape Culture” refers to:
- memes and attitudes etc. (“culture“)
- that are incorrect/immoral
- that are related to rape, sexual assault, and consent
- and may contribute to problems related to rape, sexual assault, and consent
So the debate over whether Rape Culture “exists” are usually baffling to people who understand this. Obviously we can see that attitudes and memes exist for any given subject. Obviously some of them can be wrong. Obviously errors can be harmful.
What people really should be arguing about is not whether it exists, but whether a particular meme or attitude is actually correct or incorrect. That’s the part that matters.
And there’s plenty of well-informed writing on that matter. I might gather a bunch to post later.
For other examples of the “_____ Culture” terminology format, see: “ownership culture”, “blame culture”, “ask culture”, “guess culture”, etc.