Rape Culture 101: What Is Rape Culture?

Here are my criteria for what the term “Rape Culture” refers to:

  1. memes and attitudes etc. (“culture“)
  2. that are incorrect/immoral
  3. that are related to rape, sexual assault, and consent
  4. 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.

Philosophy of Gender

I’ve looked for philosophical writings of gender topics, and been very dissapointed.

I’ve decided to go through this topic here on my blog.  I’ll try to start simple, and build from there.

For the sake of that simplicity, I will avoid using ideological jargon that the average educated citizen probably doesn’t know.  Even the word “gender” counts as such jargon, it is defined in multiple different ways by multiple different schools of thought, and many of these uses of the word would be incomprehensible to the average person.  So I’ll avoid using it, except wherever it is very useful and I think I can use it without anyone getting confused.

Today, I will limit myself to stating the following moral conclusions:

  1. Style preferences should not be opposed.  Anyone at all is entirely right to have long or short hair, wear dresses, wear a style that you find ugly, and so on.  This extends to people modifying their bodies, even if you dissagree such modifications are just “style”.
  2. Activity preferences should not be pushed into segregation.  If you would not condemn one person for taking a particular career, having a particular hobby, having a particular role in life or in the family, or behaving a certain way, then you should not discourage a person who is different from doing those activities.

A system that may work when abusers aren’t yet at the threshold to be charged for major crimes:

The system works in no small part because it turns the logic of an abusive relationship on its head. The abuser works by making the victim feel like she will never be free of him, his violence, and his surveillance. If she tries to leave, he escalates. If she gets a new boyfriend, he escalates. The idea is to make her feel like her choices are to submit or to live in terror. The high-risk teams shift the burden of being surveilled from the victim to the abuser. Now, if he makes a threat, Massachusetts has the power to escalate. If he uses visitation time to attack her or her children, Massachusetts restricts visitation. Now he’s the one who has to make his decisions with the understanding that someone with power can further restrict his movements and his ability to live freely. Abusers often victimize for years before taking things to the level of a serious beating or murder. By restricting movements in the early stages, it appears that the program helps keep abusers from getting to that point.