My argument from the beginning is that the “culture” tag was misapplied. Â After all, New Zealand has forever been known as Rugby, Racing and Beer, not Violence, Raping and Fear.
Rape is not what we are about as a people. Â We don’t promote it, we don’t celebrate it and we don’t encourage it.
…as a sociologist, I seek understandings without fear or favour.
With that in mind, I am troubled by the use of this term â€˜rape cultureâ€™ that New Zealand is said to uphold. It seems that every second person among the privileged middle classes, and therefore many of my friends, are throwing it around as if itâ€™s a fact. Itâ€™s entering the kiwi lexicon.
Despite its sociological roots in the 1970s where it undoubtedly served an important polemical purpose, anybody using the term â€˜rape cultureâ€™ in the New Zealand context today are either unfamiliar with what culture means or are simply using it incorrectly.Â
We do not celebrate rape in art nor is it a custom or social behaviour of our society. Actually, we sanction strongly against it. New Zealand most certainly does not uphold a rape culture. Itâ€™s a misnomer that has taken on a life of its own.
Correct. Â And it has damaged all of us in the process. Â Yes, including women!
In an attempt to highlight the problems surrounding sexual abuse and rape, the aim to hype it to get attention has resulted in it becoming “true” in spite of everything to the contrary. Â Read more »