Does rape culture exist inside Western societies?

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Because my definition of rape culture is different to the way feminists have defined it, I have argued previously that we don’t have a rape culture in Western societies like New Zealand. I see rape culture as meaning a culture where rape is not thought of as being morally wrong. Rape culture to me is a culture where men are not held responsible for their violent sexual urges and women are blamed for exciting men’s lust. Rape culture is a culture where women get punished for being raped.

Rape culture is a culture where women are told to cover their bodies to prevent rape. Rape culture to me is a culture where forced marriage and child marriage are common and women do not have equality in law or in everyday life.

Feminists have a much broader and milder definition of rape culture than mine.

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If we apply the feminist definition I think a reasonable case can be made for Western society having a rape culture. Have a look at this ad for the upmarket retail store Bloomingdales. What kind of an idiot thinks that a date rape drug is romantic or funny?

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Bloomingdales rape ad

These ads glamorise gang rape!

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Now have a look at how these media outlets described a gang rape.

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The idea that the victim being drunk is somehow a mitigating circumstance is not unusual in our society.

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We also have a double standard when it comes to boys and men being raped.

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Rape culture means different things to different people.

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On one thing I am sure we can all agree: there is only one thing that causes rape.

Rapists.

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On social media rape often gets a free pass.  Remember Kim Dotcom’s rape jokes?

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