Now that we know what rape is, let’s also define rape culture. As with most things there are many definitions & opinions about how to define rape culture, but for the purpose of this blog – we will define rape culture just as how Emilie Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher and Maratha Roth did in their 1993 book “Transforming a Rape Culture” , as “a complex set of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent…. Women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself.” (Transforming a Rape Culture). As a result, rape and acts of sexual violence is often times normalized and the victims of rape are blamed for their own assault.
Barth, Melissa E. “Transforming A Rape Culture.” Magill’s Book Reviews (1993): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.