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Archive for October, 2014

How not to talk about rape culture, as demonstrated by Q with Jian Ghomeshi

canada.com

After a series of deplorable, headline-grabbing events on university campuses, the term “rape culture” has entered the popular lexicon in Canada.

During the current academic year, we heard about chants promoting the sexual assault of underage girls at both Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the University of British Columbia. Most recently, scandal erupted at the University of Ottawa after it was revealed members of the student leadership made sexually violent comments about the student union president.

In the wake of these incidents, there’s been discussion about rape culture on Canadian campuses. Rape culture is term used to describe the societal attitudes that excuse, tolerate and dismiss sexual assault. Rape culture is blaming someone for their rape because they were drunk or wearing a short dress. It’s the assumption that men can’t be raped because they are supposedly always the sexual aggressors. It’s telling victims not to be raped…

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