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Rape Culture, Discrimination, & Bias


Intersectionality is a concept used by activists and scholars to describe ways in which discrimination and “isms” (racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.) and “phobias” (transphobia, homophobia, etc.) are interconnected. While the concept began as a way to describe sexism, today it applies to many intersections of group membership.

In the case of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or another form of sexual misconduct, another dimension of one’s identity (e.g. race or sexual orientation) may also be the subject of an attack.

Cornell has many identity-based resources to assist members of Cornell’s community.

Resisting Rape Culture

The term “rape culture” refers to all things that allow rape to seem normal and that prevent survivors from being able to speak up about their personal experiences of rape, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence and harassment. Rape culture is silencing. In a rape culture, people are bombarded daily with images, language, and other everyday phenomena that validate and perpetuate rape. Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, words and imagery that make sexual violence and sexual coercion seem so normal that people may even come to believe rape is inevitable. Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think about the persistence of rape as a natural or inevitable act.

[via the Baltimore Fishbowl]