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Tag: rape culture

The Witch Trials of Title IX

Recently, we have heard of of new guidelines for the implementation of Title IX.  There appear to be quite a few new changes, and I can’t speak to all of them. Some of them might be positive.  But there is one I definitely cannot support–the suggestion that an accused student should be able to cross-examine…
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What we can learn from Native Americans about feminism and rape culture

The White Woman’s Envy History is written by the victors…and victors don’t like to laud the praises of the people they’ve crushed. As descendants of Western colonizers, we tend to think of early Native people as uncivilized, savage, half-naked, backward — these harmful and pejorative words still permeate some mindsets. But November is Native American…
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Consent matters and so does teaching it

Why do we have to teach consent? Because for a decent portion of the population, consent is a ridiculously foreign concept; while others may dismiss the notion of consent education as being “plain common sense”, it is a waste of resources to teach it explicitly. There can also be a concern for parents about the…
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Rape culture exists, whether you see it or not

“I don’t believe in rape culture.” That’s what someone said to me over the weekend. These words weren’t spoken out of malice, but during a conversation where we attempted to understand one another. And I started to wonder how many people “don’t believe,” either. Rape culture is like science. You don’t have to believe in…
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Let’s talk about shark attacks and the false rape myth

Do you know the odds of being attacked by a shark? They’re around 1 in 4 million — but you wouldn’t know that when the occasional shark attack does pop up. Suddenly, everywhere you look, the news is talking about shark attacks. This creates a cognitive bias that makes us think that shark attacks are…
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When Purity Culture Feeds Rape Culture

In a previous post, we discussed some of the ways that small, Christian colleges might propagate purity culture. In this post we will discuss how rape culture can grow (like a parasite) and thrive on such a campus. The “Prize” of Purity If purity culture holds up virginity as a good to be prized and…
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Purity Culture & Christian Colleges

You have probably heard the phrase “purity culture” at some point, usually alongside criticism of its psychological effects, and with regard to its inequalities. Maybe the concept of purity culture is something you associate with fundamentalists, purity rings, teenage promise pledges and “purity balls”. But purity culture is not limited to cults and fundamentalist sects.…
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