All Kinds of Wrong.
‘CNN Reports On The ‘Promising Future’ of the Steubenville Rapists, Who Are ‘Very Good Students’’
In the recent CNN interview on the tragic rape of a 16 year old girl, discussion was focused on the loss of ‘future’ for the ‘promising’ rapist football players.
They also mention how alcohol played a big part in the rape, so you know, obviously it’s not the really the rapists’ faults, right? I mean, they were shown crying in court, apologising for what they did.
Reporters keep saying over and over how the rapists’ lives are shattered – not the victim’s. The rapists. They actually manage to skip the victim out all together.
As if the ‘Uni Lad’ culture, the online ‘banter’ and ‘rape jokes’ weren’t bad enough. This just proves that female representation in the media, and the messages communicated about rape, are all wrong. Where is the voice of the victim? And where is the comprehension that rape is, actually, a voluntary crime.
Surely this is evidence that action needs to be taken. Parents need to educate their sons better. Facebook needs to do more to get rid of the ‘harmless banter’ pages that boys between the ages of 11-21 are viewing, sharing, commenting on and laughing about. Such pages like Confessions of a Uni Student, Uni Lad, and disgusting ones like ‘It’s not rape if she can’t talk’ need to be gone. It might not necessarily be a joke about rape, but uploading a sexually explicit photo with degrading comments just reinforces the view that girls are objects. I’m not saying every boy that looks at such pages would think this – but it certainly doesn’t help.
I know many people are talking about this, but I just felt I wanted to air my opinion, and that this was an interesting blog to share: http://www.laughmom.com/2013/03/i-am-so-fucking-sick-of-teaching-our-daughters-not-to-get-raped/
“Never take a drink from anyone or let your drink out of your sight. Don’t show too much cleavage. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never go to a boy’s room alone. If it comes to it, go for the eyes, the nose, the balls. Always stay with a group of girls…safety in numbers. You can’t trust him, even if he seems nice.These are all the rules I was taught growing up. Parents, teachers, media, all told me I had to be careful not to get raped. Because I was a girl. And the responsibility was on me. I’m so fucking sick of it. I don’t have daughters that have to be taught these rules. I have sons. Three sons. And instead, I will teach them what seems like a pretty basic concept that should be taught to all sons: DON’T RAPE PEOPLE!”