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House of Other | Exploring Rape Culture

Ep #9

Exploring Rape Culture

Did you know that Woodstock ’99 festival is not only known for its toxic masculinity but that the legacy it left behind was sexual assault? This was a generation of boys that had been, for the first time, raised by single women and feminists, and yet the blame for sexual assault was not only put on musical performers, but on women, too.

How long has rape been happening? Is there anything we can do to stop it? Is it in our human nature to assault and rape, or has this behavior been taught and continued to be nurtured with cultural beliefs? Even with feminism on the rise, and more education around sexual assault and violence, has anything changed in our society’s understanding when it comes to rape culture? We are exploring all of these questions and more in this week’s episode.

In this episode, Lauren and I talk about rape culture, rape myths, and how we can educate people to take responsibility for their actions. We discuss the problem with saying “boys will be boys,” the harmful patriarchal messaging passed down for generations and ingrained into us as a society, and how we might be subtly contributing to this messaging.

What You Will Discover:

  • The concept of “himpathy” and why it is such a huge issue.
  • Why we shouldn’t be telling girls to cover up to prevent rape, and what we should be doing instead.
  • Some examples of what women are having to resort to in order to keep themselves safe when they are not the perpetrator.
  • Why you need to stop and challenge what you were taught growing up.
  • The role that harmful gender norms play in rape culture.
  • Why culture is such a huge part of who we become and how we are shaped.
  • The most effective things we can do to help prevent rape.
  • How we can start to make a difference with our children and educate them about rape.

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