A clarification to the “there is no rape culture” argument

An interesting observation: This comment and a number of utterly polite and fact-based posts deconstructing the illogic of feminism have been quietly removed from the thread from which the comment was born.

That’s what feminism looks like.

“There is no rape culture”

I  disagree . There is indeed a “rape culture”. It’s simply not what feminists would tell you that it is.

First off, most feminists do not or cannot define “rape culture”. They will point to various and sundry phenomena and claim it to be an example of “rape culture” at work — but they rarely offer a coherent definition of “rape culture” to which these phenomena can be attributed to, and verified against.

The “rape culture” argument is akin to religious people who have no solid definition of a god, yet who proclaim “this tree is an example of god’s work, those mountains, that stone, the sky. They are there, therefore god”.

Rarely will they proffer a testable definition of their chosen god. “Rape culture” as used by feminists has the same structure. When a claim is proffered and tested, one finds that it rarely — if ever — applies to society at large in the Western World.

I offer the following challenge. Perform the following search “define rape culture”. What you will encounter is a never-ending series of articles that do one of two things: 1. Ask what “rape culture” is, and failing to find a substantial definition will engage in the typical point-and-see-that’s-rape-culture argument, or 2. they will attempt to offer what they think is the definition, and offer a poor, incoherent, insensible, unintelligible versions that are based on point-and-see.

Even Wikipedia’s definition follows this pattern. “Rape culture is a concept that links rape and sexual violence to the culture of a society, and in which prevalent attitudes and practices normalize, excuse, tolerate, and even condone rape”. Observe that what is being said is that the concept is an umbrella term that links concepts. At no point is the concept ever defined.

I define “rape culture” as “An institutionalized set of attitudes and beliefs that promote the acceptance, tolerance and encouragement of sexual assault as a means of controlling or subjugating a population in whole or in part.”

To date, I have read no more coherent definition of “rape culture” than my own. I welcome alternatives.

There is a sub-section of society in North America where such a behaviour does exist: prison. The very term “rape culture” was coined by a male prisoner of Lorton Prison, Virginia to describe the conditions whereby both inmates, guards and staff not only overlooked sexual assault, but acknowledged that it was viewed as permissible and actively encouraged it as a means of controlling prisoners, both as inter-prisoner aggression and staff-prisoner assaults, for the purposes of controlling assailants by permitting an outlet of sexual urges and controlling victims though fear.

For an example of how “rape culture” is authentically enacted, see the embedded article “Rape in prison by Scott L. Anderson” found in my post Rape culture: the real thing. When done, ask if this is any way matches society’s culture as a whole.

“A culture of something would mean that the society approves and supports something. We live in a drug abuse culture for example. You have a lot of commercials asking you to use  substances to boost you. In movies it is sometimes portrayed as necessary  and our society approves to it (many parents give their children energy drinks  or drugs to boost their performance in school).”

We are in agreement.

“Compare this to rape or violence against women. Show me a single one that paints either as funny or even acceptable. Show me a single Character in movies that is  portraied as positive and uses violence against women or rape.”

No. What must be shown is not a single example, as feminists like to do, but to demonstrate that these kind of behaviours are prevalent and institutionalized.

“There are laws against it”

This in itself is not sufficient to disprove that “rape culture” is practised by society at large (at least in the Western World).

That the laws are enforced is.

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2 thoughts on “A clarification to the “there is no rape culture” argument

  1. Kerina says:

    That was an interesting point about the origin of the term “rape culture”. I didn’t know that. It makes perfect sense. Rape culture does make sense when your talking about prison culture but is just false to the facts when you talk about 1st world society.

  2. Matthew Chiglinsky says:

    “Rape culture” is just an excuse for “feminists” to be sexually-promiscuous (Note: they seem to hate “slut shaming”) and then demonize anyone who disagrees with them as a potential rapist, even though that makes no real sense.

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