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The causes and reasons for rape are deeply entrenched in our social structure. We can explore some of the motivations and circumstances which lead men to rape. We have learned that some men rape out of anger and a need to overpower, dominate, and humiliate.
Why does rape exist and what causes it? What is it about our society that makes rape one of the fastest growing violent crimes in this country? One way we have tried to deal with this problem is through rape prevention.
These techniques are very important in decreasing the vulnerability of individuals, but in order to eliminate the occurrence of rape from our society, we must first examine its causes more deeply so that we can take collective action. We must understand the sociology of rape in order to effectively work towards the elimination of it.
Despite the necessity for rape prevention, it must focus on eliminating the conditions in society which make women easy targets for rape. Furthermore, rape cannot always be avoided, no matter what precautions the woman takes. It also puts part of the responsibility and blame for rape on the victim.
Rapist control confuses prosecutions with prevention.
There is little evidence that punishment serves as a deterrent. Besides, very few rapist are ever incarcerated. From very early ages, men and women are conditioned to accept different roles.
Women are raised to be passive and men are raised to be aggressive. We are conditioned to accept certain attitudes, values and behaviors. Our conditioning is continuously and relentlessly encouraged and reinforced by the popular media, cultural attitudes and the educational system.
The media is a major contributor to gender-based attitudes and values. The media provides women with a complete list of behaviors that precipitate rape. Social training about what is proper, as well as what is powerful and macho, teaches women to be victims and men to be aggressors. The high incidence of rape in this country is a result of the power imbalance between men and women.
Women are expected to assume a subordinate relationship to men. Consequently, rape can be seen as a logical extension of the typical interactions between women and men. There are a number of sexist dictates that serve to maintain this subordinate relationship one of which is: Rape as a means of control over women.
Rape plays a role in maintaining patriarchy by perpetrating the threat of violence.
The indifference of other men reinforces this effect. Society trains females to be physically and emotionally unequipped to respond effectively to danger.
Training begins at an early age. Boys and girls are channeled into different physical activities, because of the believed differences in physical and muscular development and stamina. I was glad to hear that MIT set up a self-defense class for women.In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself.
A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is . When examining influences on sexuality one has to look at many different factors.
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