Posts tagged rape culture
"I didn’t come from your rib, you came from my uterus"
Slutwalk São Paulo, 26 May 2012 (see gallery at the link, article in Portuguese)
Project Unbreakable gives power to survivors as they reclaim words that were once used against them. These words were used to weaken us, to control us and to shame us into silence: “this is what a real relationship is like… get used to it”, “I own you”, “you’ve got nothing”. These words reflect more than just the mindset of the attacker; they reflect the greater mindset of rape culture—that rape is the fault of the victim, sex is a right not a privilege and that a woman’s sexual status dictates her worth. By reclaiming the words spoken by attackers, survivors diminish the power of those words to hurt them; they are used to shock and confront people into questioning rape culture and its effects. The words were used to disempower victims; they are now used to empower survivors.
The story of Project Unbreakable.
Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of rape, sexual assault and abuse.
Rape Joke in Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" (1972)
Linda (Diane Keaton): Did you read that another Oakland woman was raped?
Allan (Woody Allen): I was nowhere near Oakland!
Linda: Do they know who did it?
Allan: No idea. He must be very clever. You must be on the ball to rape so many women and get away with it.
Linda: If anybody tried to rape me, I'd just pretend to go along with it and then grab a heavy object and let him have it. That is unless I was enjoying it.
Allan: They say it's every woman's secret desire.
Linda: I guess it depends on who's doing the raping.
Allan: Why dwell on morbid subjects? Odds are you'll never get raped.
Linda: Not with my luck.
Rape jokes are never funny. Woody Allen participating in rape culture? Revolting.