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Rape culture: What needs to change?

Their is a recent report in the news stating that a NFL player was confronted by cops after being stopped for speeding. The report states that during the confrontation the player insisted that he would get out of jail to find the cop’s wife and intend to have sex with her. Allegedly his comments were “I’m going to f–k your wife and n– in her eye”

I first want to state that I am not 100% certain that he said this to the cop because I was obviously not there during the incident. Of course if this is true, I think it was extremely disrespectful and an act of ignorance to insist that he would commit such an act. One of the things that bothers me most about this is the plethora of posts online joking about his alleged statement along with individuals laughing about his comments. When this type of language is used and we see comments such as “well what did she look like”, “that cop must have been a little sensitive”, and of course the constant laughing emojis. Many take this type of language as a joke but this language along with the insensitivity to it enforces rape culture within our society.

These comments are made so casually that many have become desensitized to it. We hear it in our music, movies, and many of us hear it in the workplace on a constant basis. A lawsuit was recently placed on a Chicago Ford assembly plant due to years of unreported sexual harassment incidents against many of the female employees. Many of these women reported that coworkers would often advise them to “let it go” and not to say anything about or it would get worse. These are two different situations obviously, but the same mentality is evident. This behavior is extremely harmful to men and women alike, the same type of misogyny and objectification of women that is displayed in pornographic movies has crept into our society. One thing we need is for more men to speak out against this type of behavior, as men we are set out to be protectors of our women not enforcing a culture that views women as inferior or objects of sexual pleasure.