Harvey Weinstein has to this day eighty-four accusers’ claiming sexual harassment and/or rape by him for decades.
Weinstein scandal brought light to an issue that woman all around the world have been suffering yet still is often overlooked (Woody Allen) or even excused (Trump), Harvey is an exception but since he still had been on trial all might change. By understanding rape dynamics, rape perspectives, rape culture and patriarchy is possible to see that rape is all about power and control, not about ‘uncontrollable lust’ or even sex. Where do young people learn and what they learn about sex? Schools usually do not like to approach such polemical subjects for several reasons and parents just a few awkward about talking about sex with their kids in general. Leaving teenagers to acquire the basics and fundamental information about sexuality, consent, gender roles from mainstream media. As Julia T. Wood pointed in ‘Gendered Media: The Influence of Media on Views of Gender’ media usual create “misrepresent actual proportions of men and women in the population” which leads to a false sense that they are more man than women moreover that white man is the cultural standard. Rape culture is a set of beliefs that reaffirms male sexual violence towards females – is important to note that man also rapes but this paper will focus on female victims.
Today’s society sexual aggression is seen as sexy and sex is usually related to violence, not just in porn, movies such as Fifth Shades of Gray or TV shows like Game of Thrones dismiss sexual abuse in favor of ‘drama’ and/or viewers without approaching the problem with cameras or off. That problem is that type of media desensitizes viewers on violence and helps to perpetual the myth that sexual violence is an unpleasant fact, when is actually an expression of attitudes and values which can change. Rape culture is also seen in words such as ‘bitch’, ‘freak’, ‘whore’, and ‘baby’ those words have the purpose of putting women down and dehumanize them, sending a clear message that females are less than human. Thus helping man to treat them with less respect, ignoring their rights, and disregarding their well-being all together since women are seen as inferior.