There is now, no denying that America is an active member of rape culture.
The first time I was made aware of this concept it was a journal topic pertaining to the molestation allegation made against Woody Allen, the filmmaker.
My teacher asked if we believed this country endorses rape culture which is described as sexual objectification, victim blaming,
belittlement of sexual abuse or excusable thereof.
In the past five years it has been made clear to me that America does not serve justice in all cases of rape and we as a society do not treat it as gravely as we should.
I think there is a major lack of education to young boys on how to treat women whether it be their mothers, sisters or peers.
As well, girls should have a better understanding of knowing their surroundings and predicting situations.
I’m sure many of you have heard of numerous scenarios of gang rape, date rape, partner rape and of course, the infamous Harvey Weinstein scandals.
Many people have reacted by publicly sharing their stories of abuse with the hashtag #metoo.
Olympic gold medalist, Mckayla Maroney was among these women.
She wrote about being molested by the USA gymnastics team doctor.
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse.”
For me, the problem lies with how we think as a society and how that is recognized by young kids.
Children need to be taught by their parents and teachers to internalize the importance of consent.
The uncontrollable factor is media. Television and movies sexualize the human body, women especially.
The first example that comes to mind is Carl’s Junior commercials, mostly all of their advertisements showcase women’s bodies in provocative outfits.
What does selling a burger have to do with breasts?
Sure, some films feature younger-older relationships and scandalous affairs but the important thing to remember is that they are scenarios and are supposed to be entertaining.
But, there is a difference.
The industry can portray sexualization and abuse as a positive thing or a negative thing, obviously we’re rooting for the latter.
In her #metoo response, Maroney outlines four plans of action to put an end to the abuse: bring awareness, hold the guilty accountable, educate/prevent and have zero tolerance.
I agree with her in that the trend with rape cases always seems to deal with a person in power, predator and prey. There is no excuse, it doesn’t matter who you are.
What bothers me in the Weinstein scandal is that suddenly everyone wants to boycott Hollywood.
There is simply no need.
The guilty party here is not all of Hollywood, it is the abusers and those who let the misconduct go unpunished.
Renowned and truly spectacular films don’t need to be shunned and fans of them shouldn’t have to drop everything and hate Hollywood.
There were countless other people who were a part of the production, script-writing, casting, directing, costuming, filming and editing processes.
According to a timeline made by BBC News, Weinstein has already been stripped of several awards and removed from his company.
Those actions are referred to as consequences, if they weren’t in place it would be an entirely different story.
Regardless of your opinion of Woody Allen, his comment made in light of the Weinstein case rang true,
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”
It was a little far-fetched with the winking line and hopefully sarcastic but, what I gather from it is this:
There are problems within our society and the rape culture it unfortunately maintains but an extreme response, in either direction, is an internecine one.