even if youre not in the roosterteeth fandom just watch this omg
Many victims of sexual assault do not report these crimes to family, school officials or police, and a new report on the normalization of sexual violence among young girls and women offers several insights into why this is; it also functions as a pretty harrowing primer on rape culture and its consequences.
Researchers at Marquette University analyzed forensic interviews with 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 17, many of whom spoke candidly about their daily experiences of sexual violence and harassment.
According to sociologist Heather Hlavka, many of the young people she interviewed viewed these incidents as a normal part of life. One interview subject told researchers, “They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean … I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.”
According to a release on the report, there are several of the reasons why young women do not come forward about the abuse they experience, including a belief that men “can’t help it” and a fear of being labeled a “whore”:
- Girls believe the myth that men can’t help it. The girls interviewed described men as unable to control their sexual desires, often framing men as the sexual aggressors and women as the gatekeepers of sexual activity. They perceived everyday harassment and abuse as normal male behavior, and as something to endure, ignore, or maneuver around.
- Many of the girls said that they didn’t report the incident because they didn’t want to make a “big deal” of their experiences. They doubted if anything outside of forcible heterosexual intercourse counted as an offense or rape.
- Lack of reporting may be linked to trust in authority figures. According to Hlavka, the girls seem to have internalized their position in a male-dominated, sexual context and likely assumed authority figures would also view them as “bad girls” who prompted the assault.
- Hlavka found that girls don’t support other girls when they report sexual violence. The young women expressed fear that they would be labeled as a “whore” or “slut,” or accused of exaggeration or lying by both authority figures and their peers, decreasing their likelihood of reporting sexual abuse.
They’ve also seen various media takes and possible religious messages that present various versions of coercion and sexual assault being permissible.
But rape culture isnt fucking real? Little girls are out here thinking that BEING ASSAULTED IS NORMAL
But because sexual assault is NOT objectively ok at all, they go around thinking they’re being oversensitive overemotional women and feeling guilty for their own psychological damage
exactly…and society has no problem making women feel like there is something wrong with them when these women display side effects of being sexually assaulted and harassed most of their lives only to be blamed and shamed for it.
honestly if we all stuck w/ the definition of sexual assault as unwanted sexual contact, fact is, many of us have been sexually assaulted 100’s of times and how can one stay sane with that by not normalizing that shit? it took a lot of having to break shit down to accept what i experienced as NOT normal. this is so fucking difficult to challenge tho, because girls are SCARED. this is normalized and handled in this way in part due to the fear, as already outlined above. ugh.
Today I went to the bank to deposit two pay cheques, paid off the balance on my credit card, paid my MSP (aka my provincial health insurance) premiums for the next 6 months, and I filed and paid my taxes. I am a productive member of society!
Now to waste away the rest of the evening with enjoyable things
no matter how sad I am this never fails to make me laugh
PUT YOUR FAITH IN WHAT YOU MOST BELIEVE IN
wait for it
do you ever forget you need to pee and then like half an hour later remember you’re really desperate or is that just me
you’re so lazy that you procrastinate peeing
I was going to argue but yeah you’re right
Lupita was recently named the most beautiful by People’s Magazine, and some of their readers expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision in the comment section. One reader even commented that Lupita didn’t deserve this title because she’s 100% black(she finds women unattractive if they’re 100% black). These comments made me think of the brilliant post made by radicalrebellion:
White women (non-black women of color included in this as well) become offended and angry when a black woman (especially a dark skinned black woman like Lupita) is depicted as beautiful and worthy of appreciation because it jeopardizes their position as the epitome of beauty and womanhood. Black women are viewed as the antithesis of White beauty and womanhood, these white women are completely apathetic and silent when dark skinned Black women are portrayed as “ugly” and “unlovable” by the mainstream media because they benefit from this oppression. That’s why you never see white supermodels discussing racism and colorism in the fashion industry. However, these readers wouldn’t complain if it were light skinned black women like Halle Berry, Beyonce, or Rihanna (we all know why, hint: colorism). Anyway, congratulations to the ***flawless Lupita for being named the most beautiful!
THE LITTLE SMILE IN THE FIRST GIF SLAYS ME
Cas says hello like “did you just call my boyfriend an idiot?”
#Dean’s eyes in the third gif
SAM’S BITCHFACE THOUGH.
I love how Sam knows immediately by Dean’s face when Cas shows up :D