Boys will be boys.
Boys will be boys. It’s perfectly acceptable for a man/boy to rape woman because she was probably being overly provocative anyway. She was probably drunk too. It’s purely her own fault.
Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is predominant & sexual violence against women is normalized & excused in the media & popular culture. It is prolonged through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, & the glamorization of sexual violence, creating a society that disregards women’s rights & safety.
Rape Culture affects every woman. The rape of one woman is a degradation, terror, & limitation to all women. Most women & girls limit their behavior because of the existence of rape. Most women and girls live in fear of rape whilst men, in general, do not. That’s how rape functions as a powerful means by which the whole female population is held in a subordinate position to the whole male population, even though many men don’t rape, & many women are never victims of rape. This vicious cycle of fear is the legacy of Rape Culture.
Rape Culture has become such a predominant issue in our society, but yet we attempt to cover it up & leave our younger generation uneducated about the issue. In America this month an article was printed in a high school newspaper about Rape Culture, particularly in the area. The publication of the article resulted in new regulations stating that all articles must be run by the principle. We attempt to suppress & hide this inhumane culture we preserve, when we need to be addressing the issue & making people aware.
Rape Culture provides us with the view that “boys will be boys” & blaming such sexual assaults on the female victim, rather than the perpetrator. We excuse men from such acts, as it is simply ‘in their nature’. It is justified in the Australian Constitution that all people are equal before the law & subject to the law, yet this critical principle in our democracy is excused for men in this situation. This is not acceptable.
There are some that complain that girls overreact & there are plenty of males that are sexually assaulted too, yet figures prove mostly otherwise. At least 1 in 4 girls have been sexually assaulted this year & 82% of sexual assaults are female & 86% of the offenders are male.
There are thousands of prosecutors that think it is okay to treat women as if they are lower than them & use them to their advantage. & They think this is okay because they can get away with it easily. This is something that is morally unacceptable in our society yet we ignore it & still continue to degrade women daily. You may think oh, no, not in our country not in a western country. Well think again, because Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights.
Women are blamed for being a victim. They’re blamed for what they wear when no means no, no matter what she is wearing. Don’t you think it’s wrong that women are absolutely terrified to walk anywhere at night alone. Why should we be afraid of men when God put men in place to protect us?
A random sample of 6,300 assaulted women aged 18 and over, showed only 15% of the women reported to the police. What is stopping them from reporting such horrid crimes? The fact that they themselves could be blamed & victimized for something they had no control over.
I have a friend who lives in Brisbane studying at University. A few weeks ago she was put in a situation where she had to work so late the buses discontinued which forced her to walk home through Brisbane alone at 12:30. She took the half an hour walk through the dark terrified of every drunken man she saw, hiding behind pillars & bushes from all men. Do you not think this is wrong? This should not be the norm we should not live in fear of being sexually assaulted because we are walking home from work alone. All of this & essentially what are we doing about it? Nothing, because boys will be boys. No. Boys will be held accountable for their actions just like everyone else.