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I wish I had thought of this.


Patriarchy is a term used to describe a system in which males are socialized at birth to acquire a set of attributes that are meant to maintain a sex-specific hierarchical system that establishes them as superior to females and grants them more access and opportunities in social spheres that allows for male control and dominance in economics, politics and the general culture (which also includes media).

In a society in which males are more likely to act violently against females and other males and females are usually the ones subjected to acts of sexual violence by males, it’s significant that as a culture, we denounce any practices, beliefs or reactions that reinforce cultural attitudes that maintains rape culture. A culture in which the victim of rape – typically female – is criticized, ridiculed, insulted and degraded by the society at large as responsible for being victimized.

Furthermore, it’s important that we remove any fetishizing or sexualizing stigmas to acts of violence against women because it reinforces rape myths, such as “rape is not that bad,” “rape is sexy”, myths that are misleading and makes it far more difficult for the individuals who internalize these myths to sympathize with the victims and support them.

Becoming sexually aroused at violence against women is a product of a society that continuously sexualizes females – treating them of objects, not only of desire, but of contempt, even while dying. Females are treated as something to be used and degraded rather than people who’s boundaries and limitations are to be acknowledged and respected.

We encourage empathy, sex-critical feminist ethics and the belief that in order to dismantle patriarchy, destroy rape culture, de-popularize porn culture myths and attitudes, we must begin by calling out those who consume violent pornographic media that turns misogyny into something titillating and we must consider the societal repercussions of being conditioned in a culture that treats violence against women and girls as comedy and pornography.

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