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  •  I've been asking that myself (1+ / 0-)
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    dotdash2u

    Getting people to understand rape culture and some of the nuances of this case brings up a whole host of gender-based assumptions, along with perhaps their own empathy getting in the way of understanding the magnitude of the situation--how many of them (of either gender) have been in similar "party" situations where "liberties" were taken--maybe to them, or maybe by them, and they are now being forced to confront some uncomfortable realities in their own situations.

    I've been wondering if it wouldn't be more effective, in order to maybe shock people into seeing it for what it is, to ask, "What if that girl were your son?"

    It's easy for people to think, "My daughter wouldn't run with that crowd/drink too much/get in that situation" or "My son wouldn't disrespect a girl that way" and still not see how cultural it is. Getting them to picture their boy in that girl's position opens up the reality of the power/abuse dynamic outside of the gender dynamic.

    How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

    by athenap on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:03:23 PM PDT

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