Rape Culture in Pop Culture

Rape culture is a term that was first used by feminists in the 1970s to describe an environment where rape is “highly prevalent, ‘romanticized’, normalized, and excused by the media and popular culture” (Walsh par. 2). The culture is promoted and perpetuated mostly through misogynistic interactions, objectification of the female body and beauty, and promotion of sexual violence through glamor (Walsh par. 2).  Films and songs are part of the pop culture that has been blamed for marketing dangerous myths about lines of consent and romance that glorify predatory male behavior. In some of the songs and movies, some characters can be described to have crossed the lines of sexual consent through their aggressive pursuit of women with blatant disregard for their rights and desires. However, the actions of the popular characters are never castigated. Instead, their actions are likely to be perceived as charming rather than inappropriate. In multiple cases, those male characters who are adjudged to have crossed the line – by, for instance, forcing themselves to a disinterested woman – are excused, or their deeds are quickly compartmentalized and brushed aside (Phillips 4). The net effect of rape culture in the society is the creation of a social culture that ignores women’s rights and disregards their welfare.

Examples of Rape Culture from Pop Culture There are multiple examples of rape culture in today’s popular media where sexual harassment through predatory male behavior is excused, condoned, romanticized, and glorified. An example is the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke that was released in 2013. Specifically, the song’s lyrics were described as promoting sexual harassment and violence encouraging men to blur the lines around sexual consent. Critics described the lyrics as promoting rape. Indeed, the song’s release was followed by a…….

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