All kinds of women are the victims of sexual assault. Sex workers. Nuns. College students. Little girls. Old women. Women who have had no sexual partners and women who have had 100. Women who are walking alone at night and women who thought they were safe in their own beds. Women who wear headscarves and women who wear miniskirts.
Very few men, on the other hand, are rapists, but the small number who are tend to sexually assault a lot of women.
So why are we so interested in what a victim did, or what she looks like, or what her sexual history is? None of that makes her more or less likely to be assaulted. The scary truth is that women are raped because they had the bad luck of being stuck in a room with a rapist.” —
Jill Filipovic, Writing for The Daily. It’s a good summary of some of the problems with a lot of rape coverage, so check out the rest of it.
This is the best explanation of rape culture I’ve seen so far.
ben should join our club.