Amazing Video Makes Our Rape Culture Very Obvious.
Trigger Warning: This video (and card) speaks about sexual assault and domestic violence.
CARE Norway team decided that it was time to remind us that 1 in 3 women world wide will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. So they made this video that forces us to accept that we are the reason that sexual violence is so prevalent.
Because all those jokes that are "just jokes" leads to a mentality that is way more dangerous then a kid just looking for a few laughs.
Check out the video below of a girl speaking to her father; explaining that because she is a female, things will be a lot different then they were for him growing up. My favorite line;"I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that that wont stay the greatest danger of them all." So now I ask you, how many times have you been called a bitch, a whore, a slut? Or have heard someone called those names? Or have called someone that?
How many times has a girl been insulted and dehumanized because she rejected someone?
How many times have we been told to not get to drunk while our male counterparts need not worry about anything but how much money they have for drinks?
How many times have you heard a rape joke? How many times did people laugh at it? "I can really be a bitch sometimes."
Because of the way these words are thrown so casually after a rejection, we girls start to believe it. We start to doubt our feelings, believe the insults, worry that we aren't "being to outspoken," since since the dawn of time women have been told to keep their mouths shut.
Constant insults after the word "no" trains us to believe we are in the wrong.
Accepting rape jokes makes people believe that sexual assault isn't a big deal; that it can be brushed off with a laugh or an awkward chuckle.
So for the love of god, next time you hear a rape joe, don't laugh. Because like she said, there is some truth behind every joke. And every time you accept behavior like that, you are making the rape culture we live in stronger, and putting women's lives more at risk.