Rape Culture and the Eroticism of Violence

In class today, we spoke about rape culture and sexualized violence against women. Oftentimes, rape is an unspoken atrocity in our society. It is a difficult topic and few people want to openly discuss the reasons behind this vicious act. Jean Kilbourne’s film, “Killing Us Softly 4” addresses the eroticism of violence. Linking sex with violence is quite dangerous because it desensitizes the viewer, thus opening the door to violence and sexual assault. Consequently, sex offenders think it is okay to enact their violent fantasies on unsuspecting females.

Sixty percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. There is an automatic assumption that the victim is tainted, which constructs a social stigma for those affected. Associating “uncleanliness” with rape protects the attacker instead of the victim. Rape becomes a physical act that projects hate from the attacker onto the victim, imprinting lasting psychological damage.

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