Race, Gender, and Rape Culture

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It should not be shocking to people that rape culture is incredibly raced and gendered to say the least. This means that rape culture exploits race, gender, ability, sexuality, etc etc. 

When I facilitate diversity workshops, we explore stereotypes and racial discrimination. Although I do not use this example in workshops, one of the ways stereotypes play out as it relates to rape culture is power relations, specifically race. To a lot of people, the face of a rapist is a black man. The face of the victim and survivor is a white woman.  However, the fact is that most rape occurs intraracially (not interracially) - white men rape white women, black men rape black women. I cannot talk about racialization and rape culture without naming the violence on indigenous women primarily carried out by white men.

Trudy, of the blog Gradient Lair writes:
"The real issue where there is weakness on discussing intraracial crime is gendered crime, Black men’s abuse of Black women (a weakness across the board in every race, because of patriarchy)"
I thought of the above after seeing these pictures circulating on the Tumblr world recently:

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

rape culture, race, gender

What doesn't matter:

Their Gender, Age, or Sexuality

Their clothing: whether revealing or not

Whether they were out at 11am or 11pm

Or if they were your: spouse, husband, wife, best friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, on and off, neighbour, fuck buddy, acquaintance, friends w/benefits, stranger, partner, engaged, almost date

Or if they were drunk or unconscious 

Rape is rape. 

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