Rape Culture using the definition from the Oxford English Dictionary: “A society
Rape Culture using the definition from the Oxford English Dictionary: "A society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse." For this project we are going to focus on two elements: 1. How US Popular Culture fosters, or contributes to the creation, of those social attitudes. 2. What are the tangible effects that occur when sexual assault and abuse are trivialized in the US. Your task is to: 1. Provide and explain two specific artifacts from US pop culture (within the last ten years) that contribute to the trivialization of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse. At least one of these artifacts needs to be something other than one provided in the lecture material. For example, if I could go back further than ten years (you can't) I might point to the lyrics of Summer Lovin' from Grease, Baby It's Cold Outside, or the movies Sixteen Candles or Revenge of the Nerds. 2. Provide and explain two specific real world incidents (not just statistical analyses) in the US where we can see that sexual assault and/or sexual abuse were trivialized (not treated with the seriousness they deserve). These incidents should be drawn from news reports within the last five years and at least one of them needs to be something other than what was provided in the lecture material. Cite your sources (MLA or APA). For example if I were to draw examples from outside the US (you can't), I might cite the court case in Ireland where a man was acquitted of rape solely because the survivor was wearing black lace panties which the defense argued "was an indication of consent". Or, the case in India of #boislockerroom.

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