Of all things that make me resent our generation, this is the unquestionable pinnacle. Though this is certainly not my first meeting with the VERY-present rape culture issue, this article made me so sad. Not only am I ashamed to be a part of a group of people who have grown to condone and take part in such behavior, but I am terrified to be a woman at a large university.
Though I’m cognizant that not everyone would respond the way the frat brothers in this instance did, I think this occasion is a great one to point out that this is precisely what slut-shaming and comments like “Man, I raped that test” feed into, and it’s very sadly common knowledge that these issues are much more widely spread.
So not only can you help by making DAMN sure you wouldn’t act the way some of the Vanderbilt frat boys chose to,
But by eliminating from your vernacular comments like “You’re a hoe if you…”, “have you seen Bob’s new girlfriend? Total slut”, “At least I’m not a whore”, “She’s such a slut”, “You’ve slept with 5 guys, no guy is going to want to touch that”, “the chiefs raped the broncos, did you see that game?”, you’d be ridding the world of one less person who thinks it’s okay to contribute, however “indirectly”, to a culture that ostracizes and punishes women for making their attackers accountable for what they did.
Pardon the rant. Just couldn’t pass this up.
Fortunately, I don’t know a lot of people who would have written those things on that message thread (or I hope I don’t), but I DO know FAR too many people who slut shame and add to rape culture in “less severe” ways.
Just know that if you say anything remotely similar to any of the things I’ve listed above, you are a contributing factor to a horrifying societal problem. That should alarm you. Think before you open your mouth, please.