The New Kind of Rape
Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Justice, somewhere in America a woman is raped every 2 minutes. The short essay Rape: A bigger Danger than Feminist know, by Camille Paglia, is a very empowering essay. In this essay Paglia talks about the word many women fear: rape. The type of rape she focuses on in this essay is date rape. The words date rape can mean different things to different people. So the real question is what do these words exactly mean? According to the dictionary the words date rape mean sexual intercourse forces by the victim’s social escort.. My definition of date rape is when the person you thought you could trust sexually abuses you and disrespects your wishes. I believe date rape is on the rise because of how women and men are portrayed in the media, the abuse of alcohol by young people, the easy access of the “date rape drug,” and the lack of punishment the law has on rapist.
All of us consume the media in one way or another. The media plays an influential role in sexism against women and has determined standards of what they should look like. The media sends us images that we are consciously or subconsciously absorbing, and can even send us messages of how to think. Men and women in the society are greatly affected by this because they have to deal with their social peers. From a young age I have been exposed to the portrayal of women and men on the media, and I’ve just seen it as being normal, but growing up I have seen that many roles are unequal and stereotypical. When you turn on the television you see ads telling men that if they use a certain product they can have any girl they want.
Sexual assault of young and adult women while consuming alcohol has been called a silent epidemic, because it occurs at high rates yet is rarely reported to the authorities. Many victims do not go to the authorities because they have the fear of not being believed or feel that they deserved it. Studies show...
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