Chris Hedges: Rape Culture and Sexual Violence in the United States

Smash Rape Culture

Image by Charlotte Cooper via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 8, 2018

Anastasiya Gorodilova, Social Justice Activist & Advocate, discusses rape culture and sexual violence in the United States.

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3 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Rape Culture and Sexual Violence in the United States

  1. Chris, this is a very disappointing report from you. Of course there are important social-sexual issues to be promptly addressed but when you say “..even journalists previously reluctant to cover sexual violence are finding the topic applicable”, I must edit your comment to “..are finding the topic popular.” I am a male victim of rape and sexual abuse by a therapist (funny how a little editing turns “therapist” into “the-rapist”, lol!) so my perspective is sympathetic and empathetic yet I find the “METOO” movement a recipe for social hysteria with post-modernist ‘social justice’ rationales that disregards the rights of individuals for the suggested rights of ‘groups’ and seeks ‘equality of outcome’ through a cultural totalitarianism. It has and will ruin the lives of innocents without regard for their rights as individuals under the law. I’ve long detested the commercialization of sexual imagery but this controversy has long been an issue, among many other ‘like’ issues, that will not be advanced by the social vigilantism of entities such as the “metoo” movement. It will only allow the discourse to further sink into the quicksand of a social-moral relativism.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your sexual abuse from your therapist of all people, a person whom you trusted.

      I agree with your comment about the Me, too movement’s vigilantism. That’s not the way to go forward, imo.

      • I had wanted to edit my comment to make it clear the sexual abuse from a therapist (who also abused my girlfriend, he was an equal opportunity abuser) was a separate incident from my rape, so, I had wanted to make that clear. Also it was a very violent rape as well, not that any rape is not a form of violence. I may wish to delete this reply as I assume it will be posted but as long as I remain ‘anonymous’ I have no real objection to it’s being posted. One thing that should be noted. When a man experiences a rape it is so much more difficult to admit to and actually receives far less understanding and, for as much as I can hate the word, sympathy from others being male or female. And the few times I have used it to establish credibility in discussion or in my argument of being opposed to, as I put it, social vigilantism, the opposing side in the argument will predictably finds ways of using it to humiliate me or demean my ‘masculinity’ in ways I’ve never seen tolerated when it’s been a female making the same claim. Truly sexism is a double edged sword. I truly appreciate your sympathy so don’t take this wrong but, I don’t need it or care if I get it. Though I will always be affected by the experiences I found the most destructive consequences of those experiences is to dwell upon them or to let them take control of my life in a way that makes my a perpetual victim. I also reject being called a ‘survivor’ for life is tough enough and anyone still drawing breath is a survivor of their negative life experiences (tragedies).

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