Rape Culture: We’re still just making shit up. Oh, and we’re a massive set of hypocrites, too!

John Salmon's World

So, before writing this entry I decided to do a bit of research and see just how many timed I’d written about rape or rape culture. The magic number? 13. Yep, in less than a year I have written 13 different articles about rape or rape culture. Why? Because it’s still a massive topic of discussion. I mentioned in a previous blog that I thought we’d reached the zenith of rape culture hysteria, I thought we’d reached it a long time ago. I was wrong. It seems every week, if not every day, some new story is hitting the headlines about some perpetuation of rape culture.

Why do I keep writing about it? Well, it’s my blog and I’ll write on whatever the hell I want. All flippant comments aside I continue to write about rape culture because it continues to appear in the news. I don’t believe we live…

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Let’s talk about consent. Sorry, I can’t, I’m a man!

John Salmon's World

It’s been a month to the day since I last talked about coercion. Before that I don’t think I’d written a single blog on the topic. I don’t know why, I think in all the discussions and debates about rape it had never seemed that relevant. Of course, it’s possibly one of the most relevant conversations you can have when it comes to rape, especially as ‘consent’ is the very concept that we must be aware of before being able to differentiate between rape and sex.

But the problem is that, much like the definition of rape has become diluted and almost meaningless, the concept of consent, the definition and application has become muddled, dirtied, lacking in clarity.

It’s a very easy concept in theory – if someone says ‘yes’ when you ask them if they want to have sex then they have consented. Exceptionally easy, yes? The problem lies…

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