“Can ‘Men’ Stop Rape?” Reading Critique

I disagreed with some points made in “Can ‘?’ Stop Rape?” Since the campaign is designed to be by ?, for ?, it made sense that ? are the more dominant figures.Had this campaign been aimed at the general public, I would have better understood the author’s claims that the posters support subordination of ?. He criticizes that ? are always made out to be the ones not wanting a sexual encounter, however for the purposes of the campaign this also makes sense. If the posters had displayed phrases like, “When she said yes, we did.” that wouldn’t be addressing the issue of ? pressuring ? into sex. How do people feel these posters should’ve gone about addressing the role of ??

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4 thoughts on ““Can ‘Men’ Stop Rape?” Reading Critique

  1. oerickso

    This misses the point. In order to dismantle rape culture, we cannot see ? as the sole agent whose only goal is sex or? as sexual gatekeepers

    Here rape is a thinkable or possible threat. We must challenge the belief that sexual access to ? is a reward for appropriate masculinity.

  2. mwislar

    But isn’t it entirely counterproductive for an anti-rape campaign to feature ? as the dominant figures, even if the campaign is designed by ?, for ?? That makes no sense to me, because showing ? as dominant simply reinforces and persists the very power structures that largely cause rape in the first place.

  3. kfserwer

    I think that having male-dominated spaces that to talk about sexual violence against women is appropriate, on a poster or in a classroom. Sometimes, this makes the message a more digestible, less threatening way to begin to talk about sexual assault, as many men fear being “attacked” when first entering this conversation.

  4. ocastro

    Men’s fear of being attacked simply shows a lack of true allyship and using being an ally as a way to be perceived as one of the good guys and distancing themselves from the bad guys who rape (which leads to less accountability of more discrete acts of sexual violence). When men are afraid to put themselves out there to real allyship work in fear of being criticized or being called a bad guy, this just shows priority of self over the actual issue. And that in itself is the issue! Men will protect their egos despite the harm (or complicity) that may result from it.

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