Heteronormativity in Sexual Violence Prevention Work

Gender norms play a huge role in the way we discuss 💋👊. Discussions of 💬🗨 are often 👫 and frame 💬🗨 exclusively as 👦 asking 👩 to have sex.

💋👊  is a 👩’s issue in the sense that it historically has affected 👩 at higher rates, but 👦 survivors of 💋👊  often get left out of the conversation.

Young boys and girls are socialized to believe that only 👩 can be sexually harassed, assaulted, etc. This makes it harder for 👦 to recognize and identify 💋👊 that they might experience.

All of this being said, gender norms appeal to some 👦 and can be used to effectively teach 👦 about 💋👊. The “My Strength is Not for Hurting” campaign appeals to 👦 by using hegemonically masculine ideas/images.

I’m still not sure if such campaigns are worth it. They teach about important topics like 💬🗨 and advocate against 💋👊, but reinforce 👫 gender norms that contribute to rape culture and leave queer people out of the conversation.

👫 – heteronormative

💋👊 – sexual violence

💬🗨 – consent

👩 – women

👦 – men

One thought on “Heteronormativity in Sexual Violence Prevention Work

  1. sknight

    The fact that many male groups that are meant to be against sexual violence and end up using messages that perpetuates hegemonic masculinity, this is really difficult! It’s absolutely important to start teaching people while they’re young, but that requires a revamped sex education that many groups are so afraid of and against. But I think that would be one place to start.

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