Proposal +5—HaveAnElephantasticDay

Consent is Sexy

For my research topic is be examining rape, rape culture, what defines it, and how it should be handled in a disciplinary manner. For centuries, we let men define rape and what constitutes being raped. 1 out of every 6 women In the United States have been victim to rape, attempted rape or aggravated assault in their lifetime. When it comes to males, 1 in every 33 may be victims of rape or attempted rape. This means that 9 out of every 10 rape victims are females. The male stigma of what constitutes rape has contributed to the fact that only 1 in every 16 rapists spend a night in jail.

The biggest problem with rape and rape culture is that instead of teaching boys not to rape, we are teaching girls how not to get raped. And suddenly every girl who wears a short pair of shorts and tank top is “asking for it.” So when people fall victim to rape, we don’t take appropriate action in punishing the rapists.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/men-defining-rape-history

This is the article you posted on the blog that gives a detailed history of rape and how men have defined it for centuries. If gives different beliefs associated with rape and how it was handles throughout history.

http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/

This website will be helpful because it gives me detailed information on rape culture and where the concept originated. It is where I found a key point noting that we live in a society where we teach girls not to get raped rather than teaching boys not to be rapists.

http://www.girlshealth.gov/safety/saferelationships/daterape.html

This website gave me a deeper understanding of what date rape is and how rape isn’t just limited to sex. It also focuses on how to be safer to avoid date rape drugs.

http://www.rccmsc.org/resources/get-the-facts.aspx

This website provide me with statistics that will be helpful throughout my paper. It elaborates on how many people fall victim to rape each year, how many men, and how many women. It also goes over how many rapists face jail time.

https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/punishing-rapists

This website provided details to punishments to rapists. It also elaborates on the types of relationships the rapists usually have to the victim. It goes over the age range of most victims and what time of day their attackers struck.

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4 Responses to Proposal +5—HaveAnElephantasticDay

  1. davidbdale says:

    My dear Haveanelephantasticday,

    1) I am so in love with your 3-word title, “Consent Is Sexy,” that I would claim it as my own if you hadn’t said it first.
    2) Everything else you’ve done here is very sloppy.

    I don’t care what your topic is; you need to state a thesis. You come close in your sentence about who we blame for rape, but you’re not there yet. I’m on your side here. Resolve your ambiguity and I will jump to your defense and support.

    “The article provides me with many useful statistics.” Not a sufficient answer. Which statistic proves what claim you intend to make? This project is a moving target, elephantastic, but can never be without a target. If you can’t tell me what numbers support what claim that proves what thesis, I can’t hear you. (Change your mind as often as necessary, but always know what you’re proving, and how.)

    OK? Let’s get there one step at a time. Reply, please.

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  2. haveanelephantasticday says:

    For my research topic is be examining rape, rape culture, what defines it, and how it should be handled in a disciplinary manner. For centuries, we let men define rape and what constitutes being raped. 1 out of every 6 women In the United States have been victim to rape, attempted rape or aggravated assault in their lifetime. When it comes to males, 1 in every 33 may be victims of rape or attempted rape. This means that 9 out of every 10 rape victims are females. The male stigma of what constitutes rape has contributed to the fact that only 1 in every 16 rapists spend a night in jail. The problem is that we are blaming women for getting raped rather than men for raping. Suddenly every girl who wears a short pair of shorts and tank top is “asking for it.” So when people fall victim to rape, we don’t take appropriate action in punishing the rapists.

    Does this cover my topic more effectively?

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    • davidbdale says:

      Not yet. With apologies, best wishes, and my trust in your better ability. I believe you’ll be able to do so effectively, but you aren’t there yet.

      “For my research topic is be examining rape, rape culture, what defines it, and how it should be handled in a disciplinary manner.”

      Says this: “There is a culture; it is called rape culture; something defines it; it needs to be handled because something about it is negative.”

      Much too vague. Stick with me here, elephantastic: Women are blamed for rape because men define what constitutes rape. Justice will be served when the justice system is no longer dominated by men who decide when a man is responsible for rape. Rape occurs when: _____________________, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the desirability or availability of the victim.

      That doesn’t have to be your thesis, but your thesis does need to be as specific as that to provide you an edge for your argument. As you proceed with your research, you’ll either confirm the correctness of that thesis, or decide that the evidence supports a different interpretation. The thesis you begin with does not at all need to be the thesis you end with.

      Are you with me? This topic is too important to be “essayed.” Reply, please.

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  3. haveanelephantasticday says:

    Rape victims are always raped twice. First they are physically raped, then they are raped emotionally by the justice system and society. After experiencing the devastation of rape, victims often confide in an authority in hopes that their grievance will be addressed and their attacker be punished. Instead of being relieved by the actions of the justice system, victims are shamed and blamed for being victims.

    You got raped, it is your fault. What were you wearing? You were asking for it. Did you say no? Did you try and fight back? You know what they say, boys will be boys. Right? Wrong. Too often the victims are blamed for being the victims. We are instilling the youth with the idea that they shouldn’t be raped rather than teaching them not to rape. It is not the victims fault and we need to fix the stigma that it is.

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