Monday, July 20, 2015

A Focused Message

There can be both good and bad to increasing awareness when it comes to important issues, say, like rape.

On the one hand, increased awareness can make it easier for survivors to report and to get help in order to heal. Awareness can decrease stigma and victims blaming. It can produce campaigns that give some really great materials like Men Can Stop Rape, or Love is Respect.

Unfortunately, sometimes things like this end up out there as well:

As seen floating around on Facebook.

At first glance, you might not think that the poster above is much different than the examples I linked to above, but take a minute to compare. The Jake and Josie poster puts the emphasis on the potential consequence of assault, equating a drunk hook up scenario where the consent of two people is questionable with sexual assault. 

I am not saying that Josie was or was not raped. I am saying that watering down rape to a "You might get charged with rape!" argument destroys the cause. 

In order to have an impact on rape culture, we have to do better. We must focus our message. We must create an environment that does not foster rape, and that supports survivors. It will never be enough to just make rapists fear being punished. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Burning Out and a Survey

Ladies and gentlemen. I declare myself burned out.

You may have noticed the not so subtle drop-off in posts. The decline in quality. Perhaps a typo or two.

Sometimes I do this thing where I read posts that just bum me out hard. Posts that talk about how silly it is to care about "perceived slights" against women in America for instance. I don't want to just post my reactions to other posts, so I stay quiet and stew. It isn't that I have a lack of post topics, or really even a lack of time anymore. I think my biggest reason for burnout is feeling as though my audience is not right for this blog project, or the blog project is not right for my readers.

Back in January or February, I mentioned that I planned to put together a small survey to help me to discern where this blogging project was headed, and I have finally followed through.

So, what do you say? Will you take the time to answer five short questions?

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this post.