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The Senate finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act today (no thanks to these guys). h/t Think Progress.
From Jessica Valenti’s latest, on victim-blaming rape culture:
This widespread cultural message could not be clearer: Men’s sexual urges are uncontrollable and therefore not their responsibility. It’s a fairly insulting view of male morality and sexuality, but it’s also one that allows the culture to put the blame for men’s bad (and criminal) behavior on women’s shoulders. But making women responsible for men’s sexuality isn’t just about excusing rape and sexual harassment. It’s a cultural rule that enforces the idea that this is a man’s world—women just live in it.
Read the full piece here.
It’s not a flash in the pan or a particular political moment—it’s a central part of the way the United States functions. And until we own that misogyny is as American as apple pie, women around the world will continue to suffer.