Do You Think There is a Problem With Rape Culture on the Texas Tech Campus? [POLL]
Last week a group protested on the campus of Texas Tech University against the so-called rape culture that some believe exists on campus. According to KHOU, some students protested after news about a fraternity party came out.
A group of Texas Tech University students on Wednesday protested what they say is a "rape culture" on campus with demonstrations that involved laying bed sheets spray-painted with the message "no means no" at three locations.
The women's actions came a day after university officials sent an email to students and faculty that called activities at a recent off-campus fraternity party "reprehensible."
Pictures taken at a Sept. 20 Phi Delta Theta fraternity party that were posted briefly online showed a banner that read, in part, "No means yes," and included a graphic reference to a sex act. Another image from the same off-campus party showed a sprinkler attached to a large cutout shaped like a woman's spread legs.
The Daily Toreador on Tuesday demanded that the Texas Tech SGA President address rape culture on campus.
Not everyone is convinced that rape culture exist though. In 2014, a piece in TIME Magazine called rape culture nonsense.
Tolerance for rape? Rape is a horrific crime, and rapists are despised. We have strict laws that Americans want to see enforced. Though rape is certainly a serious problem, there’s no evidence that it’s considered a cultural norm. Twenty-first century America does not have a rape culture; what we have is an out-of-control lobby leading the public and our educational and political leaders down the wrong path. Rape-culture theory is doing little to help victims, but its power to poison the minds of young women and lead to hostile environments for innocent males is immense.
On college campuses, obsession with eliminating “rape culture” has led to censorship and hysteria. At Boston University, student activists launched a petition demanding the cancellation of a Robin Thicke concert because the lyrics of his hit song “Blurred Lines” allegedly celebrate “systemic patriarchy and sexual oppression.” (The lyrics may not exactly be pleasant to many women, but song lyrics don’t turn men into rapists. Yet, ludicrously, the song has already been banned at more than 20 British universities.) Activists at Wellesley recently demanded that administrators remove a statue of a sleepwalking man: The image of a nearly naked male could “trigger” memories of sexual assault for victims. Meanwhile, a growing number of young men find themselves charged with rape, named publicly and brought before campus judicial panels informed by rape-culture theory. In suchcourts, due process is practically nonexistent: guiltybecause accused.
Rape-culture theorists dismiss critics who bring up examples of hysteria and false accusations as “rape denialists” and “rape apologists.” To even suggest that false accusations occur, according to activists, is to engage in “victim blaming.” But now, rape culturalists are confronting a formidable critic that even they will find hard to dismiss.
Do you think Texas Tech has a problem with rape culture?