Chances are, as feminists and other liberal-minded people, most of you have heard the phrase “rape culture.” It’s used often in feminist circles, and it describes a social conditioning that we experience culturally. But how many of you know what it actually looks like? Perhaps some people truly don’t understand what rape culture is. So here are 25 examples.
Teen and “tween” (that difficult, in-between age of 9-12) girls nowadays have it rough. Contrast this with the caveman era that I grew up in, that oh-so-long-ago decade known as the 1990s, in which girls could simply chillax and be themselves…kind of. But before we roll our eyes at the behavior of “kids these days,” we should at least consider how our adolescence was different.
Within the last ten to fifteen years, shows like South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, and American Dad have been popping up, creating huge hordes of followers and dominating the airwaves. These shows are unique in that they are animated, which allows for extremely off-color, inappropriate, or even offensive stereotypes. The question is: Are these stereotypes positive or harmful?
American media has a history of ignoring the marginalized in our society. That’s slowly changing, but there’s still one group that’s often excluded altogether. And that’s America’s poor. Now you may be thinking “But wait! I can think of an example!” And yes. Perhaps you can. But unfortunately, media representation isn’t enough; diverse and accurate media representation is essential.
Liberalism vs. conservatism is at the heart of American politics. And while engaging in healthy debate is encouraged, stepping over the line of respectful disagreement and engaging in personal attacks or hate speech is never okay — for either side. Shannon Ridgway discusses how those who identify as liberals and feminists can be more understanding toward the opposing political party.
It’s okay to disagree with people. It’s even okay to hold disdain for other people’s politics. But when we cross over into personal attacks, we’ve gone too far. Not only are we being rude, we’re also being unfair. So the next time you find yourself criticizing conservatives, remind yourself that what you’re critical of is their belief system – not the people themselves.
Patriarchy is a major issue that still affects the livelihood of everyone — men included! Living in a patriarchal society places immense pressure on people of all genders to fit into prescribed roles and meet social expectations. Shannon Ridgway discusses how to eradicate gender stereotypes, break free of these assigned roles, and free ourselves — as well as others.
Growing up in the Midwest, I heard many things said about the Native American ethnicity. Some things were good, most were bad, but all had one thing in common: They were sweeping generalizations – overarching assumptions that ascribe a specific set of characteristics to all people of a certain culture. Otherwise known as stereotypes. And to move beyond them, first we have to understand them.
Women are oftentimes propositioned by men for dates, and these propositions are oftentimes riddled with sexually-charged statements. So what’s the difference between flirtation and objectification? In this podcast episode, Shannon Ridgway will discuss how to respectfully compliment women while excluding sexual entitlement — a necessary skill for anyone who dates.
Many people struggle with feelings of inadequacy or negative self-perception based on the messages they’ve received since birth. Often, these negative messages become internalized. In this podcast episode, Shannon Ridgway will discuss the different ways in which those struggling with low self-esteem can utilize feminist concepts to rediscover their inherent self-worth.