Personal Experiences with Rape Culture

I started this blog because I know I have many personal experiences with rape culture and I know many other people do too. I think those experiences should be shared. If you have an experience I would love for you to share it, the submission button is always open. Anything I've written myself is tagged "rcr" if you're interested in tracking it.
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Oh, man. They’re advertising their glasses for men the way anything ever is advertised for women. I’m not sure whether to be aroused, annoyed, or pleased.

Jesus Chrissstttt

I actually strongly disagree with the bolded. A huge part of how advertisements use women and their bodies to market products is how they actually make women pose. Just because these men are naked does not mean they are being modeled in a way that is disempowering to them, nor does it align them with how women are used in various ads and photo shoots.

Now, if these men were being made to pose in a submissive fashion, i.e. lying down, on their backs, literally looking dead or spaced out, incredibly passive, etc, then I would totally agree!

However, not a single one of these dudes looks at all submissive or passive to me. They all look like they have agency. They look like they’re in control. That’s far more than women are afforded in ads and it is truly a key difference to how we make male and female models pose!

I think it’s more than that.  Yes, obviously, the posing is part of it but it’s not just that.  Women in advertising are often used as packaging, they are literally objects that are being used as tools in much the same way that lighting and costuming and copy are used. In an ever growing array of virtually identical products (how many different brands of 5 blade razor can we really have or need?) the only legitimate difference becomes packaging and advertising.  The women have become props, not people, and the men in these ads are definitely not props, they are people.  The copy reads “you’d be naked without those spectacles” you'd be naked, there's humanity there, agency, these are people who are wearing the spectacles, they are not tools to market the spectacles,  to catch your eye.  It's a very different sort of thing.

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