Miller defines a street gang as "a self-formed association of peers, united by mutual interests, with identifiable leadership and internal organization, who act collectively or as individuals to achieve specific purposes, including the conduct of illegal activity and control of a particular territory, facility, or enterprise. An individual's age, physical structure, ability to fight, willingness to commit violence, and arrest record are often principal factors in determining where an individual stands in the gang hierarchy; now money derived from criminal activity and ability to provide for the gang also impacts the individual's status within the gang.
Previously, according to Canadian psychology professor Alexandra Rutherfordmost Americans assumed that rape, incest, and wife-beating rarely happened. Rape was defined as a crime of violence rather than a crime of sex as it had been before and the focus of rape shifted from desire for sexual pleasure to one of male domination, intimidation and a sense of control over gender norms.
Men, Women and Rapewas among the earliest to include first-person accounts of rape. Their authors intended to demonstrate that rape was a much more common crime than previously believed. Williams traces the origin and first usage of the term "rape culture"  to the documentary film Rape Cultureproduced and directed by Margaret Lazarus and Renner Wunderlich for Cambridge Documentary Films.
She said that the film "takes credit for first defining the concept". The film explored how mass media and popular culture have perpetuated attitudes towards rape. Overview[ edit ] Feminists and gender activists conceptualize rape culture as a cultural environment that encourages gender violence, as well as perpetuating "rape myths", ranging from treating rape as merely "rough sex" to blaming the victim for inviting rape.
Rape Culture Pyramid by the 11th Principle: This infographic shows how rape culture builds from attitudes and words up to more severe behavior and violent actions. Michael Parenti believes that rape culture manifests through the acceptance of rapes as an everyday occurrence, and even a male prerogative.
It can be exacerbated by police apathy in handling rape cases, as well as victim blamingreluctance by authorities to go against patriarchial cultural norms, as well as fears of stigmatization suffered by rape victims and their families.
One explanation for the commonality of these myths is that only certain "bad" or "misbehaved" women are raped. This creates a category of women separated from the general population which encourages an "otherness" and reduces the idea that anyone is vulnerable to being raped.
This promotes the idea that the women who are raped were not raped for no reason, but that they deserved it. If women believe that they were the cause of the rape, they may not go to authorities.
This justifies and normalizes rape. Society creates these myths, scaring women before they are even raped. Another reason for the acceptance of rape culture is the "just-world" hypothesis which claims that what happens to an individual in life is inherently tied to his or her actions and thus seen as justly deserved.
People who believe in this theory would also be more likely to believe women who are raped deserve it in some way. Finally, rape can be attributed to ways women were treated historically, as a factor used to oppress and create control over women. First, any woman can be a rape victim regardless of age, size, shape, ethnicity, or status.
Second, any man can be a rapist, not just "evil" or "mentally ill" men as thought in previous decades.
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Finally, rape can occur in many different forms besides the stereotype of a violent, forceful rape done by a stranger. Now that rape could affect anyone, there would not be a proper way for men and women to avoid it.
Some rape myths that were widely accepted on the basis of what kind of women would be raped were ideas that the victim was always "young, careless [and] beautiful" or they are "loose" women who "invite rape" by provoking men.
Rape culture can manifest when third parties separate the sexual violence of select individuals and cast them off as deviant perverts rather than acknowledging that anyone can be capable of rape.
In the s, rapists were often seen as mentally ill or deviants in society, and this view persisted among some people into the s.
Rape myths had suppressed the incidence of such events now known as "intimate partner rape"  or " marital rape "; at one time, the view was that women could never claim to be raped by a spouse.
Rape cases in which both parties previously knew one another has been coined " acquaintance rape ", a term first coined by Robin Warshaw inand subsequently used by prominent academics such as Mary P. For instance, sexist jokes may be told to foster disrespect for women and an accompanying disregard for their well-being, or a rape victim might be blamed for being raped because of how she dressed or acted.
O'Sullivan examines rape culture and fraternities, identifying the socialization and social roles that contribute to sexual aggression, and looks at "frat life" and brotherhood ideals of competition and camaraderie. In these groups, sex is viewed by young men as a tool of gaining acceptance and bonding with fellow "brothers", as they engage in contests over sex with women.
Reasoning about rape and rape culture is also influenced by gender and heterosexuality norms, and therefore is also changing through time and place.
Often, victims are dissuaded from reporting sexual assaults because of universities' and colleges' ambivalent reactions to rape reports and desire to suppress bad news.Aug 01, · What do people mean by the "Culture of Violence" in America?
I was watching Headline News, and they did a piece on the "epidemic of violence" in America. They discussed such topics as mass shootings, Status: Resolved.
Dowry violence remains a rampant yet under-reported crime in India. These photographs of dowry violence victims capture the anguish, helplessness and desperation felt by these women.
Examples of cultural violence are indicated, using a division of culture into religion and ideology, art and language, and empirical and formal science.
The theory of cultural violence is then related to two basic points in Gandhism, the doctrines of unity of life and of unity of means and ends.
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Different cultural and social norms support dif-ferent types of violence, as illustrated in Box 1. For.