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Third Wave Feminism: Rape Culture

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the third in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.

I decided to do a blog post on rape culture given the current social climate where we are seeing a lot of women coming forward accusing men in positions of power or fame of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Rape Culture is defined by the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre as “a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.” Some common forms of rape culture include rape jokes, victim shaming, slut shaming, and flat-out denial of rape as a problem within society. The term rape culture was first used in the 1970s during the Second Wave Feminist Movement (The Encyclopedia of Rape). Rape culture is a prevalent problem not only in the United States but all around the world. From here in the states where women who come forward accusing someone of rape are told “You asked for it” to parts of the Middle East where incredibly young women are forced to marry their attackers as a way to expunge his record (CBS News–Sherry Johnson).

One major example of rape culture can be seen in the aforementioned example of “You ASKING FOR ITasked for it.” Along with asking for it there is also the argument rapists sometimes use of “They didn’t say no.” One point that is brought up by Kate Harding in her book Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It is that rapists understand “No” in its various forms. Harding notes that in studies men and women understood indirect ways of saying no. She list a number of examples, including: “I’d love to but I already have plans.” Another common response is “Sweet of you to offer but I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it.” Or, “Oh geez, maybe another time?” So if men and women alike both understand these indirect refusals, why is the, “They didn’t say no,” defense still so heavily used and accepted? Maybe it is because mainstream media and pop culture tell women they are liars if they come forward and that their “NO’s” are going to be lost in the “Blurred Lines” of consent (That’s right, I’m looking at you, Mr. Thicke.) Also, maybe it can be seen in the approximately only 35% of rapes that are reported. Or maybe it’s in the less than 50% of rapists who will ever do jail time (Washington Post).

Rape Culture is highly visible in the gauntlet of questions and accusations women have to go through when they report a rape -“You were drinking. What did you expect,” “What were you wearing,” and “Why were you out alone that late at night?” Let me say right here, right now that none of these are reasons for rape. They expected a hangover after drinking, they were wearing what they wanted, and they were out that late at night because maybe they just wanted to go for a walk.

Sources for Rape Culture at McCain Library:

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do About It
Kate Harding

Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media
Nickie D. Phillips

Transforming a Rape Culture
Edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher, Martha Roth

Rape Culture (Video)
Made by Margaret Lazarus and Renner Wunderlich

More Sources on Rape Culture:

25 Everyday Examples of Rape Culture
Everyday Feminism

A Gentleman’s Guide to Rape Culture
Huff Post

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Zotero Learning Lab: Get Help Citing Sources

Zotero Learning Lab 2018

Drop-in to a Zotero Learning Lab session with Mayra Tolentino and Casey Long to learn how to use the web browser add-in/extension Zotero to create footnotes and bibliographies and to organize your sources. It takes 15 minutes to install and learn the basics. If you are already a Zotero user drop-in with your questions and Mayra and Casey will help you expand your knowledge of Zotero.

The Zotero Learning Lab sessions will be held in McCain 211 on: 

  • Tuesday, February 27 at 5pm
  • Wednesday, February 28 at 4pm
  • Wednesday, March 21 at 5pm
  • Thursday, March 22 at 1pm
  • Monday, March 26 at 5pm
  • Tuesday, March 27 at 6pm

Additional sources for Zotero help:

  • Zotero LibGuide: Provides step-by-step instructions for getting started
  • Scottie Research & Rescue Desk: All of the student assistants at the Scottie Research & Recuse Desk can help you install Zotero to your computer and learn the basics of adding citations and creating bibliographies. Drop-in or set up an appointment!

Just need a quick reference for citing in a specific style? Try one of our citation style LibGuides!

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Are you interested in learning more about the Chinese New Year that begins on Friday, February 16? Library student assistants Connie Tran and Lucie Blaise have curated a display on the first floor of the library. Learn more about the Year of the Dog, traditional items and common foods during the Chinese New Year. There are also take-home flyers that feature New Year events and popular Chinese restaurants right here in Decatur.

cny display pic

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Student Requested Additions to the Libraries LGBTQA Collection

Last semester the McCain Library asked for LGBTQA book and DVD suggestions from Agnes Scott students to better inform our purchasing requests for the year. As a result, nearly 20 titles were purchased for the collection.

All of the requested items are available for checkout by the circulation desk on the first floor.

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Transgender History

Fried Green Tomatoes (DVD)

I Am Not Myself These Days

Carry On

This Book is Gay

Will Grayson

One Man Guy

Kissing Kate

I’ll Give You the Sun

Boy Meet Boy

More Happy Than Not

Geography Club (DVD)

The Normal Heart

A Word to Victor Frankenstein

Testo Junkie

Queer Times, Queer Assemblages

Dykes to Watch out For

Becoming Nicole

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Alumnae Video Chat: Careers in Library, Information, and Archival Science

Join McCain Library and Office for Internships and Career Development on Tuesday, January 30th from 6pm-7pm in Campbell 215 for a video chat with April Hathcock ’04 and Lindsay Cronk ’06.

These two illustrious alumnae librarians will share stories about their career paths, answer questions about the profession and graduate schools, and discuss what the future holds for individuals in this profession.

April Hatcock ’04 jokingly refers to herself as a lawyerbrarian since she holds both a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and her MLIS from the University of South Florida. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2004 with a B.A. in French and Psychology. Currently she is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at New York University.  April is well known for her writing and work on intellectual property in a digital world and diversity in libraries. In addition to her own blog, At the Intersection, April  is noted for her article White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS.

Lindsay Cronk ’06 was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2017, just 5 years after graduating with her MLIS from Valdosta State University, in recognition of her incredible ability to leverage technology to build community and share ideas and resources. In her blog she shares resources she has created to further facilitate collaboration with her person and even writes about all the “wrong moves” she made as a new librarian that ultimately turned out right. Currently she is is Head of Collection Strategies at University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries in Rochester, NY., which means she determines the priorities and direction of the resources collected for her library. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2006 with a B.A. in International Relations and Studio Art.
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Students, Borrow McCain Library Books for the Entire Semester


To better facilitate the research needs of our students, all regular collection books in the McCain Library are now loanable for the entire semester. Your new due date will be the last day of exams unless the book is needed by another user.

The change to our circulation policy is meant to reduce the stress of overdues, ensuring you have the materials needed for your research throughout the semester.

Reserves, interlibrary loan, browsing, equipment, and media items are not included as semester long loans. If you do need items from one of the aforementioned groups for a longer period, please let circulation staff know and we will work with you.

For a detailed list of loan times, please consult the following page.


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Study Carrel Reservations at McCain Library Begin Tuesday


Study carrel reservations for spring 2018 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. If you are enrolled in a senior seminar or an independent study, here is your chance to reserve a carrel for a whole semester (to turn it into your home away from home)! Library staff at the main check-out desk will start reserving them as soon as the library doors open on the first day of classes.

There are 41 carrels around the library, so walk through McCain, choose 2-3 carrel numbers/locations as your ideal choice, fill out the form, and get in line early! The carrels typically are all reserved by 9 a.m. Please don’t despair if you miss getting one this spring! Any student may sit at a carrel until the reservation-holder arrives.