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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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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.

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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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Students, Borrow McCain Library Books for the Entire Semester

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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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Open late on Monday, Dec. 11

The library was originally set to close at 6pm on Monday; however, to assist students studying for the extra exam session added to Tuesday morning due to last Friday’s snow, on Monday night, 12/11, McCain Library will stay open until 10:30pm.
  • Check out/reserves service will be staffed: research help ends at 6:30pm. Good luck wrapping up!
  •  Please return all borrowed library items before leaving campus. Thanks!
  •  Merry holidays and happy winter break!

 

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McCain Library Closing @ 2 pm Today (12/8/17)

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Dear Students,
 
We’re sorry to announce that McCain Library will close today at 2pm due to deteriorating road conditions and staff needing to be safe getting home. That should support those of you taking the 2pm exams today.
 
Our apologies also for canceling extended hours tonight.
 
We expect to open the library at 11am Saturday. A determination about Sat. night will be made tomorrow.
 
McCain G11 is available for studying later today and tonight if you’re on campus.
 
If you have items to return to the library please keep them until Saturday (any fines will be waived) or place them in the book drop next to the front doors. Stay safe and warm! Good luck finishing the semester.
 
Thank you.
 
Liz Bagley