Rape, Responsibility, Response: Feminist Solutions to Rape Culture on College Campuses
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AbstractSexual assault on college campuses is an urgent social and cultural issue. The historical mistreatment of rape victims lays the groundwork for our current culture, laden with rape myths that sustain many incorrect and damaging social beliefs and legal theories surrounding sexual assault. Liberal feminists have tried to move towards a solution to this problem through legal recognition, representation, and reform. Radical feminists have criticized reformist elements of the liberal approach, arguing that sexual assault is merely a symptom of a greater social problem, a patriarchal culture that perpetuates and normalizes violence and sexual dominance. This paper considers the views of liberal and radical feminist philosophies as they apply to the issue of sexual assault, while also taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of the solutions they offer. I'll argue that on a practical level, the liberal feminist push for legislative action is necessary in an effort to claim justice for rape victims. However, on more foundational level, I believe that the radical feminist view reaches for the very heart of this issue, calling attention to a cultural acceptance and normalization of misogyny, sexism, and violence that serve as foundations for sexual assault and the endurance of rape culture.
Degree ProgramHonors College