Saturday, 12 August 2000

From “Rape Education Videos: Presenting Mean Women Instead of Dangerous Men”

By Martha McCaughey and Neal King.

We do not use Mean Women to “show” that aggressive self-defense is the way to challenge rape culture. Just as “dangerous men” videos do not necessarily suggest that sexual objectification is the only cause of rape, our Mean Women presentations do not suggest that women’s aggression is the only solution. We have stated already that “dangerous men” images shape men’s consciousness in ways that have little relation to women’s real reactions or wishes. In the same way, “mean women” images might shape men’s consciousness independent of women’s real reactions [...] men may respect women because they believe that they won’t get away with it or that women would actually become very angry.

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