So, a lot of people don’t understand what rape culture is, so I’m going to give you all a little lesson.

Rape culture centers around blaming the victim of sexual assault, rather than the assaulter themselves. 

And that is wrong.

The top picture is me now, and me in third grade.  I was raped almost every school day for the whole of that year.  

Rape culture is my mom asking me, “Did you ask for it?”

Rape culture is I, the victim, asking myself if I was.

Rape culture is people assuming that I was “asking for it” due to my choice of clothes, and what I said and how I acted.

I remember how I asked my rapist every day, to stop, and how I begged my parents to not send me to school.  I remember trying to kill myself in order to escape this terrible fucking reality.  I remember the long, sleepless nights where I’d cry at 2 AM and run to the bathroom to vomit because I was so fucking scared. 

Rape culture is I, the victim, telling myself despite all of this, that I must have asked for it.

Rape culture is an anon messaging me and telling me that I must have dressed provocatively.

And to this, I ask you, “Was my jacket zipper not pulled up far enough?”

Rape culture is having people repeat the words of my rapist years down the line to me, telling me, just like she said to me all those years ago, that I’m a bad person for being raped.  Rape culture is being told that I deserved this.  Rape culture is telling me that it doesn’t matter how many goddamn times it happened.

That is rape culture.

And rape culture is wrong.


thenightmarerider asked:

Am I the only one who's getting sick of the excuse of "That's how the artists want to draw, so stop telling them what to do!" excuse when it comes to terrible bikini battle armour? It's like these people expect all designs to be nothing down to personal preference, and yet never think about the bigger picture of just how many male artists are part of our culture that influence these decisions? Seriously, it's a poor execuse and I'm sick of hearing ut.

bikiniarmorbattledamage answered:

We’re definitely with you there, friend! That’s why there’s the “art shouldn’t be censored!” rhetoric bingo square: cause “creative freedom” should not be a Get Out of Jail Free card of character design.
As femfreq puts it:


Yup, it’s all about the big picture of our media, not individual examples. Crying “artistic freedom” (or “stylization”, for that matter) to justify questionable design ignores seeking for the reason artist decided to make such choices.

Publishing this ask cause those points need to be iterated more.


The other important thing that people should remember is that commercial art (such as covers, character designs, 3d models in games, etc) is not intended to be a purely artistic experience - it’s a product for consumption.

Artists will have to follow briefs that tell them kind of mood to give the work, what characters to put in it, what themes to put in - unlikely that an art director adding “Don’t put the female characters in ridiculous and hyper-sexualized costumes” would somehow break a professional artist’s will to create.

- wincenworks

using nothing more than newton’s laws of gravitation, we astronomers can confidently predict that several billion years from now our home galaxy, the milky way, will merge with our neighbouring galaxy, andromeda. because the distances between the stars are so great compared to their sizes, few if any stars in either galaxy will actually collide.
any life on the worlds of that far off future should be safe, but they will be treated to an amazing billion-year-long lightshow.
a dance of a half a trillion stars, to music first heard on one little world, by a man who had but one true friend.

"A disproportionate focus on the way men’s lives are affected by rape accusations has an important role to play in rape culture. It reverses the power dynamics, positioning accusers as aggressors. Suddenly it is no longer the alleged crime, but its reporting that is the act of violence."

"This form of erasure, whereby the victim ceases to be a person and becomes a mere plot device in the rapist’s downfall, is heightened when victims of assault are marginalised in other ways and/or subject to other external narratives."