Undoing our culture of sexual and emotional violence requires a return to basics, reevaluating of the values and lessons we convey to children. Through stereotypical gender roles, pop culture, and even our language, boys are taught that they have a right to women’s bodies and sexuality; that their value is correlated with sexual experience, while women’s value is placed on purity and sexual inexperience. In order to build a culture of empathy and respect, it is essential that we recognize and name harmful narratives, while working to actively challenge behaviors that perpetuate a rape culture.
– Brett Goldberg
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