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Transcript: Your Vagina is Not a Car by Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen

Clementine Ford

Australian writer and feminist Clementine Ford’s TEDx Talk: Your Vagina is Not a Car at TEDxSouthBankWomen (Transcript)

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What is rape culture? If you haven’t heard the term before, rape culture is basically acknowledging that we live in a society that normalizes or diminishes rape through the bombardment of images, language, laws and social attitudes. It’s a culture in which victim blaming is just not present but common — and caveats like: What did she expect going home with him? And “She was drunk, wasn’t she?” And “She slept with him before, look at that skirt she was wearing”, are routinely invoked to excuse perpetrators as having just done what everyone would’ve expected them to do. Done what a red-blooded Aussie man would do. I can’t say it clearer than that, she did go home with him.

It’s that kind of language. It’s the language of lawmakers who use words like: honest rape and forcible rape and legitimate rape. To portray the fact that they believe there are actually two kinds of rape: there is the very, very small incidents of real rape and then there are all the overwhelming incidents of rape where women are actually just lying about it, because they are so embarrassed by the fact they’ve allowed something to enter their shame cave – other than the Holy Spirit. So that’s rape culture.

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