Episode 153: Rape culture exists. So does feminism.

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In this episode we don’t question the existence of rape culture, we explore it. We also hear from an activist about a human rights framework for women’s rights and research on stranger harassment. 

Minute 1:15
Exploring rape culture

Rape culture is a term we hear more and more. But what is it? How pervasive is it? And who is affected? Where do we see rape culture? So many questions. Well to help you understand, we’ve got a radio documentary! It’s produced by rabble.ca’s own Meghan Stacey. It comes to us from the Rad Voices, the podcast that is produced for the Lynn Williams Activist Toolkit as a resource for activists.

Minute 12:00min
Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross has decades of work in the women’s movement under her belt. She’s worked to end violence against women and promote reproductive justice in the United States and around the world. Ross was active in the black nationalist and civil rights movements. In the 1970s, she directed one of the first rape crisis centres in the United States, and she was one of the first African American women to hold that position. From 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, Georgia.Here are some of her thoughts from a presentation in Guelph Ontario

Minute 25:40
Stranger stranger harassment

The band Blondie is famously named for what men used to shout out to Debbie Harry as she walked down the street. That was back in the 70s, but not much has changed. Angela Matthews is a researcher and activist and volunteer at the Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre. She recently conducted research on stranger harassment and its impact on the holistic health of women and the health of our communities. Ariana Barer) from the F-Word caught up with Angela Matthews to learn more about her research.



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