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An activist during Jacob Zuma’s rape trial in 2006. He was acquitted and went on to become South Africa’s president. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Celebrity campaigns and rape culture: the pluses and the pitfalls

The #Metoo campaign shows that we should not think of Harvey Weinstein as an isolated case, or just one bad apple. There are thousands more like him. Globally, sexual harassment has become normalised.
Harvey Weinstein: the allegations against him cast a spotlight on the stories we prize in literature and film. Paul Buck/EPA

Rape is a plot device in western literature, sold back to us by Hollywood

Woody Allen said it was “sad”. Quentin Tarantino said he needed to nurse his own “pain” and “emotions” about the revelations. Oliver Stone took it further – it was not just that he gave the nod to Woody…
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in 2014. In the wake of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein, many in Hollywood are calling for sweeping changes to the entertainment industry to prevent the mistreatment of women. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

What rape culture says about masculinity

In the wake of recent horror stories about men in power who abuse women - like Harvey Weinstein - a professor at Lakehead breaks down rape culture and makes a few suggestions for men to make change.
Emma Cooper created the show “Rape is Real and Everywhere” with fellow comedian Heather Jordan Ross. Scot McLean

Survivors use humour to challenge rape culture

Rape jokes are among the most controversial that comedians can tell, but a Concordia professor says laughing at the absurdity of a world that silences survivors is also an act of support and solidarity.
The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance program is the only campus education program proven to decrease sexual assault. (Shutterstock)

Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it

A program developed by a University of Windsor professor significantly reduces a woman's risk of rape on campus. It also focuses on communicating sexual desires.
International law is clear on whether sexual consent is possible when civilians are faced with armed soldiers. Instagram/Furymovie

The rape scene in Brad Pitt’s Fury no-one is talking about

Brad Pitt says his new Oscar-tipped film Fury is “a real study in leadership and learning to command respect and because of this, I am now a better father”. But while many reviewers have commented on the…
Brendan Cowell’s new play The Sublime threatens to purge the word rape of its power – and that’s a dangerous move. Jeff Busby/MTC

We need language to shock: why The Sublime gets rape wrong

Here are two opposing definitions of rape. Rape: a violent, criminal act almost exclusively inflicted on women and girls by men. An ordeal of which the outcome is devastating, shaming, psychologically…

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