Rape culture does exist in the world, but it's nowhere near as huge of an issue in Western society as it is in the Muslim nations. Modern feminism ideologies are just a part of the Cultural Marxism inhabiting in our colleges in the Americas and Western Europe which will most likely lead to devastating consequences if people do not speak out against it.
But I can't in good conscience stand by and allow the lone yes vote to stand alone. I stand by you in solidarity, rape culture believers.
There are a lot of lies and misinformation such as the
'one in four women' B.S.
But I am firmly against rape in all it's forms.
Yes is the simple answer to this question. People are still raped. We are still taught don't get raped rather than don't rape. People, mostly women, are over-sexualised in media etc. from a very young age. Young children are forced to conform to society's stereotypes. Men can't cry, can't be raped, must be strong. Women are over-emotional, must take a role in the home and are weak. Victim's of rape "deserve it". To quote Todd Akin, "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." People like this are allowed to spread their views in society, gathering followers whom pass on this 'knowledge'. They take these views and act upon it. "She deserved it because she was dressed provocatively?" Clothes don't equal consent. Nudity empowers some, covering up empowers others. What someone wears doesn't affect someone else's behaviour. If someone went out of the street wearing a t-shirt that said kill me, would you do it? So why blame someone's rape on their clothing?
There is no rape culture in the west. Rapists are treated horribly in prison and elsewhere and rightfully so, plus there are strict laws in place for rape. In fact, a man accused of rape, even if proven false, will have his life ruined, just look at Jay Cheshire. Rape is a horrible crime and not to be taken lightly, but to say we live in a rape culture is just absurd.
At least in the college setting. The fact is, actual rape is far less common than that of what the 1/5 statistic might suggest. For one thing, this statistic includes mostly of actions other than actual rape, among other things, forced/unwanted kissing was included as sexual assault in this study. Second, the survey was conducted exclusively with two unnamed, large, public universities. One in the South, and the other in the Midwest. Another thing is that when surveying women, ages 18-25, they used a web-based survey with a low response rate. This is not exactly a very reliable means of getting statistics. I don't doubt that many women have to deal with unwanted sexual predicaments,(kissing, hugging, touching) but the notion that 20% of women are assaulted is rather foolish.
In conclusion, Rape is horrible and should be stopped at all costs, but it is far from being 1/5 of women in college.
So the most common definitions of rape culture I've encountered all hinge along the concept of a society in which rape is either normalized, routinely excused, or is in some way acceptable. Given the fact that not only is rape illegal, most people class it as worse than murder, and society at large will immediately condemn rapists, or even innocent people accused of rape (such as the UVA/Phi Kappa Psi incident).
I believe rape culture in the traditional sense does exist in places such as the majority of the Middle East, where a rape victim can be executed on the grounds of adultery or premarital sex. There are also the cultural practices of Bacha Bazi and Taharush and probably others I'm unaware of, which are both essentially ritualized rape (albiet of differing kinds). People who speak out against this kind of thing in the Middle East (such as Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali) are often targets of Jihadists and Islamists, only garnering widespread support among western countries.
I would also argue that a different kind of rape culture exists in the west - one against men. In many different studies about the prevalence of rape, the rape of men by women is either hidden or redefined into a different category. For example, in the often-cited Mary Koss study on sexual violence on college campuses, men admitted to being forced into sexual intercourse with a woman at the same rate as women admitted to having been raped by a man. Now, most people would consider forced sexual activity to be rape, but the team categorized the raped men under the banner of "other sexual violence," minimizing their experiences. There are many rape and abuse shelters that flat-out refuse to help men, with some reports containing accusations that the receptionist laughed at or belittled male victims seeking help. And of course, there's the Duluth Model of domestic violence (that bleeds its ideology into the conversation on rape) which states that men cannot be abused and women cannot be abusers, and is a model that many police stations run on.
So does rape culture exist? Yes, but not in the way you're asking.