It starts as early as birth with all pink toys (dolls, kitchen toys, etc.) for girls and colourful action toys for boys. Everything from medicine to the entertainment is researched and created with men in mind. Lack of representation and good female leads.
It continues in Kindergarten when dress codes are used to put the responsibility of paying attention to the shoulders of little girls. Even in elementary school, you see little girls being told not to wear spaghetti strap dresses and tanks. Why? They’re little children. But it only gets worse as they grow and girls are pulled out of class because the boys can’t concentrate. That is rape culture. Saying boys will be boys and putting the fault of distracted boys on the bare shoulders and thighs of the girls, rather than having the expectation that they control themselves.
It only gets worse as they grow and girls are pulled out of class because the boys can’t concentrate. Saying “boys will be boys” and putting the fault of distracted boys on the bare shoulders and thighs of the girls, rather than having the expectation that they control themselves.
This kind of language is so deeply ingrained in our culture that a lot of people, both men and women, use it all the time without thinking about its implications for gender and worth.
Locker room banter and joking about rape and women making sandwiches, or being bad drivers when statistics show the contrary.
Automatically blaming the victim for any crime. Always assuming that someone “asked for it.”, “deserved it.”, or is “lying.” This causes crime to go unreported. Telling women that they are responsible for avoiding rape.
“I thought my head was going to explode because I could not believe that this was how these crimes were being handled and that lives were being discarded.” – Mariska Hargitay
Unequal pay for equal work
Dismissing or excusing why it’s still happening. Some people even get extremely anger and defensive when the subject is brought up. There is a wage gap in Canada and is a fact greater among women of colour and white men than it is between white women and white men.
Having an extra tax on female products for no other reason than gender. CBC reports that women pay up to 43% more than men for care products. This includes hair care, deodorant, razors, shaving, soap, etc.
Policemen can’t do anything against stalking. You can have a restraining order done, but between me and you, a piece of paper doesn’t stop anything.
Non-consensual photos – Up-skirt photos – Unsolicited dick pics
Revenge porn becomes go-to for heartbreak
Destroying someone’s life for a temporary hurt or for the sake of pride becomes acceptable.
Catcalling and street harassment becomes a daily occurrence
People genuinely think it’s flattering. Street harassment is often a way to express power over women. It isn’t about compliments. It isn’t about meeting new people. It’s the thrill of the hunt, emphasis on the word hunt.