Rape Culture

Casey Dobson
Assisant Editor-in-Chief


He tells me rape culture isn’t a thing
From his pretty protected palace of male privilege
High enough in the clouds so he can still see our battleground 
But far enough so that he is blind to the blood
My mouth becomes the flat line my heart wishes it could beat
But how can I let myself go still when there is a world to turn upside down?
Does he really think we carry keys around our finger
Because that’s what the Marc Jacobs girls wore?
Does he not see that we have no choice but to believe that this is our only way to unlock security in the streets?
Explain to me if rape culture isn’t a thing
How do I get asked if I carry a knife or pepper spray
Followed by no seriously when I exhale in response?
If rape culture isn’t a thing
Why do I put your lack of self control
Before my confidence when picking an outfit?
If rape culture isn’t a thing
Why do we teach girls not to leave their drinks alone
Instead of teaching the world not to drug the drinks?
If rape culture isn’t a thing
Why do catcalls sound like home?
Why do I see my history in locks and keys?
Why do you need a “me too”? 
If the problem doesn’t exist
You shouldn’t need to ask its survivors for their stories in order to stop it
If the problem didn’t exist
We could be okay with teaching our daughters to be somebodies instead of somebody’s
If the problem didn’t exist
Girls could wear shorts to school without being told they were a distraction 
He tells me rape culture doesn’t exist
From his pretty protected palace of male privilege
I tell the prince to visit the streets 
To see where I am from
And dare him to tell me I am uncultured

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 09 on February 12th, 2020