The Violence Against Women Act: Combating Rape Culture in the U.S.

For Wednesday, you’ll read Boswell and Spade’s article “Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture.” Read their argument carefully: they’re not blaming fraternities for rape on college campuses, but this pair of researchers is interested in which environments were safer for women and which environments made it easier for men to prey on women at parties. Take note.

HOMEWORK

In addition, listen to an episode of The Diane Rehm Show (see below for link) that recently aired this piece on the Violence Against Women Act: the last congress was the only congress not to renew VAWA since its introduction in 1994 (Bill Clinton signed it into law). It’s time once again for our new congress to decide whether or not to reauthorize the bill.

“The law provides police and other groups with money to help fight domestic violence and sexual assault. It’s been reauthorized every five years since it was first passed in 1994, but not last year. House Republicans objected to modifications which allowed for protections for gays and lesbians, Native Americans and immigrants.”

This radio show discusses VAWA and hosts callers who challenge the act, and Rehm’s guest, in rather stereotypical ways. (The show also features Phyllis Schlafly, the woman responsible in large part for recruiting other politicians to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 70s.)

Listen to this episode of The Diane Rehm Show on VAWA.

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