11.ReckoningEssay - Min Oh Prof Bromley Writing the Essay 5...

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Min Oh Prof. Bromley Writing the Essay 5 April 2016 Asking for It Do not wear a ponytail because strangers can yank your hair back. Do not wear clothes that can easily be cut, since strangers with scissors will find you easier to unclothe. Do not drink, do not go to that part of the city, do not show skin, and god forbid, do not enjoy life as a sexually autonomous adult. Why is rape the only crime where the perpetrator is supported more than the victim, the only crime where police smirk at you? Drunks are not excused for manslaughter. If two are drunk and one mistakenly murders the other, there is no excuse. If the person says he wants to be murdered, there is still no excuse. We do not tell victims of theft that they should not be walking around with nice purses, nor do we tell the victims of arson that they should not have had such easily burnable wooden houses. And we do not assume the people are lying when they go to police. Yet, these inconsistencies are still true with rape. Why? A discussion on rape culture necessarily requires better insight and context into women’s culture. In her essay “Taking Women Students Seriously,” Adrienne Rich explores the implications of being a female student in a patriarchal society, a world she believes has been organized for and by men. As she narrates her journey through the educational system, Rich observes the sexual discrepancies present in American higher education. She notes that “I never saw a single woman on a lecture platform” in her four years in college, reinforcing the male- centric content of the lectures (211). Rather than encourage these “special, achieving women” to master their fields, “women students were simply not taken very seriously,” told that making
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connections with high-achieving men was more valuable than becoming successful themselves (211). As a teacher for a program centered around minority and poor education, Rich questions the educational system, in particular the “racist public school system, which rewards passivity and treats a questioning attitude or independent mind as a behavior problem” (211). She argues that the passivity of the marginalized people is fueled by societal pressure to conform to the rules and standards set by others. When society demands the conformity and obedience of the marginalized, people have a tendency to listen, either out of unknowingness, indifference, or fear. In his essay “Behavioral Study of Obedience,” Stanley Milgram explores the conflict between obedience and personal conscience, measuring how far an ordinary subject will go beyond his fundamental moral character to comply with authority. The experiment begins under the guise of a newspaper advertisement asking subjects to “participate in a study of memory and learning at Yale University,” using the reputation of the institution to add credibility to the experiment (131).
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