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Asuri Divya Asuri Lauren Elmore Writing 140 15 November 2011 A4 Equality for…Men? Countless news broadcasts often surround horrific stories of women being harassed, raped, and brutally murdered. News corporations relish featuring stories of women and their endless suffering due to the public’s enthusiastic and overly sympathetic interest in these stories. In response to public outcry, the government has too taken a vested interest in the matter and has set up various laws prohibiting sexual violence as well as numerous programs to aid victims involved in sexual violence. Though society has taken strong measures to prevent sexual violence from happening, we see that these ‘measures’ mainly apply solely to women. A major point the public often disregards is the fact that like women, men are also victims of sexual violence. This point subsequently brings up many crucial questions: When do we ever hear news flashes centered on assaulted men? What would be the public’s reaction if they heard news stories about men being victims instead of women? And what has the government done to also protect men? These questions are unable to be answered to some extent because we are not as educated about men in sexual violence as we are in women in sexual violence. Due to the stereotypical belief that sexual violence only victimizes women, the idea of men being victims of sexual violence is often overlooked, leading to society only being able to sympathize with women. Society and its various institutions, such as the media and law enforcement, should however, work towards creating a solution to aid victimized men. The way men and women are defined in society has a colossal impact on how the media, government, and society in general react to sexual violence regarding each gender. When trying to define and differentiate gender roles, we often refer back to the traditional expectations of
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Asuri specific characteristics for a man and a woman. Males are often expected to be the strong headed cold hearted, bread-winners of the family. They hold the highest status within the family, acting as the head and protector of the family. Independence, intelligence, and strength are definite requirements to call oneself masculine. Females, however, carry completely opposite expectations. Women are seen as child bearers, house keepers and most of the time, second in command within the family. Unlike men, women are considered to be extremely dependent on a stable financial support and embody weak, overly emotional, and reserved characteristics. The public often uses these defined gender roles to determine its stance on men and women in sexual violence. In a way, women can even be compared to society’s expectations of children, who are also considered weak and completely dependent on another person. Therefore when a woman is involved in sexual violence, it is seen as taboo, unacceptable in society. Yet, such a horrific event is still considered extremely likely to occur because society simply due to the stereotypical characteristics of a female. When substituting men as victims in sexual
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