Food for Thought – Day #11 of Red My Lips

What do you think about when you hear about Rape Culture? Do you think about women who were raped? Do you think this is just a phrase women made up to blame everything on men? What is Rape Culture?

We are all touched by rape culture whether we like it or not. We are touched by it in movies, on tv, on the street.

Rape culture is “a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.”

Rape culture is the man or women who makes you uncomfortable as they ogle you on the street (and feel they have the privilege to do it).

Rape culture is a pop song that discusses persuading someone to say “yes” even though they strongly say “no”.

Rape culture is basing a validation of rape based on what was (s)he wearing.

Rape culture is the statement,”(S)he deserved it.”

We all experience rape culture every day. As previously posted, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is not too late to throw on your favorite red lipstick (or get a favorite red!)and take a stand against Rape Culture by helping Redmylips.org spread awareness.

10 Percent of my red lipstick sales will be donated to RedMyLips.org. Email me at notonyourcollar gmail.com to find out what red Lipsense colors I have in stock.

Join us for Red My Lips

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. For the whole month of April, RedMyLips.org is encouraging men and women to wear red lipstick to take a stand against rape culture and sexual violence. According to the Red My Lips website,

Red My Lips is an international nonprofit organization designed to raise visibility and awareness about the realities and prevalence of sexual violence, while combating rape myths and victim-blaming. We run an annual global awareness and action campaign where our fierce and fearless supporters rock red lipstick all throughout the month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) to demonstrate solidarity and support for survivors and start important conversations with people in their lives.

This is an important topic for me. Because of an incident I had experienced, in college and law school, I committed myself to speaking out against rape culture and sexual violence. I wrote papers, assisted with cases, and studied it. I love what this organization is doing and believe that awareness and knowledge are a great way to ending sexual violence and rape culture. Because I believe in the organization and their mission, I am donating 10% of my red Lipstick sales to RedMyLips.

I would like to encourage everyone to wear red lips (any brand of lipstick, of course) for the month of April.  It’s a small thing, but means so much.

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