A Cultural Perspective for Understanding How Campus Environments Perpetuate Rape-Supportive Culture

Sarah J. Argiero, Jessica L. Dyrdahl, Sarah S. Fernandez, Laura E. Whitney, Robert J. Woodring


This article explores the promotion of a rape-supportive culture in three distinct environments: a university residence hall common area, football tailgate event, and a bar. Key features of a rape-supportive culture are the acceptance of rape myths, promotion of hegemonic masculinity, and peer support. Our findings indicate the existence of rape-supportive culture through male controlled environments, use of women as entertainment, influence of interactions between men, and the desensitization of sex.

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