This month we are unpacking the many complexities behind hyper-masculinity and its effects on rape culture. Cristal and myself make a great effort of speaking about rape culture from a place of hope due to our own experiences as well as the result of the redemptive power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We continue to believe that these acts of violent and inconceivable behavior could change when we as a culture heal and change as well. That being said, we are not naive to the fact that the dialogue around the topic of rape and sexual assault is more often than not, a "he-said/ she-said basis". There is often a divide in conversations between victim and perpetrator, rapist and rape survivor, or an antagonist/protagonist in every story. The problem when having this limiting perspective on societal issues like these is detrimental and ultimately a hindrance to a cultural shift in the way we think about these issues affecting so many in our population.
In a perfect world, organizations like ours work diligently on cultivating a community of “woke” individuals on topics regarding the well-being of humankind (that’s the hope right?) It is our responsibility as content creators to speak on the difficult topics, whether these topics range from racial literacy in America or the prevalence of gendered the violence in our world, and especially if they happen to intersect. Cristal and I have made it a point to not only hold the hands of other survivors in their walk towards healing but also invite our allies into the conversation. We can’t overlook the parts to the story much of the public ignores, including point of views that are critical to finding a solution. For this reason, we have conducted interviews and conversations on subjects related to rape culture from the perspective of men closest to Cristal and myself in hopes of better understanding the standards and expectations that come with being "a man" in our society in the climate of fem-affirmative movements and agendas. Stays tuned as we take intimidate accounts from men and their experiences around such subjects!
With love and solidarity,
Cristal Lowe and Devin Marie
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