When was the last time you were at a parade this crowded!
I really recommend reading the entire article. Trigger warning for discussion of rape and rape culture - it’s a tough article but very important.
(Thanks to byunbbi for submitting)
I think this quote also really captures what is happening when one is reported so much more than the other in American media:
“24,000 rapes in one year. That’s an epidemic. Brutal gang rape. Police doing nothing to protect or prosecute. Culture of rape. But something like that would never happen here in America, right? India is dirty and dangerous and overcrowded and backwards and misogynistic and this is just a third world problem, right? A really sad problem, but it would never happen here, right?”
It creates another false dichotomy where “we” feel bad for “them” that they have to live in those “conditions.” Definitely both situations are in need of address, but it’s worth examining why media leaps on framing India and its sexual assault issues as if they are a world different from ours- as if “our people” /culture really act better or respect women and victims more (they don’t.)
24,000 in a population of a billion vs 188,000 out of 300 million?
it’s way easier to dehumanize poc culture and portray it as being primitive and backwards than to analyze the structure of misogyny and rape culture in the so called “developed world”.
I’m not really understanding the point in comparing the statistics of rape between America and India. What is the argument here? I think its subtlety saying “hey wait, its more horrendous that its happening to us civilized people.” Yeah, I think that’s the point implied in this little conversation.
The point explicitly stated in this article is that although the Western media - and white feminism - is so quick to denounce India as a barbaric, dangerous place for women and contrast it with us so-called civilized people, when in fact the numbers make it plain to see that the Western world has no right to call itself civilized when it comes to sexual assault either. That is something I got (rightfully) called out for by a Desi blogger just last week.
Great infographic & write-up from Nerd Wallet:
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