Rape Myths and "Cosmopolitan" Magazine
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This paper discusses how rape myths may prevent women from believing they were raped and how the magazine "Cosmopolitan" has been reinforcing these myths. Famous for its uninhibited treatment of issues pertaining to sex and sexuality, the author gives examples from "Cosmopolitan" throughout the paper that demonstrate the magazine's emphasis on physical attractiveness as a marker of success, its advocacy of women's sexual initiative and of the notion that a woman's worth lies mainly in her sexual availability to men. This, the author argues, leads to women trivializing what could have been a rape experience by deriding themselves. The author also argues that rape myths contribute significantly to the dehumanization that already occurs through the mere act of rape.
From the Paper:"With its strong focus on women's sexual initiative as their measure of desirability, Cosmo teaches women to interpret a rape as 'sex gone bad,' which must be the woman's responsibility. The magazine further supports a strong emphasis on physical attractiveness as a marker of success, and creates an ambivalent picture of female desire that they portray as an imitation of male desire. Both factors support men's belief in the female seductress, the woman who is 'looking' to be raped, i.e. puts on a convincing show."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Muehlenhard, C. L. "Misinterpreted Dating Behaviors and the Risk of Date Rape" Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Volume 6, Issue 1, 1988: 20- 37.
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