In light of the horrific gang rape incident that happened in India and the congressional Republican’s refusal to reauthorize the Women Against Violence Act, this piece is an important insight into how rape culture operates. Rape culture has its obvious weapon: violence. But this piece also argues that rape culture also wields its power through the perpetuation of a narrative that traps women into the role of virgin, and later, babymaker for the rest of their lives. Purity culture is not innocuous; it breeds the rage and sense of power that propels people to commit and justify acts of violence. In discourse and political action around rape and sexual violence, purity culture cannot be ignored.
-Kristy Choi, Politics Editor