"Rape Culture" was first produced in
1975 and then revised in 1983. It helped to shape
consciousness about sexism and violence against
women. The term Rape Culture
is defined for the first time and the film has
played a major role in the emerging movement to
combat violence against women.
examines classic films, advertising, music and
"adult entertainment," and documents
the insights of rape crisis workers and prisoners
working against rape.
This was the first
documentary to establish the relationship between
rape and our culture's sexual fantatasies. The
film shows the connections between violence and
"normal" patterns of behavior. The film
also attempts to expand our society's narrow and
sexist concept of rape to its real and accurate
limits. The notion that rape is an isolated
sexual perversion, the product of an individual's
deranged mind, is dispelled in this film.
Authors Mary Daly and
Emily Culpepper expand the intellectual concepts
of "rapism," and help to expose the
overwhelming support for rapist behavior in our
Nowhere is the
relationship between rape and our culture's
sexual fantasy better illustrated than in
"Rape Culture's" examination of popular
films and media.