Easter break break from blogging. Enjoy a few days off, if you’re taking some.
[Rape culture] is, simply put, a culture which makes violence against women appear normal. This normalization of violence against women consequently leads to a myriad of things whereby the violence against women becomes accepted, even encouraged, and people therefore have the tendency to blame the victim of the violence (the woman) before they blame the perpetrator of the violence (the man). In short, this all fosters an environment for which rape, the worst act of violence against women (with the possible exception of murder), can occur.
"Class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves." This is as true now as it was 25 years ago, and 25 years before that. "Each decade," he continued, "we shiftily declare we have buried class; each decade the coffin stays empty." Compare this with "We’re all middle class now" except we’re not; or "Playing by the rules" which are made by, and change at the whims of, the most privileged; or "We’re all in this together" unless you’re a scrounger.
From Richard Hoggart’s introduction to introduction to George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier.
On The Guardian.