Jordan Pascoe, Ph.D. and Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
The article offers a challenge to, and an invocation of, the values of Lasallian mission against rape culture. It addresses the continuum of violence, from outright misogynistic terrorism to an ongoing threat of assault and harassment, to the normalization of emotional and physical coercion of (primarily) women; and it explores historical responses within the Lasallian tradition to this pervasive problem in society and identifies a few rich resources within its underlying charism for tackling this pernicious evil (the virtue of silence / listening & a paradigm of association). The Lasallian obligation to address rape culture and attitudes of patriarchal normalcy is articulated; and a challenge is issued to actively teach students about healthy relationships, gender norms, and sexuality. Women and men on college campuses need to be willing to engage these difficult but necessary conversations and take responsibility for their part in the transformations needed in society and on college campuses.
A Lasallian Response to Rape Culture
Keywords: rape culture, intersectional feminism, patriarchal normality, testimonial injustice, double contemplation, affirmative consent, violation, inequality, silence / listening, association
Jordan Pascoe, Ph.D.
Jordan Pascoe, an associate professor of philosophy at Manhattan College, earned her doctorate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
Sarah Scott, an associate professor of philosophy at Manhattan College, earned her doctorate at The New School for Social Research (NY).