“X things don’t cause rape, rapists cause rape.”
Deaf people have Deaf culture, but I don’t really think that rapists get together and have Rapist Culture.
If only rapists cause rape, then only rapists can contribute to rape culture.
Is everyone who contributes to rape culture a rapist, whether they raped someone or not?
What if a woman has created a work that ‘contributes to rape culture’?
Does a work magically not contribute to rape culture if it was created by a woman?
Even if the same work, were it created by a man, could be pointed to as an example of rape culture?
But since women are perpetual victims of rape culture, and victims are allowed no agency in their victimhood, a woman cannot, therefore, create or perpetuate rape culture.
Does the notion of “rape culture” and the perpetuation of the notion that rape culture exists, a notion that therefore removes agency from women, victimize women by reducing them to a state of perpetual victimhood in which they have no part or agency and therefore no control or means of escape?
Does my introspection on the matter create rape culture?
(It should be noted that this post at The Book Wars, which is an absolutely wonderful blog, is what got me down this line of thinking, particularly since most of the books singled out were written by female authors.)