There was something that I wanted to bring up about the video we watched in class. I was nervous about bringing it up in class. We also didn't really venture into this territory during our discussion. The question I posed to myself is whether or not violence in media has increased rape in our society. In the documentary it states that rape has increased since the introduction of violence in television. I couldn't locate the exact statistics but it was roughly along those lines. I am not sure that this is completely accurate. I personally believe that violence in television has not led to an increase in rape. Instead that rape has grown in correlation with our population levels. I think that today women are more likely to report it. My evidence solely relates back to the culture of the past. I feel that a lot less women reported being raped in the early fifties or before than today. This has a lot to do with women's suffrage and its positive affect it has had on our culture. I also take into account the whole Penn State situation. A lot of people from that generation would have considered sex out of wedlock (in any form) to be shameful. They would have comforted their family member and ask them not to be open about what happened. Many families would have been worried what the community would think. Many grandparents would take their grandchild and raise it as one of their own (Jack Nicholson). Though this is very surface level, I don't like blaming our mistakes as human beings on watching violent programming. Even though I personally don't think that rape rates have increased because of violent programming doesn't mean that rape isn't a problem. I hope that we one day figure out how to lower these rates.
-Johnny Lee Fields